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As the City of Kimmswick ages and changes, residents and property owners seek to preserve the Historic small-town atmosphere that brought them here and keeps them here. The vision for the City of Kimmswick is to achieve long-term sustainability to assure that community living, recreation, small business, and cultural activities, can both blend and thrive without compromising community values and assets.
Walk back in time when you enter the beautiful city of Kimmswick. You can enjoy lunch at The Blue Owl Restaurant, The Dough Depot, Mary's sweet shop or the Tin Cup. Shop the quaint streets or visit the Anheuser Museum and Estate.
Built in 1894-95, this Romanesque Revival building is constructed of Carthage stone and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its turrets, towers and arches evoke a feel of a medieval castle looming over the city below.
Inside, a wrought-iron cage elevator still operates and an array of military artifacts and mining specimens are displayed along with the “Forged in Fire” mural by Lowell Davis that portrays the history of Jasper County.
A display representing the history of Route 66 was added in 2009. The Jasper County Courthouse is said to be the second-most-photographed building in the state of Missouri. Closed state and national holidays.
This stately, two-story brick house was built in 1849. The building was used as a command center by both sides during the Civil War.
Tours by appointment. Private event space is available.
Officially recognized as the birthplace of Route 66, it was in Springfield on April 30, 1926, that officials first proposed the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway. In 1938, Route 66 became the first completely paved transcontinental highway in America-the "Mother Road"-stretching from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast. Traces of the Mother Road are still visible in downtown Springfield and on the city's north side. Travelers still see traces of history along the famous thoroughfare. In some areas, early gas stations and cafes are still in operation, sitting alongside antique stores and flea markets.
Built in 1819, Thornhill is the oldest governor’s home still standing in Missouri. It was the home of Frederick Bates, Missouri’s second governor (1824), and his family. The site includes: the home; the original barn; a second barn which was built around 1860; a distillery; a smokehouse; an icehouse; a granary; and the blacksmith’s shop. The family cemetery holds the graves of Frederick Bates, his wife, Nancy, two of their four children and three family friends.
Prior to becoming governor, Bates was the territorial secretary for the Louisiana Territory under Territorial Governor William Clark. Frederick Bates was the brother of Edward Bates, who was Attorney General under Abraham Lincoln, and James Bates, the Territorial Senator to the Arkansas Territory. Thornhill is the trailhead of the 1.4-mile Governor Frederick Bates Trail, which winds down the Missouri River bluffs, then up through Faust Park.
Route 66 Part Two
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