In central Missouri, just east of the Lake of the Ozarks, is a town of 200 people called Tuscumbia. By all accounts, Tuscumbia is a small, quiet river town. But in some corners of internet, Tuscumbia is legendary. This is because, on a chilly February morning in 1967, a farmer named Claude Edwards said he spotted something strange on his way to tend to his cows, sparking a story that would become known as The Space Penguins of Tuscumbia.
A special thanks to the Miller County Historical Society for assisting us in our research! The photos used in our show notes are from their archival posts about Claude’s story.
The Historical Society’s post about the Claude’s story and additional photos can be found here.
For information about the history of Tuscumbia, check out the historical society’s page.
The music used in this episode was Solar Eclipse by Jenny Johnson. Solar Eclipse is from a solo album Jenny produced with some friends about a town in Southern IL – Makanda. Jenny is an extremely talented a musician from Southern, Il who writes and performs original American roots songs. She’s performed on NPR, internationally, and at music festivals. She’s a Midwesterner, a music producer, and mom of 1 totally cool baby boy. 🙂 Be sure to check out her webpage and listen to the most recent album from Miss Jenny and the Howdy Boys. You can also find more of Jenny’s music here on spotify.
A big shout out to Spencer for lending his voice to Claude! 🙂