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Family fun is waiting at Missouri's largest agricultural showcase. The annual Missouri State Fair is steeped in tradition and heritage, dating from the first fair in 1901. The fairgrounds set the stage for an 11-day event that includes nearly 30,000 entries of Missouri's best livestock and competitive exhibits.
The State Fair includes a diverse lineup of entertainment options. The main grandstand provides 11 days of exciting entertainment, ranging from concerts to tractor pulls to internationally acclaimed entertainers.
In the arena, watch rodeo, bull riding and motorsports. The free professional entertainment and exhibits located throughout the grounds keep everyone entertained for hours and help make the State Fair very affordable for families. Free shows such as a circus under a big top, and the new Swashchucklers Comedy Pirate Show are just a sampling of the fun.
The fairgrounds offer public camping year-round; during the fair camp sites start at $20 per night.
Admission: $8 ~ ages 62+, $6 ~ ages 6-12, $2 ~ younger than 6, free. Parking is free. Special discounts on admission and carnival ride tickets are offered throughout the event.
Spend rodeo Saturday in downtown Sikeston at the Cowboy Up! Arts Festival. The fun begins with the Rodeo Parade, followed by a day of rodeo excitement.
Events and exhibits take place at the Sikeston Depot Museum and Art Gallery, and next door in Legion Square. Meet the rodeo clowns; enjoy cowboy and western arts and crafts; concessions; and pony rides. Live music by Anna Catherine DeHart, Kennedy Frohawk, and The Baker Family.
While downtown, visit antique and collectibles shops, boutiques and specialty stores.
Living history volunteers at the National World War I Museum share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life, focuing on how soldiers handled colonial warfare during the course of the war.
Unfortunately, the Liberty Memorial Tower (built in 1926) is not accessible to wheelchairs.
Included with museum admission: $14 ~ age 65+ and students (18+ with ID), $12 ~ ages 6–17, $8 ~ younger than 6 and members, free.
Hummingbirds are some of the most amazing and charismatic birds. In Missouri, the ruby-throated hummingbird is a species that makes an amazing migratory journey each year.
Join the Missouri River Bird Observatory at the visitor center at Arrow Rock State Historic Site and around the village as they band these beautiful birds.
Lee Ward, a mortician by trade, historian and writer, will give a presentation at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site about Jesse James and his death. The historic site will co-sponsor other activities throughout the week as part of the Lexington Fair, which runs from Aug. 18-24.
Michael Dickey, the author of several books on western Missouri history and the leading expert on historical aspects of Arrow Rock, Mo., presents "Vincent Marmaduke: James Bond of the South" at the Fort Davidson State Historic Site.
The Marmaduke family was a leading family in the state and in the Arrow Rock area and Vincent's brother, John, was one of the Confederate generals attacking Pilot Knob in 1864.
Join us for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Glasgow at Stump Island Park. More than 100 Civil War reenactors will recreate the battle and have demonstrations for you and your family.
There will be a parade downtown and a ladies tea (see brochure). A period Civil War ball will be held 7:30 p.m.-midnight with a fiddler and caller for your dance enjoyment. Wear your best period gowns and suits, as this is an event you will not want to miss.
Join us for a week-long celebration of our Civil War Sesquicentennial – 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Pilot Knob, with a variety of events scheduled including concerts, speakers, hikes, grand ball, and the battle re-enactment which features "blowing up the fort."
Please visit our website for the latest updates to the scheduled events.
Full-scale reenactments of the Battle of Pilot Knob are staged, attracting tens of thousands of spectators to the Valley. Be sure to make your plans now to attend the next two reenactments scheduled during the Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations; they are September 27-28, 2014.
The Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation area are rich in Missouri Civil War History. The towns of Pilot Knob, Ironton and Arcadia were of strategic importance as the southern terminus of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad. Union soldiers occupied Pilot Knob, the Arcadia Valley region and Black River area throughout the war. Fort Davidson, the target of the Battle of Pilot Knob in 1864, is a hexagonal earthwork constructed by the Union Army and stands 300 yards from the base of Pilot Knob Mountain. The assault on Fort Davidson by Confederate troops left 1,300 soldiers dead, missing or wounded. The fort and site are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Fort Davidson State Historic Site serves as a memorial to those who gave their lives on the battlefield, and the Visitor's Center provides detailed information about the battle through the use of artifacts, a diorama, and film. Additionally, a self-guided driving tour around the Arcadia Valley directs visitors to some of the most significant points on the battlefields. Each stop is marked by a red granite monument. Maps for this tour are available at Fort Davidson State Historic Site.
We welcome everyone to attend this historic, educational and exciting event.
Arrow Rock hosts one of Missouri's oldest and most popular heritage festivals featuring traditional and modern hand-crafted items, historic reenactments, living history presenters, entertainment and food.
You will see booths featuring weaving, spinning, needlework, rug hooking, bobbin lace, gunsmithing, blacksmithing, soap making, rope making, pottery, woodworking, printing and medical exhibits.
Note: Address is for Friends of Arrow Rock office. The festival takes place throughout the Village of Arrow Rock.
Air Force Orchestra and Color Guard will participate in Hermann's Military Weekend on Sunday, September 14 at the Clara Eitman Messmer Amphitheatre. Color Guard begins at 3 p.m. (15:00 military) CST with orchestra following immediately.
Please check our website for details.
Discover how a young boy growing up in the small village of Hannibal became one of the world's most beloved authors.
A self-guided tour of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum gives you the chance to explore the Hannibal of Samuel Clemens and experience the amazing stories he created through the his power of imagination.
The properties include six historically significant buildings; plus two interactive museums whose collections include 15 original Norman Rockwell paintings and a wealth of Twain artifacts.
The Boyhood Home is designated a National Historic Landmark.
Admission: $10; ages 60+, $8.50; ages 6-17, $6; younger than 6, free.
In the Patee House Museum, you can climb aboard an 1860 train and ride a vintage carousel—indoors. The museum houses an 1877 railroad depot; a stagecoach; automobiles; trucks; fire trucks; wagons; buggies and carriages; a horse-drawn hearse; a real gallows; a blacksmith shop; the dressmaker's shop; model railroads; antique furniture and toys; western art; and a wing designed to look like the streets of Old St. Jo in the 1860s-1880s.
Constructed in 1858 as a luxury hotel, the building has been a hotel three times; a girls college twice; the Union Army Provost Marshal's office during the Civil War; the headquarters for the Pony Express; and a shirt factory.
Admission: $6; age 60+, $5; ages 6-17, $4; younger than 6, free.
(One block away, visit the home where the infamous outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed on April 3, 1882.)
On April 3, 1860, a lone rider, the first of his kind, left Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, marking the start of the Pony Express. Brave riders, carrying saddlebags filled with our nation's hopes and dreams, traveled more than 2,000 miles west to California.
Today, the stables house a modern, interactive and educational tribute to the history and legend of the Pony Express. Experience exciting, educational, state-of-the-art exhibits chronicling the need, creation, operation and termination of the Pony Express.
Whatever your age, you’re sure to be captivated by the stories and images of an era long passed. A 60-foot diorama depicts the diverse terrain over which the riders traveled.
Admission: $6; ages 60+, $5; ages 7-18, $3; younger than 7, free.
One of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums, containing more than 33,000 works of art. Areas of notable depth include: Oceanic art; pre-Columbian art; ancient Chinese bronzes; and European and American art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with particular strength in 20th century German painting.
The museum offers a full range of featured exhibitions, a research library, four conservation labs, a varied annual schedule of special events, and community and school programs.
The East Building expansion opened June 29, 2013, increasing the museum’s public space by 30 percent. It added: more than 300 parking spaces; a fully accessible entrance on Fine Arts Drive; a new Education Center; and reinstalled galleries in the Main Building.
Located in Forest Park, the Saint Lewis Art Museum is the only permanent building remaining from the 1904 World’s Fair.
Closed Thanksgiving and December 25. Check our website for exhibits, schedules and holiday hours.
This website offers information about the history of the Civil War in Missouri as the state prepares to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the war, which was fought 1861-1865.
Throughout the site, you'll find details about Civil War battles that took places in Missouri, such as Wilson's Creek and Pilot Knob; the people who played a significant role in the war, such as Ulysses S. Grant and Sterling Price; and resources for educators, where links to lesson plans and teacher's guides are available. Information about upcoming Civil War events around Missouri can be found on the site, which also features videos about the war and its impact on the state.
You'll also find information about Civil War-related attractions in Missouri, such as the Old Courthouse, Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, and Calvary Cemetery, to name a few.
People interested in getting involved with Civil War Sesquicentennial events may use the website to submit their e-mail address if they'd like to receive more information about volunteer opportunities, as those opportunities become available.
For more than forty years, this was the only courthouse between Independence and the Pacific Ocean.
Harry S. Truman held court here in the 1930s. Also, it served as a Mormon mercantile.
Kansas City's oldest remaining brick residence is located in the Westport area. The Greek Revival mansion was built in 1855 by early settlers, John and Henrietta Harris. The bricks for the mansion were made on the premises.
The house stood prominently on the Battle of Westport Civil War Battlefield. In the fall of 1861, the Harris home was used as headquarters for the Union Army.
The house was moved to its present location in 1922. The house is restored to its 1850s appearance.
Visit our website for details and special event schedules.
The dungeon-like cells of the jail housed thousands of prisoners during the bloodiest time in Jackson County's history, including Frank James and William Quantrill. An 1870s schoohouse completes the site. Closed November and January-March.
Unusual "squirrel cage" jail, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, also serves as a visitors' information center in Gallatin, MO.
The Daviess County Squirrel Cage Jail was completed in 1889. Its unique architectural design provided answers to concerns about prisoner security, worries about both prisoners breaking out and accomplices breaking in: rotary jails, where a round "squirrel cage" divides into jail cells and spins on a single axis inside a perimeter of stationary bars.
Eight rotary jails are known to have been constructed, all variations of the patented design by the Pauley Jail Building & Mfg. Company of St. Louis. Only three still stand today as visual markers of yesteryear.
Built in 1906, this renovated and remodeled Missouri-Pacific Depot is now owned by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. It houses the Aurora Historical Society Museum, filled with memories of yesteryear of Aurora and surrounding communities.
The old historic A.L. Webb School has been transformed into a museum housing artifacts, pictures, art collection, military and school memorabilia. The museum is not wheelchair accessible. In front of the museum stands the Veteran's Memorial, honoring all military men and women. The memorial is wheelchair accessible.
Built in 1893, our beautiful Victorian house was the home of Allen Percy Green, the owner/operator of the Green Refractory, a world renowned fire-brick manufacturer.
Four guestrooms. Guests are served a full, hot breakfast. Our ample common areas total more than 5,000 square-feet. The beautiful grounds cover half an acre. We enjoy a 99.7% customer satisfaction rate.
A multitude of indoor and outdoor activities are available in the area. The National Churchill Museum in Fulton is a 30-minute drive; the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City is 50 minutes away.
Visit our website for more information, area attractions, photos and reservations. Special packages are available with a two-work-day notice.
Displays include items of historical note, from pioneer materials and American Indian relics and arrowheads, to collections of military objects, including a cannonball that struck the courthouse during the 1862 Battle of Kirksville.
This museum, in a former school, documents the history of Agency, from the 1836 Platte Purchase to the present. After the Platte Purchase, Agency Ford was a thriving community, but, slowly, flooding caused the town to nearly vanish. Open by appointment.
Hands-on environment for all ages. On display is a Cobra helicopter, a T-33 jet aircraft, Army Jeeps, trucks and other restored military equipment.
Take an imaginary flight in a Cobra helicopter. Type a message on a teletype machine. Have a personalized dog tag made.
We host birthday parties.
Admission: $5; ages 6-11, $3; ages 5 and younger, free.
The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of 18th, 19th and 20th century American art in the Midwest. The museum has works by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Rembrandt Peale, Edward Hopper, and Wayne Theibaud.
The collection is housed in the original William Albrecht home, with a large addition. The museum’s gift shop offers a selection of keepsakes and children's items.
Admission: $5; age 65+, $2; younger than 18 & students, $1. Group rates offered. Closed holidays.
In 1894, this roller mill and one-room schoolhouse was the focal point of the Alley Spring community.
Park rangers in period costume show you how the mill worked, and how school was taught in the one-room schoolhouse. A variety of historic programs are offered.
Open June thru August.
NOTE: Alley Mill will be closed or access limited much of the summer in 2014 for restoration work. Check the website or call for details.
Rooms include HBO and free local calls. Located off of I-29.
Each of our locations provides access to Kansas City's attractions. Each location offers you free local calls, free hi-speed wireless Internet access, outdoor pool, and coin-operated laundry.American Inns offer three locations in the Kansas City, Missouri, area: I-70 and Woods Chapel Road in Blue Springs; I-70 and Noland Road in Independence; and I-35 and Armour Road in North Kansas City.
Our North Kansas City location is a full-service location featuring Spirits Restaurant and Spirit's Alibi Lounge. Should you have a meeting or reunion planned, allow us to assist you in North Kansas City or Independence in our meeting facilities.
Located in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form.
Activities include interactive exhibits; films; the Changing Gallery; the Blue Room Jazz Club; and the Gem Theater, a 500-seat performing arts center.
We offer education and community-based programs, traveling exhibits, live musical performances and special events.
Closed all federal Holidays, except Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Admission: $8; younger than 12, $3. Combo tickets with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum: $10; younger than 12, $5.
A fine arts museum devoted to man's best friend; home to one of the largest collections of dog art in the country. Permanent exhibits include paintings, drawings and sculptures by well known 19th- and 20th-century artists. Gift shop; All-Star Dogs Hall of Fame; and Hope A. Levy Memorial Library. Special events are held throughout the year.
Hands-on, interactive museum of agricultural history. The American Royal is Kansas City's famed barbecue, rodeo, horse and livestock show venue. Tours available.
All rooms have queen or king beds; 30-inch flat-screen TV; USA Today; free local calls; phones with data ports and voice mail. Continental breakfast includes a hot waffle bar. Branson is 30 miles.
We invite you to stay at our hotel, located 6 miles from Truman Lake, at the western trailhead of Katy Trail State Park. We are right at the center between Kansas City and Springfield/Branson area. We are pet-friendly. Pets must weigh less than 25 pounds.
We have meeting facilities of more than 8,000 sq. ft. An atrium of 5,900 sq. ft., a town hall of 2,100 sq. ft. and a Boardroom. We can accommodate from 10 to 500 people.
See our website for details, reservations and a list of nearby businesses and attractions.
Relax and enjoy great views of the Missouri countryside. Two trains daily each direction between St. Louis and Kansas City, with stops at St. Louis, Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee's Summit, Independence and Kansas City.
Limited carry-on bicycle space is available (St. Louis-Kansas City trains only); restrictions apply. Reservations are required for bicycle space and for all passengers. Purchase tickets from any travel agent or on the Amtrak Web site.
Discounts offered: seniors (62+), children (2-12), active duty military, groups (20+), AAA, Veterans Advantage members, and Student Advantage members. See individual listings for each city served.
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