WHEREAS, the members of this body have learned with consternation that the official Missouri State Highway vacation map, recently released, fails to indicate the location of Noel, Pineville, Southwest City and other significant historical and scenic points of interest in McDonald County and Southwest Missouri; and
WHEREAS, it is the consensus of this body that the failure to give proper recognition to these famous areas of interest on the map is discriminatory; and
WHEREAS, the failure to identify and locate this beautiful and scenic region is detrimental to the economic, social and cultural development of the area; and
WHEREAS, the inhabitants of McDonald County and Southwest Missouri have become so frustrated and incensed at this complete and utter lack of consideration that a number of courses of action are presently under consideration; now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, that a committee of three be appointed by the President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate to meet with a like committee appointed by the Governors of the States of Arkansas and Oklahoma; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this tri-state committee shall meet within thirty days following its appointment and conduct a study of the feasibility of taking the necessary steps to form the fifty-first state of the Union, to be composed of that territory now within the boundaries of McDonald County, Missouri; Benton County, Arkansas; and Delaware County, Oklahoma; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to send copies of this resolution to the Honorable John M. Dalton, Governor of the State of Missouri, The Honorable Orville E. Faubus, Governor of the State of Arkansas; and the Honorable J. Howard Edmondson, Governor of the State of Oklahoma; and to each of the elected representatives of the respective counties in the States of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
Lee Aaron Bachler
Manuscript notation states: "Read
4/12/61. Referred to the Committee on Salaries, Res. and Misc. Bills"
Note: Cross-references to Senate Resolution No. 55 and 106
SOURCE: Missouri State Archives, Missouri Secretary of State's Office, P.O. Box 1747, Jefferson City, MO 65102; certified copy, Record of 71st General Assembly, 1961, Senate Resolutions, Box (13511) 225 Series I 40A/2/5 http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/
See Information about Senate Resolution No. 55 and Senate Resolution No. 106
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