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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).
Because of major damage caused by flooding of the Missouri River, Big Lake State Park is closed indefinitely.
The 625-acre Oxbow Lake, 11 miles southwest of Mound City, is perfect for fishing. The park offers lodging, camping, dining, a swimming pool, a snack bar, a store and picnicking. It is an ideal area for bird watching, as it lies along a major migratory flyway.
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.
Tucked between colorful Ozark hills, Dillard Mill, bult in 1900, is one of Missouri’s best-preserved examples of a water-powered gristmill. The red mill overlooking the spring-fed Huzzah Creek makes a picturesque place to picnic and hike. Tours: $4; ages 6-12, $2.50; younger than age 6 admitted free.
A trail leads to the point where the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers meet. Interpretive panels focus on the rivers and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The park's location is great for bird watching. Flooding occaisionally causes closure of the park. Check the website prior to your visit.
This historic site includes three houses: the 1818 Federal-style Felix Valle House; the vertical-log, 1792 Amoureux House; and the 1819 Shaw House. Exhibits interpret the lifestyles and history of early Ste. Genevieve. These are some of the finest examples of French colonial architecture in the nation. Tours: $4; ages 6-12, $2.50; younger than 6, free.
Visitors to Branson can make their headquarters at this park, located along Table Rock Lake. The park features a marina, scuba diving, fishing, a boat ramp, camping, a paved walking and bicycle trail, and picnic sites and a shelter. It is located five miles west of Branson.
The Victorian stone house was the famous artist’s home from 1939 until his death in 1975. Benton converted the carriage house into his art studio.
The main house and the studio contain many of his belongings and works of art. A blank canvas, paintbrushes and paints remain in the studio just as he left them.
Tours: $4; ages 6-12 $2.50; younger than 6 is free. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Watkins Mill State Park offers opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The most rugged portion of the land was created by the cutting action of Williams Creek. A 100-acre lake features an accessible fishing dock and a boat-launching area. Bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish are plentiful in the blue waters. The sandy swimming beach is a popular spot on a warm, sunny day, and a changehouse is available nearby.The park offers abundant wildlife and plants. Visitors regularly see white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and other native animals. The bird population is abundant with a wide variety of species, some of which are only seen in northwestern Missouri.
The park contains Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, which features a three-story woolen mill, the only 19th century textile mill in North America with its original machinery still in place. The site is a National Historic Landmark, as well as a National Mechanical Engineering Historic Landmark.
The park is located seven miles east of I-35 on Route 92, then one mile north on Route RA.
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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