Missouri Off The Beaten Path

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Missouri Off The Beaten Path

  • Downtown KC

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    The 18th and Vine Historic District has one of the best music museums around. It also has jazz and blues festivals during late summer. Also good night life. Robert Altman, a KC native, shot his movie Kansas CIty in this area. It's now the home of the Mutual Musicians Foundation. It's best, if you plan to stay in town, to hire a cab to get there...

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  • Country Club Plaza Vicinity

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    I was very glad to see this new center in the middle of Kansas City. "Urban Conservation" is one of my big soapbox issues. I can go on and on about it. We all love nature, don't we? We all cherish America's "wild areas" and National Park, right? Sometimes though we are in danger of loving them to death. Sprawl, commericalization, overcrowding,...

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  • Independence, Missouri

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    The Community of Christ (formally the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) has their world headquarters here. The religion has about a quarter of a million followers. Their temple is located across the street from the LDS visitors center, and is an interesting structure, winning numerous awards for it's unusual architecture....

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  • Fort Osage

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    This was a drop off point for parties heading west. It at one time was the last stop, and a fort to protect the settlers around here. The fort is reconstructed, but still has that old charm. A lot of history is depicted at the fort and the tour. Lewis and Clark came through here, and Clark designed the structure in 1808-09. It was a trading post...

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  • Crown Center

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    I went to the free King Tut exhibit at Crown Center. The exhibit will end on April 21st, 2002 so you may not be able to see it. There is always some thing happening at Crown Center. I was not allowed to take photos so I scanned this brochure photo.

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  • Powell Gardens

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    A few miles outside KC is a lovely outdoor garden, with a pond, streams, and flower beds. This is a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city. From downtown, take Interstate 70 east toward St. Louis. Exit at Bates City. Take Highway Z south 13 miles to Highway 50. Turn left on Highway 50. Travel one mile; the Gardens’ entrance is on the...

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  • Kearney, Missouri

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    A place to get used to on a slower pace. It is a smaller town, but growing due to suburban sprawl. It is 30 miles form downtown, but people enjoy the living outside the close in, so commute is slow and lengthy, but home quiet, when you get there. Jesse James has his fame, and came from here. That takes up a lot of the tourists sites to see here. He...

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  • Weston, Missouri

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    This little community has a lot to show back in a time when things were slower pace. The downtown is pretty well preserved from some 30-50 years ago, and there are some shops for souvenirs, and places to eat. They also have a tour of a tobacco warehouse and a wine processing area where you can get a tour and be able to purchase local flavor. The...

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  • Mid-town

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    It is strange that this is one of the busiest places in K.C., yet people never stop here. This unassuming monument contains the names of all the local war dead for the Great War. If they only knew what would come in just 20 years. I have met very few from Kansas City who know Ward Parkway is dedicated to the local veterans killed in...

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  • Platte City, Missouri

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    This lovely little musuem is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in the mid-1800's it is a replica of the governor's mansion in Jefferson City. It was beautifully restored several years ago by a team including my uncle, Gary Gaw. In addition to period furnishings and items of interest, is home to a geneaoligical library. 220 Ferrel...

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  • Union Station

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    In the 1930's famous gangster Pretty Boy Floyd was involved in a shoot out that left four law officers dead. It happened out side of Union Station. Not every one knows about that bit of history but you do because you read this page.

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  • River Market Area

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    Go to the River Market area near the Missouri River and pay a visit to the Arabia Steamship Museum. It was a paddlewheeler laden with cargo that sunk in the 1850s and was buried in the mud of the riverbed. In the last decade it was 'rediscovered' and brought back to the surface by a team of extremely enterprising entrepreneurs and archeologists.

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  • Westport

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    This brewery is in Westport. Westport is another of the unique areas in Kansas City that has it's own style. I got some great food there and did some people watching. Haven't tried MILLCREEK out yet. I am waiting to do that if richiecdisc ever visits Kansas.

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  • Watkins Mill State Park

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    Watkins Mill State Park Watkins Mill State Park has a small lake for fishing, swimming from the beach and boating or canoeing. You can also camp in the campground with 60 campsites, some with full hookups, ride on an asphalt bicycle trail, or go hiking. A naturalist is on duty seasonally. Also visit WATKINS WOOLEN MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE. 818...

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  • Swope Park

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    Lakeside Nature Center is in a brand new building in Swope Park near the zoo. It is a wonderful place with educational and interesting displays. For me this place is a must see activity. I included it in the off the beaten path section because I know not every one is as big a nature nut as I am.

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  • Canoeing Missouri Float Streams

    There is a great difference in the rivers and floatable creeks throughout Missouri. The Meremac is a great river to float near the Maramac Springs and State Park. It is only about 90 minutes from downtown StLouis. If you are an experienced canoeist you will find it a bit slow and timid. For a bit more of a fun ride and a little shorter drive from...

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  • Water Reservoirs

    There are several large dams in the Ozark Plateau, so I stopped for a closer look at one of them near the town of Warsaw.The Harry S. Truman Dam was built by the Army Corps of Engineers to help control flooding on the Missouri River and was constructed over 15 years between 1964-1979. The dam holds back the water of the largest flood control lake...

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  • Lake !!!

    Table Rock Lake is Located in West Branson, Mo. It's about 250 miles from St. Louis and there is alot to do in the area. There are resorts on the lake you can stay, and there are motels in the area. You can also drive into Branson and catch some shows. Branson is very family friendly.

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  • Route 66

    "If you ever plan to motor West...."The old song praises one of the most celebrated American highways, the US 66, that since 1926 spans from Chicago to Los Angeles across nine States. This route became particularly popular during the infamous "Dust Bowl" period in the 30s. Years of uncontrolled agricultural practices in the Plains had resulted in...

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  • Wonderful website for state info

    I heartily recommend this magazine's web site, for its coverage of all places and things in Missouri. From the many small towns to the cities and everything in between, as they say...I really hope you will look at this, when planning your next visit to, or Through, this fascinating state, Missouri! No, I haven't been everywhere here yet, either. So...

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  • Old Jail Museum

    This old jail was built in the Ozark Mountains town of Vienna, Maries County, Missouri, in 1856, and was converted into a museum beginning 100 years later. The limestone jail with a gable roof contains pioneer relics from the central Ozarks area. The structure was originally built by a Mr. Barnhard at a cost of $2,500. That seems a pretty good deal...

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  • Confederate Memorial State Historic Site

    Missouri is usually regarded as a "border state" during the Civil War, and regiments of Missouri soldiers fought on both sides of the conflict. Although the war ended in 1865, many soliders who survived the war continued to live until the mid 20th century. In 1891 the state of Missouri established a home for aging Confederate veterans on 135 acres...

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  • Union Covered Bridge

    Union Covered Bridge is one of only four covered bridges which remain in the state of Missouri, and it is the only one of the burr-arch truss design. This Monroe Country landmark, across the Elk Fork of the Salt River, was built by Joseph C. Elliott in 1871. It was in service for 99 years, before becoming a Missouri State Historic Site. This...

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  • Graham Cave State Park

    The centerpiece of this 356 acre state park in central Missiouri is a sandstone cave which was used for human habitation as long ago as 10,000 years. Visitors can explore the picturesque entrance to the cave which is 120-feet wide and 16-feet high. Inside you will find exhibits explaining some of the archeological finds which have been made here....

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  • Cruising the Ozark Plateau

    At the conclusion of my meetings in Kansas City, I headed into Kansas and worked my way south almost to the Oklahoma state line on a very enjoyable drive. The next day, I swung east, back into Missouri, crossing just above Joplin as I then headed up through the Ozark Plateau south of Jefferson City.Strangely enough, I did not find this drive as...

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  • Lovely, Historic Ste. Genevieve

    The mixture of French Normandy architecture with the sturdy brick German homes, and the American influence makes Ste. Genevieve a delightful place to visit. Its National Landmark Historic District gives you a glimpse into the colonial past because the residents of Ste. Genevieve believe in and carry out wonderful preservation.There is so much to...

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  • Missouri's "Buried Treasure": Meramec...

    What I remember the most about Meramec Caverns was the temperature. It was hot outside, and about 20 degrees cooler in the cavern. It is a constant 60 degrees.The caverns are located off I-44, Exit 230, Stanton, Missouri.The caverns are really quite beautiful with mineral formations and rare colors. These formations took millions of years to grow,...

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  • Imperial is Part of the Great River Road

    While staying in a time share near Imperial, I had difficulty knowing whether Imperial and Kimmswick were the same place. They are near each other, and some maps have them as the same town. However, Imperial is the site given for the 425-acre MASTODON STATE HISTORIC SITE. Evidently, Ice-Age mastodons and mooly mammoths once lived in this area....

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  • Billed as "World's Largest Man-Made...

    Bonne Terre Mine in Bonne Terre, Missouri is over 80 square miles! It has been designated A NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE and Jacques Cousteau made a dive into the mines ; it was filmed.History:People in Missouri have worked with hand picks and shovels and then with the help of the Missouri Mule to carve a five-level "subterranean Grand Canyon" called...

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  • Downtown Clayton, Missouri

    Downtown St. Louis is wonderful, but be sure to visit downtown Clayton (the county seat of St. Louis County) for an array of great restaurants and shops. Some nice hotels there as well. Clayton is a beautiful city!

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  • Side Trip To Arkansas.

    Take a day trip to Eureaka springs--40 miles south on hwy. 62 to this quaint victorian town--see more shows-tour the village and veiw these restored homes,See the passion play at night and stay in a victorian bed and breakfast.

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  • The Great Passion Play

    This outdoor play is near Eureaka Springs Arkansas.It is a must-see after you have toured the town--starts at dusk--a touching and realistic play about the life of Jesus and his death.It involves real animals and children.The grand finally is amazing.It is about a 40 miute drive south on Hwy 62 3miles east -follow signs

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  • If you like...

    If you like hiking/photography/outdoors check out Pickle Springs Natural Area near Farmington MO. Its just a couple miles east on Hwy 32

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  • Macon Drive In Movie TheaterI...

    Macon Drive In Movie TheaterI don't know if this place will be around for too much longer, b/c I heard a rumor that the owners (who have owned it for 52 years!) are getting ready to tear it down! But it is GREAT! Even if this one is not around, if you find one of the few other remaining drive-ins in the Midwest, you should definitely stop! They...

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  • Brunswick, MO, is the home of...

    Brunswick, MO, is the home of the World's Largest Pecan. It is also the home of a souvenir shop called 'the Nut Hut', which offers some great pecan souvenirs:) A highly recommended stop for your road trip--who else can say they have a picture of the world's largest nut? NOTE: This photo was taken by Harry Rogers of Chillicothe--I have not been able...

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  • Thousand Hills State Park in...

    Thousand Hills State Park in Kirksville has some absolutely wonderful little trails that you can walk on for hours! It's right off of Highway 6 out of Kirksville, across from Walmart. You can also rent paddleboats or canoes for $6+ per hour! It's a really fun way to spend an afternoon!

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  • Nine friends and I went...

    Nine friends and I went camping and canoeing in Sullivan, MO, which is just south of St. Louis for a long weekend. There are cheap campgrounds all near the river, and so we roughed it for a couple of days:) It is a great place and the Merimac River is fantastic to canoe on....we had a small incident with a canoe tipping over, but that was merely...

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  • With a capacity of 40,625........

    With a capacity of 40,625..... Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City Missouri tenants Kansas City Royals, and the Kansas City Chiefs.The stadium opened on April 10, 1973 and hosted the All-Star Game the same year. Nolan Ryan pitched the first no-hitter of his career there on May 15, 1973. Since then, two other no-hitters have been thrown in Kauffman...

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  • An interesting way to see...

    An interesting way to see Missouri is by Amtrak. It travels from St. Louis to Kansas city in about 7 hours. They announced that the Kansas City railway station was the 2nd busiest one in the states, 2nd to Chicago. Therefore, the Amtrak had to stop from time to time to let cargo train go by. It even stops about half way across the state to wait for...

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  • Southern Mo. is really a great...

    Southern Mo. is really a great area to enjoy the water. Lots of clear river and lakes make boating and canoeing quite fun. This particular pond is fed by an underground stream. I forget the name of the place, but it is a natural 'blue hole'.

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  • Missouri has many caves in it....

    Missouri has many caves in it. Some are quite large. The one in this picture is Meramac Caverns in southern Mo. Tours can be taken through it. Not all of the Mo. caves are natural. A lot of mining was done in Mo. leaving huge caverns underground. One such mine is by Bonne terre. There's even a lake in there now where a lot of divers like to...

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  • From here, almost the rest of...

    From here, almost the rest of the way to St. Louis from Kansas City, the tracks run along the Missouri River. Along this route are many wineries and small quaint river towns.

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  • Meramec Caverns. Guided tours...

    Meramec Caverns. Guided tours by trained rangers are conducted along well-lighted walkways. All cavern facilities are accessible to the disabled. Learn how Mother Nature built an ancient limestone 'Wine Table' and an entire 7-story mansion... all underground. On tour you will see both the rarest and largest cave formations in the world. Meramec...

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  • Meremac State Park. Several...

    Meremac State Park. Several miles of picturesque riverbank scenery are preserved in this 6,896-acre park, providing a haven for river recreation. The park's campground borders the spring-fed Meramec River. Hidden within the park's expanse of forest are several springs and more than 40 caves; a naturalist leads tours through Fisher Cave for a fee....

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  • Canoeing the Current River. ...

    Canoeing the Current River. Most spring-fed of all the Ozark rivers, the Current may be floated at almost any time of the year, particularly below Welch Spring. It seldom freezes over and has been a favorite for the annual New Year's float of one large group of Missouri canoeists. Due to the increase in size of the river and the frequency of motor...

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