News Release 185

Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park’s 75th Anniversary Oct. 19

Volume 39-185 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The public is invited to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park. Originally dedicated in 1938, the park will host a rededication ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 19. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, all events will be held in the monument field, just as the original dedication events were.

Visitors can enjoy historical presentations, nature displays, storytelling and tram tours of the park. Activities will emphasize the colorful cultural and natural history of the park, including flora and fauna, early settlement, development of the park by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and the legacy of the Babler family. Festival activities will run from 12 to 4 p.m., and the ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Food will be available for purchase throughout the event.

At 4:30 p.m., attendees can enjoy a concert with James Truesdale and the Tools of the Trade, followed by a Night Sky Over Babler program presented by the St. Louis Astronomical Society at 7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

The 75th anniversary celebration is also a great opportunity to log miles as a part of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles challenge. To celebrate Missouri’s distinction as the “Best Trails State” by American Trails and to encourage Missourians to enjoy the outdoors, Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are inviting Missourians to join them in completing 100 Missouri Miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.

For more information and to take the Challenge, visit Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter.

Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park is located 20 miles west of St. Louis on Highway BA, between U.S. 40 and Highway 100. For more information about the event, call the park at 636-458-3813. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.