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The Santa Fe Trail crossed the Missouri River here. Landmarks include artist George Caleb Bingham's house, the circa 1834 Huston Tavern, a one-room jail, a visitor center museum, camping, hiking trails and picnicking. The Huston Tavern offers dining in an 1860s atmosphere. Arrow Rock is 13 miles north of I-70.
At this site, Union troops defeated the pro-south Missouri State Guard in 1861; it was the northernmost Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River. The site features camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing and boating. History tours from one to six hours in duration are available. Guided natural history tours and hikes lasting up to two hours are offered. The site is located 10 miles north of Kahoka.
This is the location of the final confrontation of a 12-hour Civil War battle on July 5, 1861, where 6,000 Southern troops forced Union soldiers to retreat to Sarcoxie. An interpretive shelter explains the history of the battle. The site is unmanned and is managed by Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site in Lamar.
The Battle of Island Mound marked the first time that African-American troops were engaged in Civil War combat, nearly a year before the battle depicted in the film "Glory."
Battle of Island Mound State Historic site encompasses Camp Africa, where the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry camped in 1862 before a pitched battle with pro-Confederate forces near a low hill named Island Mound.
Information at the site details the battle, as well as the effect that the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry has on later Union decisions to allow African-American units to fight.
The park is located in Bates County, west of Butler, at the junction of County Road 1002 (also called Marth Road) and County Road 5001 (also called Cooper Road).
The site features the Civil War battlefield and the Anderson House, which was used as a field hospital during the September 1861 battle. Highlights include a visitor center with exhibits, an interpretive, self-guided trail on the battlefield and guided tours.
This 135-acre memorial park area of the Confederate Home of Missouri is preserved in memory of the 40,000 Missourians who fought under the Confederate flag. Visitors can tour the cemetery and chapel. The site includes the chapel, cemetery, picnic sites and several small fishing lakes.
The Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob was fought here when Confederate troops attacked the earthen fort Sept. 26-27, 1864. More than 1,000 men were killed or wounded in the fierce fighting. The battle ended with the defeat of the Confederate forces. The fort is preserved at the site. Exhibits and a video in the visitor center tell the story. Picnicking is available.
Grounds open sunrise to sunset.
For travelers with disabilities: the Visitor Center is fully ADA compliant; however, some outside features are only partially wheelchair accessible.
This bridge was built in 1868. At 151 feet, it is the longest of the four surviving covered bridges in Missouri. Spanned Locust Creek, it once carried Route 8, the nation's first transcontinental highway.
Route 36, three miles west of Laclede; north on Danube Drive, one mile; then east on Dart Road.
Located in Mark Twain State Park, off Route 107, this museum encloses the two-room cabin in which Samuel Clemens was born in 1835. Many of his personal items and books are displayed, including an early handwritten manuscript of Tom Sawyer. Picnic sites are available. Admission: $4; ages 6-12 $2.50; younger than 6 is free.
Site excavations have established that Paleo-Indians hunted the American mastodon here during the ice age. The site is the home of the Kimmswick Bone Bed, one of the most famous and extensive Pleistocene ice age deposits of fossils, including a number of bones of giant mastodons.
The museum displays artifacts, fossils and a replica of a mastodon skeleton, and outlines the story of the Clovis culture, which existed in the area between 10,000 and 14,000 years ago.
Open for day use, the site offers picnicking and hiking.
Museum admission: $4, ages 6-12 $2.50, younger than 6, free. Grounds are free.
Located 20 miles south of St. Louis, off I-55, at exit 186.
The site consists of the milling complex used by St. Joe Minerals Corporation in the days when Missouri’s Lead Belt produced nearly 80 percent of the nation’s mined lead. The site's museum features restored underground-mining equipment, exhibits on mining history, an impressive mineral display and an audiovisual program on the lead mining and milling process. Admission: $4, ages 6-12 $2.50, younger than 6, free.
This 1837 log house was the home of Col. Nathan Boone, son of Daniel Boone. He was a military officer and an early developer. The house retains many of its original features, such as hand-planed moldings and walnut clapboard siding. Tours: $4, ages 6-12 $2.50, younger than 6 is free.
This site was the location of a large, Osage Indian village between 1700 and 1775, when the Osage were first encountered by Europeans. The village was home to 2,000-3,000 people.
The site features a self-guided interpretive trail with exhibits and information about Osage Indians. It is located 15 miles northeast of Nevada.
This 1887 covered bridge is approximately 76 feet long and is one of four remaining in Missouri. Its red barnlike appearance provides an attractive setting for photographers and artists. The site includes interpretive displays on the history of Missouri's covered bridges. A picnic area is available. From Route 21, go east on Goldman Road, then south on Old Lemay Ferry Road.
This cemetery is the burial place of Missouri governors Meredith Miles Marmaduke and Claiborne Fox Jackson, along with Dr. John Sappington, a pioneer in the use of quinine to treat malaria. All were prominent Arrow Rock citizens. The cemetery is located five miles southwest of Arrow Rock.
Tour the modest flat where Scott Joplin wrote his famous ragtime classics The Entertainer, Easy Winners and others. The apartment is lit by gaslight. It contains 1902 furnishings. An antique player piano fills the home with The King of Ragtime's unique music. The New Rosebud Cafe is a reconstructed bar and gaming club that once operated in the area. It can be reserved for private functions. Tours of the home: $4; ages 6-12, $2.50; younger than 6 is free.
Please note this state historic site is closed from November through January.
The name Towosahgy is an Osage word which means "old town," although it is not known if the Osage were the inhabitants of the site. The site was abandoned during the late fourteenth century for unknown reasons.
This 64-acre site holds the remains of a fortified American Indian ceremonial village and trade center. It is believed to have been inhabited from approximately A.D. 400 to A.D. 1350. The site includes several burial mounds and a kiosk that outlines a brief background. This is a self-guided tour.
Ceramic vessels from Towosahgy are displayed at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
Towosahgy: I-55; Route 80 east; Route 77 south; County Road 502, one mile.
Built in 1871, this is the last surviving covered bridge in Missouri using Burr-arch truss construction. It is one of four covered bridges remaining in the state. The bridge served travelers on the road through Monroe County for 99 years.
Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site is part of Watkins Mill State Park. Tours of the 19th century woolen mill and Watkins home are given daily. This is the only 19th century American woolen mill with its original machinery intact. During summer months, a Living History Farm program is featured on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The site features a visitor center, a lake, camping, picnic sites and a shelter, fishing, a paved bicycle trail, a swimming beach, and hiking and equestrian trails.
The site is located seven miles east of I-35 on Route 92, then one mile north on Route RA.
Tours: $4; ages 6-12 $2.50; younger than 6, free.
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