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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.
This charming home, built in 1853, is filled with antiques. It is on the National Historic Register. Two guestrooms, one with a fireplace. Porch swings. Full breakfast.
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.
The site offers 47 campsites: 12 basic; 34 with electricity; and one with electric, sewer and water. On-season (April 15-Oct. 31) services include a dump station, shower facilities and woodlot, along with potable water spigots located throughout the campground. There is a special-use camping area.
There are hiking trails, picnic sites and a visitor center museum. The Santa Fe Trail crossed the Missouri River here. Landmarks include artist George Caleb Bingham's house, the 1834 J. Huston Tavern and a one-room jail.
Located 13 miles north of I-70 on Route 41. Check-in: 3 p.m. Check-out: 2 p.m. Reservations: 877-422-6766 or online at www.MoStateParks.com.
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.
Built in 1852, along the 1846 alignment of the Santa Fe Trail, this estate was owned by George Caleb Bingham, famed Missouri Civil War artist.
From 1879 to 1978, it was home to the Waggoner family, owners of the Waggoner Gates Mill. The home contains original furnishings and paintings.
In the carriage house you will see a gift shop, an old-fashioned soda fountain, an original covered wagon and a collection of Bingham reproductions. The Carriage House is available for group luncheons, meetings, weddings and private functions.
Tours are offered daily, April through October, and from the day after Thanksgiving through December 30. Group tours may be arranged year-round, by appointment. There is a calendar of events and festivals year-round; see the website for schedules and details.
Regular admission: $6; senior, child and group rates are offered.
The four guestrooms share three bathrooms. Rooms are decorated with oak and walnut antique furniture.
The sitting room contains books and games for your enjoyment; the one TV tunes in the local channels.
Cinnamon rolls are a specialty; they are served with eggs, bacon and fried apples.
There is a cat in residence.
A unique store featuring clothing; materials and supplies for historic reenacting; Missouri-made food items, soaps; and unusual gifts. Located in the old blacksmith shop.
We have another location (our main store), eight miles away in Blackwater.
The village of Arrow Rock is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
From pioneers to presidents, there is much to see and do in Independence. With unique shops, 20 heritage sites, and home to the Missouri Mavericks Hockey team, it's all here in Independence, An American Original.
This hotel is designed to resemble a train station from yesteryear, with all the amenities of today. We offer fresh-baked cookies in the afternoon. Browse the lobby showcasing keepsakes and antiques from days long gone. We have data port telephones, copy and fax machines, and a meeting room. Some rooms include a jetted tub.
This is an all-suite property. Suites include a pull out sofa, a refrigerator and a microwave. We have an indoor pool and hot tub, along with a 24-hour fitness center and business center.
Offering comprehensive receptive services and tour design throughout Missouri. Itineraries are developed on-site and customized for your preferences, developed to match your criteria: leisure; student travel; culinary arts; education; historical; and incentive. We specialize in unique tours, always striving to stay on the forefront of industry trends. We bring your tour to life with historic interpreters, actors and entertainers.
Marketing support, guide services and on-site hosting available. Special arrangements for travelers from the United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.
Built in 1912, this bungalow is the only one of its kind in Arrow Rock. Five guestrooms with private baths; also a private guest cottage with kitchen. Full breakfast is served. Relax on the front porch. Reunions, church and business retreats are welcome.
Established in 1827, Independence is known for its most famous son, President Harry S. Truman; and for being the hub of the pioneer westward trails.
Independence has a mysterious side; that of the paranormal. We feature stories from the courthouse, town square, jail and cemeteries. Learn about the haunted doll, a ghostly mail clerk, and the haunted inn.
Must be older than age 12. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Tours depart from the Courthouse Exchange.
Reservations are required.
A fully restored 19th century stone mansion on two acres of landscaped gardens and lawn. Hawthorn has six extra large guestrooms with private baths, cable television and Wi-Fi. Guests enjoy a full, home-cooked breakfast, freshly prepared for each guest, served at a private table. Off-street parking.
This unique and charming hotel is located across the street from the Harry S. Truman Home in Independence. Higher Ground Hotel has some very spacious rooms, including the family room, which can accommodate larger families, and other unique touches such as rooms with skylights.
Have a picnic in our beautiful garden. Stay in one of our family rooms with HDTV and Blu-Ray players. Check out free a recent Blu-Ray to watch together.
This entirely smoke-free inn offers comfortable private rooms, complimentary continental breakfast, and a unique experience for your stay. Higher Ground Hotel has meeting and banquet space available as well. The hotel is a great place for retreats, family reunions, receptions and other special events.
We invite you to check out our packages and other activities by visiting our website.
Guestrooms include free wireless high-speed Internet access and secure remote printing; Garden Sleep System bed; an ergonomic Herman Miller Mirra chair; Keurig coffeemaker; iron/board; microwave; refrigerator; and hair dryer.
Our hotel offers a 24-hour business center and a Pavilion Pantry mini-market filled with microwaveable items, sundries and other necessities. The restaurant serves cooked-to-order breakfast, dinner and offers evening room service. Guests may check out a Stay Fit Kit for use in their room.
The hotel has 300 newly renovated guestrooms and 10 suites. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi in all guestrooms, public areas and meeting space; indoor pool as well as outdoor pool (seasonal); and a state-of-the-art 3,000-square-foot gym. There are two restaurants and lounges on-site. Conference and event space totals 37,000 square feet to accommodate up to 2,700 people. The Columbia Expo Center adjoins the hotel. Located off I-70 at Exit 124; across the street from Columbia Mall; three miles from MU and a half mile from Cosmo Park.
Located on the Branson strip in the entertainment, dining and shopping district. Relax in our large outdoor heated pool, indoor whirlpool and sundeck overlooking the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Enjoy our complimentary Express Start Breakfast Bar. We can assist you with Silver Dollar City information.
This Holiday Inn Express is located near the Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums, home of the Kansas City Chiefs Football and the Royals Baseball. We are surrounded by a variety of dining establishments.
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.
The J. Huston Tavern has been serving meals to travelers along the Santa Fe Trail since 1834. The brick tavern maintains the flavor of the 1850s, including the original wood floors in the lobby. The tavern is the oldest continuously-serving restaurant west of the Mississippi River.
The tavern features an old-fashioned ice cream parlor in The Tap Room, which served as the town mercantile for many years. The three dining rooms serve hearty country fare. The menu features family-style fried chicken, glazed ham, and other traditional dishes. Voted the "Best Fried Chicken in the State," by Rural Missouri magazine readers in 2011. A rotating lunch menu includes soups, sandwiches, salads and, always, fried chicken. Picnic food items, including fried chicken, are available for carry-out.
During the Lyceum Theatre season (April-December), we are open Wednesdays and Fridays, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., if there is a performance scheduled. Please call for reservations.
An energetic city forged by a rich history, Kansas City is brimming with activities to keep you entertained—eclectic cuisine, swinging jazz, one-of-a-kind museums, a thriving arts scene and fantastic shopping. Part of the city’s charm lies in its impressive network of parks and boulevards and of course, exquisite fountains.
The world-renowned jazz legacy continues today in clubs throughout the city. For barbecue lovers, the city’s signature food can be found at more than 100 barbecue establishments, but visitors also delight in restaurants of every ethnic origin. Pack your bags and discover something unique and unexpected in Kansas City.
The only hair museum in the world with hundreds of wreaths and thousands of jewelry pieces made from human hair. The Hair jewelry was worn both by men and women of the Victorian period (1800-1900) and earlier. You will find pieces containing hair from Queen Victoria, four presidents and multiple celebrities ranging from Michael Jackson to Marilyn Monroe. The museum also has reliquaries of Mary (Mother of Jesus), the cross, and St. Anne (Jesus' grandmother).
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.)
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
Holiday Getaway - Northwest Missouri
There's plenty to see and do during your holiday trip to Northwest Missouri.
Kansas City's Civil War Heritage
See historic homes, plus sites related to the Civil War Battle of Westport.
Presidential Stomping Grounds
Independence is known as Harry Truman's hometown, but its fascinating history pre-dates the only Missourian ever elected president.
The Civil War: Grant and Gray Ghosts
Explore Civil War sites with ties to the Ulysses S. Grant and Gray Ghost Trails.
Way of the Tiger
You'll roar with delight (sorry, we couldn't resist) at the sites on MU's campus and around Columbia.
Where Gray Ghosts Walked
Confederate Guerrillas, known as Gray Ghosts, were active in these areas.
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