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MY JOURNEY TO BUFFALO, MISSOURI (A Place To Call Home)

Updated on September 25, 2013

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After having some major life changes, I decided to move to Buffalo, Missouri. I had a few reservations at first, but after several visits, I packed my wagon one more time and moved.

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In my lifetime, I have moved at least 32 times, lived in six different states and in two other countries and visited a few others. I've traveled over at least 30 states in the U.S. and thousands of cities, but none have been as welcoming as Buffalo, Missouri

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Local Businesses

I have visited the Dollar General and Wal-Mart of course. The cashiers have been helpful and friendly there. At Wood's Grocer, the cashiers were very friendly and helpful as well. In fact, the staff throughout the store are very attentive. I found Save-A-Lot less friendly, but in all fairness, I got there about 1 1/2 hours before close and it was at the end of the day.

Travis at Sonic was friendly and courteous and showed stellar customer service. In fact, we've returned there for other visits to get an ice cream and all the wait staff have been very friendly and on the move to get the orders out.

I took my daughter for an ice cream at McDonald's and though it was not lunch time, the place was hopping and the service was great.

The local gas stations have been just as friendly and I have found them clean and organized to date.

I joined some local media sites on Facebook who seem to have Buffalo's best interest at heart. Some moderators there are trying to get some of the local artists recognized and bring in tourism to Buffalo.

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Buffalo Prairie Middle School

SCHOOL MASCOT: Bison (of course). MOTTO: Where every Bison counts!

I went to the school then to register my child and I was very impressed with the school building and the entire staff.

The school was very organized with different colors of stations for each department represented and as each station highlighted their department on your entry card, you completed that section.

The transportation department was very helpful, listened closely to my concerns, as did all the staff. They answered questions willingly, politely and with a smile. The bus driver is very friendly and helpful as well.

I had specific questions for the counselor, Dr. Carlson. He was more than willing to answer questions and help.

Now that school has started, my daughter has made several friends and is off to a great start. Thanks to all the staff at Buffalo Prairie Middle School!

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Medical Solicitation

From there, we met Dr. Kauffmann at Citizen's Memorial Health, to establish care. Not only was she a great listener, she also met all of our needs.

As for the pharmacy, we began at Nyberg's Pharmacy but switched to The Corner Drugstore because Nyberg's didn't accept our insurance, which actually is a well known name. When presenting at The Corner Drug Store, the staff was very helpful and appreciative of our patronage.

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It seems we haven't met a stranger yet. From yard sales, swap meets to businesses, everyone has been just super.

We stopped at the nearby Louisburg Settler's Reunion and met some friendly folks there as well. At this event, I met fellow Facebooker and artist named Linda Beebe from nearby Long Lane. More and more, I'm finding that Buffalo is full of very talented people and artists of all different kinds from flint-knappers to painters.

As if the nearby recreational places aren't enough, like Pomme de Terre and Ha Ha Tonka, Bennett Springs reeled me in.

Not only is Bennett Springs a recreational place and easy on the eye, it's also entertaining. Fly fishing is a favorite and the locals tend to the campers and tourists quite well.

Nearby Truman Lake Dam and Springfield, Missouri are great places to visit. Bass Pro is a family favorite in Springfield, as is the Conservation Center, the Zoo and Fuddruckers.

Please see my other articles on Truman Lake Dam, Pomme de Terre, and Best Kept Secrets in Missouri for further area information. Don't forget to visit Strafford's Wildlife Safari, just about 30 minutes from Buffalo. If you can't go in person, visit my article on Hubpages for a "virtual tour".

Branson, Missouri is a little more than an hour away, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kansas City and Six Flags over St Louis are less than a day's drive.

I'm actually situated rurally between Buffalo and Bennett Springs so either way I venture out, I'm a winner. I'm in the very middle of the United States. It's a great place to be!

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Adding to Buffalo's appeal, there are numerous churches to choose from and shops that offer goodies from both Amish and Mennonite cultures, mostly organic in nature, in and around the small prairie town.

We first attended morning service at Bible Baptist Church and found the congregation friendly and the minister very worthwhile. We will visit at least one other church before deciding on our home church, but this one certainly is a family church.

Buffalo, Missouri Populous

Buffalo, Missouri is the county seat of Dallas County Missouri with just over 3,000 populous.

Notable people from Buffalo:

  • Philip Allen Bennett (1881-1942), Missouri Senator and Lt. Governor, US Congressman
  • Louis Brownlow, author
  • James B. Potter, Jr. (born 1931), Los Angeles City Council member, 1963–71
  • Terry D. Scott, 10th Master Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy
  • Dr. Arthur Mallory, former President Missouri State University and former Missouri Commissioner of Education

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The Dallas County Museum

There is a museum in Buffalo. I have not been inside yet. I understand it is open infrequently as it is staffed by volunteers. I am excited about getting inside and will update this when I have succeeded.

Summary

If you haven't been to Buffalo, Missouri, you are missing all the benefits of a warm, friendly town with rich history and surrounding beauty that is in awe of God's creation. Whether you come from the city to enjoy winding down from the hustle and bustle or whether you prefer small towns, Buffalo, Missouri and her surrounding areas will not disappoint.

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      T. Clifton 3 years ago from Buffalo, Missouri

      Thank you. I went to a new place last night so I will be updating it soon. Nicest restaurant but very bad food (again). I'm starting to think people on the Eastern side of the state just cook waaaayyyy different! lol.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful read. It reminded me to take note of people and places around me. Relating a moving story like this tells me I am not looking at things with fresh eyes. I will move back, to my little town tonight and look around. Thanks much

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      T. Clifton 4 years ago from Buffalo, Missouri

      Thank you!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Small towns are so much nicer and friendlier than big cities. Buffalo sounds like the perfect place to be and you have settled in so well. They say home is where the heart is and yours certainly sounds as though its in Buffalo :))

      Voting Up and sharing

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      T. Clifton 4 years ago from Buffalo, Missouri

      Thank you Mark! I appreciate that.

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      Mark 4 years ago from Moundsville,WV

      Awesome hub. I have moved a lot in the past myself so I can relate. Isn't it funny that the place you resist going to the most usually ends up your favorite place to live. I moved from Myrtle Beach, S.c to Summerville, S.c very reluctantly but now many moves later Summerville is still my favorite place that I have lived. Voted up great job

      Mark

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      T. Clifton 4 years ago from Buffalo, Missouri

      Thank you so much Jackie! Yes, it is a lovely town. Best move I've ever made!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is really good. Wish I had something like this to write about a little town called Goose Creek outside Charleston SC years ago. We just never met such friendly people everywhere and I am sure that is what has inspired you for this town you write of. Thanks for the info and photos. Up and sharing.