News Release 125

Bring your ideas to the open house at Fort Davidson State Historic Site on April 11

Volume 38-125 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 17, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites you to bring your ideas to an open house and informational meeting on Sunday, April 11 at Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Pilot Knob. The open house will begin at 2 p.m. in the site's visitor center, followed by and informational meeting at 4 p.m. The meeting will address issues related to both Fort Davidson and Elephant Rocks State Park near Graniteville.  

Representatives from the historic site and park will be on hand to provide information about the facilities and to answer questions. Agenda items will include an update regarding the facilities, planned improvements at the sites and a recap of the year's accomplishments. The public is invited to share comments about the facilities and current operations. Based partially on previous comments and input from the public, the department has completed the repaving of the Braille Trail and is developing another trail at Elephant Rocks State Park. At Fort Davidson State Historic Site, the department hopes to develop a short flat trail for exercise use and is working with local civic groups to develop a hiking trail up Pilot Knob Mountain.  Recently, the battlefield also acquired a replica of a Woodruff cannon. Six of these small howitzers were in the fort during the Battle of Pilot Knob.

The informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by the department to ensure that the public has input on services and facilities offered in state parks and historic sites. 

Fort Davidson State Historic Site's visitor center is located on Highway 221 in Pilot Knob. Persons requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling Fort Davidson State Historic Site at 573-546-3454 or the department toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.

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