I just returned from a more recent trip to Missouri. This time my truck did not break down. Took advantage of a good axle to go visit the Osage Indian Historic Village area. It is 7 miles east of Nevada on highway 54 then 9 miles north. It is far off the beaten path and part of the drive is on gravel roads.
At the site there is an easy hiking path. The path leads from one point of interest to the next. The thatch houses of the Osage are long gone but the blue mound hill their chiefs are buried in remains. Also still remaining is the rock where they ground meal and the spring where they collected water. It takes some imagination to picture hundreds of lodges and several thousand people living there. If you are not interested in history of Native American Indians then it is still a nice place to hike and see the common birds of the area.
On highway 54 near the spot my truck broke down I saw a sign for the Osage Village State Historic Park. I was considering going there but my plans changed when the drive shaft fell out of the truck. This area was where the Native American Osage Indians had their largest village before white settlers decided they wanted to farm this fertile land. The location of the original Osage village has been preserved for historical purposes. Since I could not go see the Osage village I had to read about how the Osage indians lived at the Bushwhacker Museum. One exhibit told how the water lilly had been an important food source for them.
There are quite a few of these large wall murals in Nevada. I thought it would make a good travelogue to find all the murals and take pictures of them. Unfortunately I did not have my truck and was not able to walk to all of them in the amount of time I had.
The mural on this building depicts an old hotel that I think was where the parking lot is now. This mural is near the Nevada chamber of commerce visitor center. The visitor center is upstairs above a bank.
The county courthouse on the main square is easy to find. It is the tallest building. Built of limestone in 1908.There are shops around the courthouse square and the museum is across the street.
No doubt what town you are in when you can read the name of it on the water tower. As I walked I used the tower as a reference point so I would not get lost.