Anyone would be hard-pressed to guess what the late John Gotti might have in common with rural Cass County, Missouri. Located some 1,200 miles and a cultural light-year away from Gotti's old haunts on Mulberry Street, it is farm country hard by the Kansas state line, a place where the county fair in July boasts livestock exhibits, a horseshoe pitching contest, and the Mo-Kan Youth rodeo. There is one local phone company, appropriately called Cass County Telephone, which has about 8,000 subscribers and makes its headquarters in the wonderfully named town of Peculiar, about 25 miles south... More >>>
By photo: J. P. Ferguson
Phone company headquarters (top) on Downtown Street.