Arrow Rock Travel Guide

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  • Interesting Homes

    We saw a number of interesting homes as we drove about the town, many of which seemed to be nicely maintained. Some were obviously old; others not old but build to blend in with the surroundings. I particularly liked this "rustic" home at the edge of town next to the woods.

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  • Log Cabin with Unusual Appearance

    Once known as the "old Shelby place," this 1838 cabin stood in the country near Marshall, Missouri. It was later dismantled and moved to Arrow Rock. Yes, it is a log cabin, though not what you normally envision. Rather than stacking the naturally round logs to which chinking was added, the builder squared off all of the logs before stacking them....

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  • The Post Office and Board Walk

    Two story business buildings sprung up along the main street of this important river port during the 1850s. The whole block was destroyed by fire in 1901, but rebuilt as you see it today. As you stroll the boardwalk, you almost expect to see old-timers sitting on cracker barrels, whittling and telling tales. But I guess espresso and whittling don't...

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  • The Hall House

    This beautifully preserved old home occupies a full block by itself. Walking from the small downtown to the Lyceum Theatre or to the Bingham home, you walk around or past it. I was unable to find a date for this home.

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  • George Caleb Bingham Home

    A brief word about Bingham for those unfamiliar with his work - He has been described as America's "first outstanding artist from the west." A number of his works are significant not only as paintings, but as historical documents which tell us a great deal about life on the frontier, particularly along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. To view a...

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  • The Old Tavern & Mercantile

    In 1834, Virginian Joseph Huston constructed this two-story tavern and mercantile to accommodate the hordes of travelers heading to the western frontier. Now, Huston's is the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River. As with other sites in Arrow Rock, we were unable to gain access on a Monday.

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  • Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

    The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is Missouri's oldest professional regional theatre, presenting outstanding productions during a five month season. Scheduled for 2007 are: "Into the Woods," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "Sugar," "The Sunshine Boys," "The Philadelphia Story," "Misery," "Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming," and "Children of a Lesser...

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  • The Boardwalk

    Arrow Rock is pretty low key. It's a good twenty mile drive off I-70 to get here; Kansas City is about 2 hours away, Columbia about 45 minutes. It's not a major stopover for antique hounds or craftspeople. But I can appreciate a place that is off the beaten track. There are a few shops in Arrow Rock that are interesting: an excellent antique,...

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  • Lyceum Theater

    The Lyceum is the re-incarnation of an Arrow Rock tradition. There has been live theater here since the 1820s. The Lyceum puts on a busy summer schedule of music and drama which regularly fills its 400 seat auditorium.

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Arrow Rock Restaurants

  • Never on Monday!

    There appeared to be several decent places for lunch or dinner in Arrow Rock. However, they were all closed on that Monday. I was so pissed off. We wound up driving to a smoky convenience store about ten miles down the road. As bad as the food was, we were so hungry by then we actually enjoyed it.

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  • A taste of the past

    There has been a tavern/restaurant in this building more or less continuously for 150 years. It's the kind of place that belongs in a George Caleb Bingham canvas. Today this is a family style restaurant with a limited menu - burgers and chicken, apple pie and ice tea - but in the early days of Arrow Rock this was probably a "rockin" center of...

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  • Another Older House in Arrow Rock

    A simple frontier house. . . When you are out and walking about in Arrow Rock it's very easy to feel as if this place has been frozen in time.

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  • George Caleb Bingham House

    Dating from the 1840s, this is a privately owned house, but it is interesting to catch a glimpse of it anyway. Its location right on the Missouri River bluffs must have inspired the painter Bingham.It seems to be a modified version of the "dog-trot" style popular on the frontier in the early 19th century.

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