Lexington Travel Guide

  • Columns of the Courthouse
    Columns of the Courthouse
    by BruceDunning
  • Flood of 1997-wiped out the road
    Flood of 1997-wiped out the road
    by BruceDunning
  • Front porch cabin by  the hospital-1830
    Front porch cabin by the hospital-1830
    by BruceDunning

Lexington Things to Do

  • Look for the History on every block

    The town is very well preserved and the people just as gentile as you want. The town was founded in 1822, and by 1830's it was becoming the place to stage to go west on river steamboats. Commerce was very large here as a stop off point for the Santa Fe and Oregon trails There are some great shops there to purchase unique gifts. The town is not big,...

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  • The Civil War Hospital

    This is a great place to visit and take in the feel for what occurred in the Civil War. The hospital was used for a lot of the war, for regional mending of injured soldiers. It was actually a surgical hospital for the most part. The museum is good to see, and the artifacts inside are authentic and many look like still in use today. The grounds are...

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  • Madonna of the Trail

    Twelve such statues have been erected at various spots on the American frontier - all tributes to the pioneer women who endure the hardships of the westward settlement of our country. This statue sits astride the old Santa Fe Trail, high on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River.Compare this to the Madonna of the Trail statue on my Council Grove,...

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  • The Oliver Anderson House

    This fine Greek Revival style home was built in 1853 by Oliver Anderson, a prosperous businessman in the manufacture of hemp products, and one of the better examples of the large homes built in the 1840s and 1850s by slave-holding southerners in Missouri. A show-house in its early prime, it is now best known for its role as a fiercely contested...

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  • The Cannon Ball

    During the Battle of Lexington, September 18-20, 1861, an errant cannon ball struck the corner column on the front of the court house. It remains lodged there to this day.

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  • Lafayette County Court House

    Begun in 1847, the Lafayette County Court House is Missouri's oldest court house still in use.The most distinctive feature of this building can be seen in the next entry.

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Lexington Restaurants

  • Riley's (continued)...

    Riley's Pub had caught my eye because it was colorful and rustic. As I was considering the menu posted on the window, an exiting young lady gave it a hearty recommendation. One meal is hardly a basis for having a favorite dish, but my Reuben Sandwich was very nicely done. You don't always get good corned beef in the midwest, but this passed the...

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  • Landmark Cafe & Pub

    Built in 1890, this building has served many businesses, but is now once again a pub. Several elements from the original 1890s bar still remain - the stain glass window (left top), the back bar, the tin ceiling, the tile floor in the front room.Other than for Guinness and the green decorations, I didn't see much that was Irish about Riley's, but I...

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