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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.
Alpine Shop is an Independent specialty outdoor retailer that provides world class service to our customers by outfitting them with equipment, inspiration and education for their outdoor pursuits. At Alpine Shop, we love and need the mountains, trails, rivers and wild places. They nourish our spirit. Our mission is - with true enthusiasm - to bring or renew this love to our customers and to each person who works with us.
Established in 1961, the Lyceum produces professionally staged musicals, dramas and comedies. June-November each year, this 408-seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country, to produce and perform an eight show season.
Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take-up residence in Arrow Rock for five months, to present Broadway-caliber productions for the Lyceum’s audiences.
Tickets: $35; age 62+, $31; ages 13-21, $20; ages 4-12, $15.
The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
The entire village of Arrow Rock is listed on the National Register of Historic places.
Take a one-and-a-half hour tour of this 1800s village in a seven-passenger tram. Stops include the restored 1837 home of artist George Caleb Bingham; the Victorian home and gun shop of J.P. Sites; and other hostoric sites.
Sign up for the tram tour at the Friends of Arrow Rock office, on the boardwalk in Arrow Rock; or schedule in advance by phone.
June-Aug., tours operate daily. April-May and Sep.-Oct., tours are on Sat.-Sun. only.
Price: $5; younger than 12, $2.50; groups, $3 per person.
As early as 1805, Daniel and Nathan Boone, sons of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone, processed salt from Boone's Lick Spring. A trail with interpretive panels leads to the spring. Picnic sites are available. This historic site is managed out of Arrow Rock State Historic Site. Located 12 miles northwest of Boonville on Route 187, off Route 87.
Enjoy our grower and producer market every Saturday from April 5 to November 22, 8 a.m.-noon in the Boonslick Library parking lot. We are a self-certifying market of farmers and artisans from the local area. As the season progresses, we can be found in the late afternoons from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Seasonal produce, organic body products, jewelry, bedding plants, upcycled garden products and ornaments, honey, gourds, seasoning blends, eggs and jams are just a few of the items that can be found at our market.
All our vendors enjoy answering your questions and are always willing to recommend area businesses, tourist spots to visit and places to stay. Ask a local, shop local.
Boonville is a beautiful river town on Interstate 70, halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis. Visitors find Boonville and the surrounding Boonslick Region to be a fun and culturally rich place to explore. We have more than 450 hotel and bed and breakfast rooms. Attractions include the Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel; the Katy Trail; 400 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places; and numerous events and festivals. Boonville is surrounded by historic small towns including Rocheport, Blackwater, and Arrow Rock. You will be charmed by the shopping, dining, and theater experiences here. Our staff is here to assist you in building an itinerary tailored to your group. We invite you to discover our treasures.
Take it all in. See the sights of Boonville on this self-guided walking tour, featuring more than 20 points of interest, such as The Old Jail and Hotel Frederick.
Download a Walking History Tour off of the website, or pick up a brochure in the Tourism Office and Visitors Center (address shown).
Note: Not all of the sites are open year-round.
We offer ice cream cones, shakes, malts, floats, nanner-splitz and ‘anydaes’ (because anyday is a good day for a sundae). The Cookie Dough Samich is a must try. If you are up to a challenge, the Boonville Bellyache might be for you; it consists of 16 scoops of ice cream, 10 brownie bites, two cookies, bananas, all of our toppings and it is covered in whipped cream, nuts and cherries. If you finish it in an hour, you get it free and we give you a T-shirt that says: I Got a Bellyache in Boonville, Mo.
At Chez Trappeur, world-class wines from Missouri join French, Italian, Spanish and California wines, along with fine cuisine in a historic setting.
The three front doors of the 1890s home lead to three distinct spaces.
Door 1: The bistro restaurant, where the menu is continental French, adjusted to the Midwest palate. Ingredients are locally sourced, with a commitment to farm-to-table cuisine as much as possible.
Door 2: The tasting room, in the underground cellar, holding more than 100 selections from around the world; many available to sample and by the glass.
Door 3: The bar is a plush, relaxing place serving wines, beers and microbrews, plus a other refreshments.
Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Check their website for details, hours, special events, wine list and menus. Although walk-ins are welcome, reservations for dinner are advised.
Serving Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. Carry-out option.
Free hot breakfast buffet includes: Scrambled eggs; flavored waffles; biscuits and sausage gravy. Free casino shuttle. FEMA compliant.
Located off of I-70, at exit 101; within one mile of Katy Trail State Park.
Guestrooms have queen or king beds. Some rooms have a jetted tub. Free local calls. Continental breakfast with waffles and oatmeal.
Laundry facility available. A bicycle rack is provided for Katy Trail riders. Free shuttle to the casino.
Hail Ridge offers lessons, a driving range, a putting green, continuous cart paths, yearly memberships, and a clubhouse with pro shop and entertainment facilities. We offer online tee time reservations.
Relax in the comfort of this restored 1910 cottage, named for Boonville's founding mother. The Victorian woodwork, windows, doors, and wood floors have been preserved and restored to show off their original character. Antique furnishings and period light fixtures are featured throughout, but modern day comforts abound. We have off-street parking, a back yard with 100+ year old shade trees, and a front porch with a large, comfortable swing. Located less than one mile from downtown Boonville and the Katy Trail, at the site of the Hannah Cole Fort and the Civil War Battle of Boonville.
The hotel, built in 1905, holds twenty-four guestrooms, many with a view of the Missouri River. King and queen beds feature 450-count sheets and down comforters. Tiled bathrooms with heated floors and heated towel racks. Several rooms have a jetted tub. Guestrooms include flat screen, interactive television and DVD player. Free continental breakfast. Meeting rooms, bar and Cajun restaurant on-site. Adjacent to the Katy Trail.
The casino has many of your favorite slot machines and table games. Our three signature restaurants will satisfy your cravings for casual, elegant, sit-down or takeout. Hotel on site offering 140 rooms, including 27 suites. We have more than 12,000 square feet of meeting/banquet space.
Experience history while you dine. This building has served travelers along the Santa Fe Trail since 1834, making it the oldest continually-serving restaurant west of the Mississippi River. Tours are available year-round, but the restaurant itself is open seasonally.
The tavern was built by Joseph Huston as the Huston family home in 1834, as a Federal-style 2 1/2 story brick structure. By 1840, Huston was known as a hotelkeeper, serving Missouri River and Santa Fe Trail Travelers. At this time, a brick addition was added housing a mercantile store on the first floor and ballroom that doubles as the town hall on the second floor.
A rare example of 19th century decorative stenciling has survived and the lobby maintains the original wood floors. Frame additions for dining space and additional bedrooms were added after 1850 and the detached summer kitchen was incorporated into the main building.
A cupola on the roof houses a salvaged steamboat bell that announced meal times and emergencies. Visitors today enjoy ringing the bell by tugging the rope that hangs in the lobby, suspended from above.
In 1912, the National Old Trails Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) brought national attention to the “Old Tavern” because of its association with the Santa Fe Trail. In 1923, the DAR persuaded the state legislature to purchase the Tavern for $5,000, making it the first building in Missouri set aside for historic preservation with public funds. They were appointed by the state as “custodians” of the Tavern; in 1937 they reported that they had served 1,834 meals, an amount now surpassed in a single month.
Katy Trail State Park is the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. The flat, 237.7-mile trail is open for hiking, running, walking, and bicycling through Missouri countryside.
Many wineries, restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, motels, campgrounds and shopping opportunities are located along its length. More than half of the eastern section of the trail follows the Missouri River; after leaving the river, the trail meanders through peaceful farmland and small-town Missouri.
Horseback riding is allowed on the 34.7-mile section between Calhoun and the Sedalia Fairgrounds; also on the 15.3-mile stretch between Tebbetts and Portland.
Motorized vehicles and equipment are prohibited. Electrically assisted, pedal-powered bicycles/tricycles (maximum speed of 20 mph), as well as electrically powered mobility devices for persons with disabilities, such as motorized wheelchairs and scooters, are allowed. No hunting or firearms allowed.
(The map shown on this listing is the location of the Jefferson City trailhead only.)
Main trailheads, listed from west to east:
*Clinton *Calhoun *Windsor *Green Ridge *Sedalia *Clifton City *Pilot Grove *Boonville *New Franklin *Rocheport *McBaine *Hartsburg *North Jefferson City *Tebbetts *Mokane *Portland *McKittrick *Treloar *Marthasville *Dutzow *Augusta *Matson *Weldon Springs *Green Bottom *St. Charles *Machens
Missouri Life magazine is one of Missouri's top travel magazines, having won Magazine of the Year, and been named a finalist in recent years by an international magazine association of regional magazines.
Every issue includes: Dining Worth the Drive; Road Trips; Travel Destinations; Travel Adventures; and other features. We inform about travel, entertainment, adventure, food, wineries, microbreweries, theater, sports and events.
Let our award-winning photography inspire your choice of where to go next. We excel at finding the secrets of our big cities and charming small towns. We cover our fascinating past and the places where you can discover history. We point out exciting recreation, such as where to go sky diving, take a balloon ride, and find a sleigh ride.
1 year (6 issues): $20
2 years (12 issues): $35
3 years (18 issues): $50
(Canada and International slightly higher.)
Come and take a tour of the longest operating county jail in the State of Missouri. It was built in 1846 and operated until 1978. Famous prisoneers have been held here, including Frank James, brother to infamous Missouri outlaw Jesse James.
Included in the tour is the Cooper County Hanging Barn, where men were put to dealth by hanging. The last public hanging in Missouri took place in this barn in 1930.
River Hills’ facility includes skeet, trap, sporting clays and five-stand. The sporting clays course sits among the hills of the Missouri River; some stations are situated on the bluffs. There are 15-17 stations on the main course; seven stations on the beginners or clubhouse course. We can accommodate the recreational shooter and the competitive shooter. There is an air-conditioned clubhouse and a snack bar.
We have loaner guns, ammo and eye and hearing protection. Cost is $4 for skeet and trap; $14 for 50 targets of five-stand or sporting clays.
Circa 1869 Civil War mansion with ten guestrooms, private baths. The Missouri Governor's Mansion was patterned after this 12,000 square foot mansion. The home includes: antiques; 11 Carerra marble fireplaces hand-carved in France; 300-pound walnut doors; magnificent original woodwork; three staircases, including a grand staircase at the entry.
Seven acre property along the Katy Trail; adjacent to conservation land beside the Missouri River. Located twenty miles west of Columbia; one-fourth mile from the Boonville Bridge; one-mile from the casino; half-a-mile from restaurants; twelve miles to a winery. Group tours by appointment.
Full hook-ups and pull-through sites; 24-hour self check in; 50-amp service. Off I-70 at exit 103.
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.
Dad's Dream Weekend in Missouri
It's time for Dad to get out and have some fun in Missouri.
Explore the Boone's Lick Region - Part I
Whether you spell it Boone's Lick or Boonslick, you'll be wowed by the unique history in this area of Northwest and Central Missouri.
Explore the Boone's Lick Region - Part II
The Civil War: Grant and Gray Ghosts
Explore Civil War sites with ties to the Ulysses S. Grant and Gray Ghost Trails.
Where Gray Ghosts Walked
Confederate Guerrillas, known as Gray Ghosts, were active in these areas.
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