Many tears and heartfelt sadness were expressed this week as the Walnut Inn in Tarkio was torn down. Facebook was full of regrets from citizens and alumni far and wide.
I had these same feelings myself. I spent many hours there with my buddy, Bob McCoy, throughout our high school and college years, and I am most grateful to Danny and his crew for saving as many of “Aunt” Edna’s paintings as they could.
But here is what I really want to say. This exact same thing can happen on the Hill and to Rankin Hall in Tarkio. The Tarkio College Alumni Association owns the campus now, and our numbers are dwindling. We NEED and WELCOME your help. To all of you who are weeping about the Walnut Inn, have you ever considered being part of OUR restoration efforts? Could you come and work during a Work Weekend? Could you send a donation to assist us (P.O. Box 111, Tarkio, MO 64491)?
We are in the process of restarting the College. We want help from ALL. We welcome commitment from each of YOU. Necessary paperwork has been submitted to the State. The State has been on campus to inspect, and we should hear shortly.
Here’s how you can help:
1) Become a member of the Tarkio College Alumni Association as a “friend.” It only costs $40 a year.
2) Consider becoming a part of our monthly donor group. Any amount. Contact us at for details.
3) Join us on Work Weekends. One is coming up in June before Homecoming Weekend, June 23-25. Please join us for the weekend itself. You do not have to be an alum.
Rankin and Thompson Halls will be open Sunday, May 27, this Memorial Day weekend from 2:00-2:30 p.m. for your visit. YOU WILL BE AMAZED!!!!
Thank you to all who are actively supporting our efforts.
Linda Brunk Smith
Tarkio College Board of Directors