Community comes together around historic water pump for parade, lighting ceremony
LA RUSSELL, Mo. — A historic water pump is the star of the show at the 10th Annual Parade and Lighting Ceremony in La Russell, Missouri.
For years, a hand-operated water pump stood in the middle of Route U on the north side of La Russell, which was founded in 1903 as a stop on the Missouri-Pacific Railroad.
The pump has seen highs and lows over the years, but it’s become a fixture of the town and the center of this community’s Christmas lighting ceremony.
“It’s just a wonderful thing for the community to come together. We have hardly any other events, if any at all, at La Russel and we have a population of 114, so it’s just kind of a magical night to get everyone together and celebrate the local landmark the pump which has been there since 1903.”
At the end of the parade, the “Humdingers,” a group of kazoo-playing locals, marched down the street playing holiday songs.
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