in Downtown Champion Missouri
Champion can be found about 80 miles southeast of Springfield, Missouri, on County Road 243, just off of State Highway WW.
Downtown Champion has exactly one house, one church
and one store, with a gas station.
The Henson’s Store has been around since 1940. The photo below was taken on our third trip to the store in 2004. Not much had changed since 1940.
A friend who had grown up in the area told us about this store in 1999. Not long after our first visit in 1999 we discovered that the store was in a book published in 1983 by the National Geographic Society. We bought the book at a yard sale on Kadena Airbase in Okinawa Japan in 1987. How is that for weird coincidence?
By 2010 the store was becoming unsafe, so a new store was built in its place in 2011. The new store is slightly larger, built higher off the ground, and with an indoor restroom. Other than the floor space and restroom the new store is very much like the original. The photo below is taken on the porch of the new store.
On of the things that did not change is the old wood stove. This is where the locals have been meeting and exchanging stories since the 1940’s. Now they just have more room to sit and visit.
Across from the store is the church. The garage and gas station is next to the store, and there is a house on the other side. There’s plenty of room parking out front.
I hope you have enjoyed our visit to this old time corner of my world, and if for some reason you are passing thru the area, give them a visit. You won’t be alone. There is a guest book by the register with people from Europe, Brazil and China among other places.
Coco Palms Resort, Wailua, Kauai
The Coco Palms Resort Hotel has been abandoned since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
This is the hotel that was used in the Elvis Presley movie Blue Hawaii. Wailua is a small community on the south side of the larger town of Kapaa and on the north side of the Wailua River.
The Oldfield Opry in Oldfield, Missouri
The Oldfield Opry was founded by four friends in 1977. The friends first started playing in an old feed store. By 1990 the feed store was not big enough to hold all of the people that came to hear them play. This current building was built by volunteers and with donations and seats 200. It’s a place where friends and musicians can come together and play. There is no admission but they do accept donations. If you need a snack you can buy a slice of home made pie or cake.
hubby and I found this while wandering around the town of Lebanon, Missouri.
This is someone’s front yard, how cool is this?
Birthplace of Amelia Earhart