On a recent outing into suburban Tunas, I found I was struggling to traverse Coatney Road. An experience not for the faint of heart.

Coatney Road is a jumbled series of deep potholes connected by narrow strips of chip and seal paving with the random repair scattered haphazardly throughout. On the bright side, the repairs do seem to serve a function. They show definitively, that with a modicum of diligence, a pothole can, indeed, be transformed into a mound.

I can only conclude that it is a blessing in disguise that Celt and Leadmine have minimal tourism appeal. It would be embarrassing to have visitors to our beautiful Ozarks leave with a fervent desire to never return because of the deplorable condition of our county’s byways.

Conversely this could, perhaps, be turned to the county’s advantage by introducing it as a tourist draw. Surely no other county in southwestern Missouri can boast of such an array of potholes and mounds.

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