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Our seventh in a series of articles about gardening in the Cameron area takes us a few miles east of town to the home of Jeron and Barbara Drager. They have owned their 21-acre property since 1980, so they have had time to create a lovely landscape. Jeron and Barbara recently built a new house and...
Our sixth in a series of gardens in the Cameron Area takes us to South Pine Street in Cameron, the home of Steve and Sheila Medlam. Their garden is well-known as “the place across from the pool with the cannon.” Indeed, the first thing you see in their front yard is a monument to American military...
Woodstock may be the best-known rock festival of all time, but it’s likely that the Ozark Music Festival held over the weekend of 19-21 July 1974 was bigger.  But , how is this an “ Outdoor Journal “ column? Well, that’s a good question.   The big festival on the State Fair Grounds in Sedalia makes...
Eighty years ago, on August 1939, the local Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPWC) commissioned a professional filmmaker to create a documentary film of Cameron.  The original goal was to make some money for the BPWC’s scholarship efforts.  There was no cost to the BPWC for production of the...
Cleome or spider flower plant
The third garden in our 2019 series is on South Chestnut Street in Cameron, the home of Mary Beth Carr. Mary Beth and her husband Mark have lived in this home for 23 years, and the garden has expanded several times as they added new things. It is both an oasis and a playground for them and their...
Vinegar Hill 1939
I don’t know exactly how it got its name, but I know Vinegar Hill was an early road famous for being a challenge to climb since the day it was put in.  It was on a main section road that connected Caldwell and Clinton Counties.  Located on the old Mormon Trail from Far West to Ft. Leavenworth, the...
Amelia Holmes enjoys her ice cream reward alongside mother Amanda Tuesday night
With more than 1,000 participants in activities related to the Cameron Public Library Summer Reading, librarians kept their promise and treated young program participants to ice cream and games. With the school year beginning next week, the Cameron Public Library wrapped up its space-based 2019...
While decluttering the old “Photography by Dean” building downtown, some friends found an old outdoor sign in a dark unlit hallway on the second floor.  It looked like an expensive porcelain on steel sign.  It had the words “Westameron Variety Store” across it, with the words “Home Owned” in the...
If you are ever asked “what is the oldest bicycle tour event in the United States?”, the answer is the title to this week’s Outdoor Journal. The  (Des Moines) Registers Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, better known as RAGBRAI got underway July 21 in Council Bluffs and will over the course of the...
Keith Mathews was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and is a photographer and a musician, residing in the Cameron area with his wife Angie. Keith holds two bachelor degrees from Missouri Western State University and masters in education. He works for Cameron Group Care and has his own business "...

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