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  • Bolivar County Courthouse
    Bolivar County Courthouse
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  • The Shop where Glenn Miller Worked
    The Shop where Glenn Miller Worked
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    he can probably can walk on water, too
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Missouri Favorites

  • Fountains

    Kansas City Favorites

    Another one of Kansas City's many public fountains, this is also on the bike/walking path east of the Plaza. The piece was designed by the famous Swedish sculptor Carl Milles. (For another piece by Milles, see the page about the "Konserthuset" on my Stockholm page.)

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  • Neighborhoods

    Kansas City Favorites

    It's a common misconception in Kansas City that the Rockhill Neighborhood is so named because it's located on a prominent hill which had a lot of rocks on it. Au contraire, my dear friend. "Rockhill" was the middle name of William Rockhill Nelson, owner-editor of the Kansas City Star at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century and developer of this...

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  • The Arts

    Kansas City Favorites

    In the 1990s Kansas City's convention center, Bartle Hall, was expanded southward across the I-670 freeway. An innovative use of steel cables helps to secure the section of the building which extends over the highway lanes. As a result of a new city mandate (1% for art), there was a considerable amount of money in the budget to be spent on artworks...

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  • Country Club Plaza

    Kansas City Favorites

    KC has many positives but the Plaza is unique to Kansas City. The Plaza is a vast mix of restaurants, bars, clubs, boutiques, fine retailers, architecture...all in an open setting. Minutes away from Westport, Union Station, and Downtown Kansas City, the Plaza is a great place to start or end your evening, or spend an entire weekend enjoying the...

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  • Downtown

    Kansas City Favorites

    Orignally constructed in 1897, it's now the headquarters of Ozark National Life Insurance. Good for them for preserving this handsome building! The building's location at the corner of 9th & Locust gives it an anchor position at the northeast corner of the Civic Center

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  • Geography & Getting Around

    Kansas City Favorites

    If you really want to irritate a resident of Kansas City, tell them how much you are enjoying your visit to KANSAS. Because most people who live in this area are friendly and polite, your life will not be in jeopardy, and you will be gently informed that they are not in Kansas, but in Missouri. That's right, Missouri. If you land at the airport,...

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  • Historic Sites

    Kansas City Favorites

    Historic home, dating from 1858, south of the Country Club Plaza, open to the public. The house was used as a Field Hospital during the 1864 Battle of Westport. Well-preserved and interesting. 6115 Wornall Rd. phone: 816-444-1858

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  • Food and Libations

    Kansas City Favorites

    Try some of the local brews. Kansas city is home to some of the best beers I've had in the US. Boulevard Pale Ale is fantastic. Also eat some KC Barbeque, it's world famous Eating a 100 wing dinner at Hooters with a few of my Army buddies. We were almost sick after this endeavor.

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  • KC People

    Kansas City Favorites

    Meeting baseball legend Buck O'Neil at the Negro League Baseball Museum. I was as nervous as can be but that all disappeared when he shook my hand, asked what my name was and personally thanked me for visiting the museum. He didn't do that for the thirty other people there that morning. That, my friends, is what you call an honor.

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  • Saint Louis

    Saint Louis was founded in 1764 when French explorers established a settlement on the muddy banks of the Mississippi River.Following the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804, trappers and explorers used the small settlement as a jumping-off point for their voyages to the far West. The explorers and trappers returned to Saint Louis to sell their pelts...

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  • Driving

    Missourians have a weird habit of stoppin in the middle of the road for the yellow hazard lights atop of tow trucks. Jus slow down a little (do not stop) and move to the side of the road a little for the tow truck to pass.

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  • Border States

    When we visited Missouri in January, it has snowed, so I don't usually think of Missouri as a southern state.While I have been traveling around the south in the winter, I've visited various Revolutionary and Civil War sites. When I visited Wilson's Creek, I found out that Missouri, like Maryland was officially a Border State.The so-called 'border...

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  • "Show Me" State

    The motto on the Missouri license plates is "Show Me". But Missouri is the only state I've been to recently where there was no visitor's center on the roads entering the state. I was on US 65 - maybe that's not a major enough road. So I guess Missouri wants me to show them, but doesn't want to Show ME.When I look for the Welcome Centers on the...

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  • Missouri Welcome Centers

    The state of Missouri operates six welcome centers, located at the major highway entrances to the state. These are excellent resources for maps, directions or brochures about attractions, events, restaurants, and hotels. They are also a great place to take a break or ask advice about road conditions, weather, accomodations, etc. The locations and...

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  • Very Light Traffic

    Although Kansas City, Missouri has a population of just under 500,000 both the city street and sidewalk traffic seemed to be very light. This 11 AM Friday view from the Hyatt Regency hotel shows a few cars parked along the streets but even fewer actually driving.This was good, it just made it that much easier for me when I picked up my rental car...

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  • Kansas City, Largest City in Central...

    For a long time, people elsewhere thought of Kansas City as a "hick" town where you could get a good steak to eat.Times have changed! This up-and-coming town has a lyric opera, a ballet company, a modern zoo, and a baseball (Royals) team and a football (Kansas City Chiefs) team. One of KC's names is CITY OF FOUNTAINSbecause it is home of more...

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  • Southwest Missouri: Visit in Spring or...

    Southwest Missouri has a great deal to offer: Mark twain National Forest covers thousands of acres, there are many caves to explore, and the third largest city in Missouri (Springfield) is located here.Springfield is on Interstate 44 and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful areas in the state. It reminded me of where my parents lived in the...

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  • More "Tidbits" About the State of...

    I always do research before I travel so that I'm somewhat "in the know" whenever I reach my destination. Here are some interesting "tidbits" that I discovered about Missouri.Did you know that Bob Cummings, Don Johnson, Bradd Pitt, John Goodman, Walt Disney, and Kathleen Turner all have some connection to the state of Missouri?While in Missouri in...

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  • What Are Missouri Favorites?

    I remember as a child listening to the radio and anxiously awaiting "The Hit Parade". One of my favorite songs was "The Missouri Waltz". The "Missouri Waltz" became the state song of Missouri in 1949. It was first published in 1914, but the song did not do well, and most people considered it a failure. Sales certainly increased when Harry S. Truman...

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  • Truman State University!

    Going to school in Missouri was great--one of the best things about the Midwest is how friendly everyone is. Even people from big cities and faraway places learned to be outgoing and friendly even to strangers on the street. Another thing important about Truman is that they often have cultural events which they offer at free or reduced prices and...

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  • see Kansas City, Weston, and...

    see Kansas City, Weston, and Independence and the Missouri River, to start! Independence, Missouri --- many different things to see, including the National Frontier Trails Center. The picture is a mural of a wagon train of pioneers heading west.

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  • Enjoy the Ozarks

    Branson is America's music capital with a small town atmosphere.It is an inexpensive way to see great shows and events.Music includes mostly country but there are many other types of shows and fun with many area activities.Branson goes nonstop all year but many outdoor activities are limited to warm weather months.The locals love Christmas -they...

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  • Lots more than a show town

    ( See travelogues below as well) Visit the 'Fish Hatchery' and be sure to visit 'Big cedar lodge'. A great place to stay or just have Sunday Brunch. Have breakfast at Big Cedar lodge. Seeing shows at theaters of which there are so many now. All the big artists now have thier own theater here in Branson.

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  • We saw the Baldknobbers and...

    We saw the Baldknobbers and Yakov Smirnoff's shows in Branson, enjoying them very much! SIX FLAGS OVER MID-AMERICA and touring the museum under THE GATEWAY ARCH in St Louis was nice. Also the zoo in St Louis was one of the best I've seen. BRANSON, a place I hope to return to often

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  • You really need to check out...

    You really need to check out St. Louis. The Arch is really a sight to see. I stayed with my cousin in St. Louis and I remember that on the way there, we hit a bad snow storm and the roads were really slick. We were thinking about coming back home.

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  • St. Louis has the world's...

    St. Louis has the world's longest bicycle and pedestrian bridge, the Old Courthouse where Dred Scott was tried, a dockside casino near the famous Gateway Arch, the restored home of Scott Joplin, the home of Ulysses S. Grant, tours of the Anheuser-Busch brewery and the Clydesdale stable, the first public school kindergarten and lots more.You can...

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  • Independence, Missouri offers...

    Independence, Missouri offers several places to visit about Harry S. Truman. there are the Truman Courtroom and Office and the Truman Library and Museum (pictured here.) The Truman National Historic Site has two parts: Independence Grandview and Independence Home.

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  • If you like outdoors and...

    If you like outdoors and scenery, visit eastern Missouri places like Elephant Rocks State Park, and Johnson's Shut-Ins. Also Ozark National Scenic Riverways if you like fishing and boating. All are great places for hiking and are very peaceful in the early fall. Outside of Farmington is a place called Pickle Springs Natural Area, this is not found...

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  • MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY AND MOST...

    MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY AND MOST MEMORABLE IS SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS. I HAVE SEEN THIS PLAY EVERY YEAR FOR TWENTY YEARS, AND SOMETIMES MORE THAN THAT. IT STILL TOUCHES ME AND PUTS ME IN TOUCH HOW LIFE WAS BACK THEN. EVERY ONE I HAVE EVERY TAKEN TO SEE THIS PLAY WANTS TO RETURN. I REALLY LIKE THE HOMETOWN FEELING THAT BRANSON PROJECTS. PEOPLE ARE MORE...

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  • The best thing to do in MO is...

    The best thing to do in MO is to roadtrip and stop at random attractions (or just random places) along the way! I've included a pic of one of our favorite stops with this tip! Cheers:)

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  • the Shojji Tabuchi show,...

    the Shojji Tabuchi show, Smirnoff, & best of all was the Presley Family Jubilee. The Branson Belle was also very nice. All the people(even the other tourists) were very nice at all times. Even the other drivers were usually courteous.An excellant breakfast buffet every morning at Paradise Bar & Grill for $2.99 was a treat.It's next door to to the...

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  • You must go to St.Louis! The...

    You must go to St.Louis! The Zoo is wonderfull. You can go to Bush Gardens to see those famous Clydesdale horses and to Bush Stadium to see Mark Macgwire hit those home runs! Don't forget to go up in the arch and pay a visit to Six Flags! The people are wonderfull and the city is breathtaking.

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  • You must visit the Ozarks. ...

    You must visit the Ozarks. Try canoeing a crystal clear Ozark river. The Missouri State Parks are among the best in the nation. Growing up in St Louis and going to Cardinal games to see my favorite - Stan Musial.

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  • meta4r's General Tip

    My fondest memory of Missouri is from a hitchhike across US 60. A preacher picked me up in Seymour on a Sunday morning. His church was halfway to Mansfield. He let me out there and told me that if I was still there in an hour, I should come in for the service. An hour later I was still there so I went on in. I'd only been in a few minutes when my...

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  • Missouri has some fine State...

    Missouri has some fine State Parks, especially in the southern part of the state. I especially love the natural springs at Big Springs State Park, trout fishing at Bennett Springs State Park and waterskiing at the Lake of the Ozarks and Table Rock Lake. Taking float trips on the Current River and Jacks Fork, both part of the National Scenic River...

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  • becstar7's General Tip

    Just a picture of one of many crazy buildings in the Branson area. Kind of reminds me of Wisconsin Dells.

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  • Branson; Ozark Mts. in the...

    Branson; Ozark Mts. in the Spring when everything is in bloom, especially the dogwood trees and forsythia and tulip trees; - or in the summer when wonderful vegetables & fruits are for sale at roadside stands, or in fall;, when maple trees are red and apples and cider are for sale at roadside stands; or in winter, when gentle snow falls. Good old...

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  • take the tram ride up to the...

    take the tram ride up to the top of the arch in St. Louis. Nice view of the city if the air isn't too smoggy. Visit Union Station, a converted railway station that now houses shops and restaurants. MUST take a tour of the Anheuser Busch brewery, just because of its size and to see the massive beer vats. I wouldn't call it my 'fondest' memory, but...

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  • I havent got to see it yet,...

    I havent got to see it yet, but would recommed Meremac Caverns. Would also recommend Branson, which I havent been to yet either, but have heard so much about it and hope to make it there someday. The beautiful hillsides

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  • bring a high capacity digital...

    bring a high capacity digital or an armload of one time use cameras to capture ALL of the seasons here. If there is a MUST, then I'd say you MUST just enjoy all that surrounds you as you travel through.

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  • Visit the Negro Leagues...

    Visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Its depiction of the life of black baseball players before they were allowed to play in 'the bigs' is more than a great baseball history lesson - its an invaluable study of segregation in America. And you might even run into Buck O'Neill or other living players who played in the league. Next...

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