Collecting Stocktons: Eagle Days

Our Stockton today is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Southern Missouri.

Stockton, Mo., is “No different than most rural Southern Missourians,” Wikipedia says. “The citizens of the community and surrounding areas portray a dominantly conservative southern/country lifestyle that culturally seems to have more in common with Missouri’s border states: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee, than it does with the rest of its own state …”

The village’s (pop 1,819) annual Black Walnut Festival features such events as a tractor pull, turtle race and duck calling contest. Also noteworthy was a 2003 killer tornado that bulldozed the town’s historic district, destroyed 250 homes and killed three Stocktonians.

A local newspaper, the Bolivar-Herald Free Press, reports it’s Eagle Days in Stockton.

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