CARTHAGE, Mo. — Reservations are being accepted for screenings of the movie "Less Traveled: A Journey from Pine to Palm" at the Powers Museum, 1617 Oak St.

Highway Walkers Media, an adventure documentary film company based in Leon, Iowa, will screen the film in two showings at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

The film, about the Jefferson Highway, is the third from filmmaking duo Josiah Laubenstein and Darrell Johnston, who have been working together for five years.

The Jefferson Highway was the continent's first transnational highway. Starting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and finishing in New Orleans, the highway was an "auto trail" for early roadsters.

This year, the Jefferson Highway will celebrate the centennial of its establishment and route designation through key terminal cities, including Galena, Baxter Springs, Fort Scott and Pittsburg in Kansas; Nevada, Lamar, Carthage, Joplin, Neosho, Anderson and Noel in Missouri; Sulphur Springs, Gravette, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville and Fort Smith in Arkansas; and Miami and Vinita in Oklahoma.

The highway covered more than 2,200 miles. Much of it can still be traveled today, including some original portions that are dirt or rock as in the early days. The route was eventually overtaken by state highways that are known today by the numbers 71, 69, 59 and others.

The film is about an hour and a half long; there will be a question-and-answer session afterward.


Admission is free, but reservations are required by Wednesday, Sept. 28, or until tickets are no longer available. For more information, call 417-237-0456.

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