Original Facebook post July 6
I will be the first to admit that I may be a little biased when I say that De Soto, MO is an Amazing Place. But since it is my Dad's hometown, I want to honor it for all that it is and once was.
De Soto was incorporated in 1869, which means it is celebrating it's 150th birthday next year. It currently is the site of a Union Pacific Railroad car repair shop and the home of the Railroad Employees' Memorial. The small town was known as "Fountain City" because of the abundance of artesian wells there.
In case you are wondering, news still travels fast in small towns. I was only in De Soto for a couple of hours for the MANESS (Long Lost Cousin) Family Reunion when I was contacted by a charming reporter for Leader Publications named Tracey Bruce. She said she'd heard about the reunion and asked if she could attend to interview some of the family.
I really enjoyed seeing the quaint downtown and meeting some of the very friendly people there. It was my impression that De Soto has retained and cultivated that intimate charm that is a welcome part of the American experience.
Update July 3, 2018: For more posts, photos and links about De Soto, MO, see:
11. MANESS (Long Lost Cousin) Family Reunion Invite.
35. Honor Thy Father.
36. Amazing Places: De Soto, MO.
37: Amazing Places: Pine Mountain Country Coffee House.
38: MANESS (Long Lost Cousin) Family Reunion Photos.
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