THAYER -- Local folks had the opportunity to tour the Thayer Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information Center and Railroad Museum April 15.
The re-opening of the tourist information center to the public was April 16.
Caroline Sutherland is the coordinator for the center. She said the center is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "We are still accepting volunteers to help man the center during the warm weather or tourist months," she said.
The center is located adjacent to McDonald's.
The Thayer Chamber of Commerce has always focused on tourism. The dream of a tourist information center for the chamber became a reality because of a Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) grant applied for by the city with the help of the chamber. This is the second year the center has been in operation.
Sutherland said the center features information about Oregon County, Branson and other close tourist spots of interest. "We supply information about other areas, but our main information is centered on Oregon County," she said.
The local chamber is responsible for funding the center and is also accepting donations to help keep the center open.
"We are also accepting railroad memorabilia for the museum," she said. She said one of the most interesting pieces of history to come to the museum recently is a train stove donated by the Pete Clark family of Thayer.
She said Missouri souvenirs are available at the center and she is working on getting some Thayer souvenirs also.
Sutherland calls Thayer home. She grew up in Camp, Ark., and graduated from high school in Salem. She lived in Alton until the early 1970s.
She moved back to Thayer after living elsewhere in Missouri in 2005.
"I like Thayer and the people in Thayer. I can remember when I was a little girl growing up in Camp, Thayer was the big town we went to," she said.
Sutherland said she invites the community to share in helping to keep the center open either by volunteering their time at the center, making a donation for utilities or donating train memorabilia to the center.