Bass Pro Shops

U.S. Department of Agriculture

A 75-foot-long engelmann spruce, destined to become a Christmas tree on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, will make a stop in Springfield today (11/21) on its way to Washington D.C.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium have been chosen to be a whistle stop for the evergreen as it makes it way from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana to the capitol.

Bass Pro Shops
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Cabela's 82 stores in the U.S. and Canada are now a part of Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops, after the privately-owned hunting-fishing outfitter closed a roughly $4 billion merger Tuesday.

Bass Pro currently has 95 stores in North America. The deal to acquire rival Cabela’s had been in the works for more than a year.  

Wonders of Wildlife
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium makes its long-awaiting debut this week. The Bass Pro Shops’ founder says he’s finally brought to life a decade’s-old vision; to honor the world’s creatures and those committed to conservation. 

Michele Skalicky

Admission prices have been announced for the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, set to open later this month at Campbell and Sunshine.

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris has reportedly spent more than $100 million on the renovated facility.

Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Antitrust regulators have signed off on Springfield-based Bass Pro Shops’ $4 billion acquisition of fellow hunting-fishing outfitter Cabela’s.

Cabela’s, based in Nebraska, said Wednesday the Federal Trade Commission had ended its investigation into the deal earlier this week.