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50th annual Bushwhacker Days preserves the history of Nevada, MO

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Organizers of Nevada's 50th annual Bushwhacker Days celebration estimate 10 to 12 thousand people will have attended the 4-day event.
Nevada, Missouri is known as the bushwhacker capital of the world, a history its residents are working to preserve.
"It's just a very important part of Nevada, what happened during the civil war," said Merle Huber, Nevada resident.
"Vernon County sent more men to the Confederate Army than any other county in the state of Missouri per capita," said Shirley Ann Bastow, Nevada resident.
Last year marked the 150th anniversary of Union troops burning down the entire town, all to eliminate the Missouri Bushwhackers who were ambushing the Kansas Jayhawkers travellitraveling.
"Be thankful we weren't around when that happened," said Billy Evans, Nevada resident.
"The border wars were fought in this area between the Missouri Bushwhackers and the Kansas Jayhawkers," said Frank Arnold, Bushwhacker Days Committee member.  "We still have a good hearty, friendly competition with our local town Fort Scott across the way."
The courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the town's most prized rebuilt structures.
"Not every town can say that they've rebuilt after being burned down," said Amanda Brooks, Nevada resident.
"It's just the nature of Nevada," Arnold said.
And the annual Bushwhackers Day celebrates that spirit.
Reenactors bring to life the history they want others to remember.
"You learn stuff everyday, said Patrick Christie, Nevada resident.  "I'm still learning stuff."
"It's fun for everyone," said Kalsie Murphy, 5th grader.
Residents say the growth of the festival each year proves that Nevada is moving forward.
"The city is slowly getting back on its feet," Arnold said.  "The economy is hurting everybody, but Nevada is slowly growing."
"I think Nevada is growing," Huber said.  "Just the fact that they've continued to have this celebration for 50 years, tells me that it's a progressive community."
This year's festival included 106 vendors at the square and cost around $50,000 to organize.
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