Bigdogs Examine Uranus

Home of Uranus Axe Hole

Nestled in the Ozarks on Route 66 is a tourist attraction home to the butt of all jokes — Uranus, Missouri.

“It’s not a town. It’s a destination,” says the sign that welcomes people into Uranus.

Once you arrive to the roadside attraction, you’ll find that “There’s A Lot To Do In and Around Uranus,” according to the tourist destination website.

There’s the Uranus Fudge Factory, The Uranus AxeHole (for indoor axe throwing) and escape rooms at Escape Uranus.

While not an actual town, Uranus is like a strip mall that has gone “delightfully, disgustingly wrong — or right,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in 2017. The tourist attraction with shops and photo ops started in 2000 with a strip club, the paper reported. From there, owner Louie Keen — now Uranus’ “mayor” — started a bar and grill, tattoo shop and the fudge shop.

And soon there’s going to be a weekly newspaper that will cover all the news that happens in Uranus and the surrounding areas.

That announcement came about a week after GateHouse Media announced that it would be shutting down Pulaski County’s local paper, the Waynesville Daily Guide. Uranus is located about fives miles away from Waynesville in Pulaski County.

So, in an effort to “fill the void” in local news coverage, the Daily Guide’s former managing editor Natalie Sanders is helping Keen, the “mayor” and owner of Uranus, start a new newspaper — The Uranus Examiner.

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