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Poplar Bluff, Missouri: Call Of The Wild (Gone)

About 10 miles south of Poplar Bluff, Mo on hwy. 67 at the intersection of hwy. 67 and hwy. 160.
Museum replaced by strip bar.

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Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild was originally named Baker's Fabulous Call of the Wild. I still have several postcards from our trip on December 27, 1970. Many of the exhibits featured personal animal trophies. The back of the postcard of the Bengal Tigers reads, "This very large and ferocious Bengal Tiger had reportedly killed and eaten more than 100 Indians in the jungles of South Central India before being hunted down and killed by J.R. Baker."

[Laura, 06/17/2019]
Call of The Wild - Fake Rock Building

The Call of The Wild lost its stuffed animal collection over a decade ago, and became a Gentlemen's club, but the horrible reputation can be cleared away, because it recently went under new ownership. It is now "The Pony," part of a chain of nationwide strip clubs. The old building is being drug into the 21st century, with both interior and exterior face-lifts coming, though the fake rock facade will remain untouched.

[Jacob Ford, 11/25/2007]
Call Of The Wild

I live only about 20 minutes from the Call Of The Wild. It is no longer a museum, yes it is a strip club. I have not personally visited , but the girl in my office has, and yes they have a wild side. She found out they allow amateurs to dance with the pros. In fact, the dancers will personally strip the individuals while on stage! She came back telling us all about it.

[Jay Malone, 08/30/2006]

We keep Call of the Wild in the tips chiefly because of its fake rock interior and various recollections of its time as a tourist attraction. But be warned -- it's no longer a wholesome family attraction!

Call of the Wild - Vague Recollections

When I was in high school, in a small town south of Poplar Bluff, our demented high school biology teacher used to make us visit Call of the Wild each year. While there, we would have to classify every animal in the place: genus, species, phylum, class, etc. But my personal favorite was the year the Call of the Wild added a "real," taxidermied Bigfoot! He rocked!

[N. Bess, 05/21/2006]

Note: Call of the Wild is no longer a family attraction -- today it's a strip joint.

Call of the Wild - No longer a family attraction

Yes, the Call of the Wild is still here...and yes, it is now a totally nude strip joint..(sorry, I mean Gentleman's Club). I haven't been in for a few years, but for this inbred part of the country, I hear they have really hot strippers now. They import them from up to 5 hours away for the weekends and the strippers (...ooops, I mean "dancers") can make a couple of thousand dollars on weekend nights. Like I said, in this part of the country, some men have never seen a real live hot woman before.

[DDort, 09/12/2004]

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