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This picturesque little town lies between the bluffs, at the confluence of the Osage River and Missouri River. During its prime, Bonnots Mill was a hub for commerce, with riverboats and steam-powered trains supplying the region with goods.
Today, this early French settlement offers a general store, a saloon and restaurant, a bed and breakfast inn, and a wedding chapel. This entire district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The mansion was constructed in 1871 as the official residence of Missouri's first family. The state's first family invites you to tour their home to see its beautiful architecture and period furniture, and to learn the history of many of the state's great governors.
From March-May, public, guided tours of the first floor are conducted every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Go to the tours page of the mansion's website to schedule a tour.
From January-February and June-November, tours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Tours last 20 to 30 minutes.
There are no weekday tours in August and December. However, in December the Mansion opens for Candlelight Tours, an event which showcases the mansion in full holiday decor. Free admission. Cameras are allowed.
Packages, including backpacks, food or beverages, including water bottles, and chewing gum are not allowed on the grounds or inside the mansion.
Lincoln University, one of the first historically black colleges in the United States, was founded in 1866 by the men of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantries and their white officers, for the special benefit of freed slaves.
Tour the grounds of this historic university. Visit the Soldiers Memorial Plaza, standing as a tribute to the founders of Lincoln University and the men of the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantries who served in the United States Civil War.
The Capitol, completed in 1918, covers three acres in downtown Jefferson City. The dome rising 238 feet above ground level and is topped by a bronze statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of vegetation. In addition to housing the two legislative bodies, the building provides office space for the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, state auditor and administrative agencies. It holds the Missouri State Museum, which features exhibits of historical significance.
The structure is notable for its architectural features, including: eight 48-foot columns on the south portico; six 40-foot columns on the north side; a 30-foot-wide grand stairway; and 13-foot by 18-foot bronze doors on the south side. Tours provide an excellent education on the State of Missouri and the structure itself.
Guided 45-minute tours are given, free of charge, Monday thru Saturday, on the hour, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (except at noon), and Sun., at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Self-guided maps are available at the tour desk, on the first floor. Reservations required for groups of 10+.
It is interesting to note that, contrary to popular belief, the north side, facing the river, is the front of the Capitol. The photo shown here is of the south side (the back) of the building.
When this prison opened in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo was going on in Texas. The prison was 100 years old when Alcatraz began taking inmates. In 1967, the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) was named the “bloodiest 47 acres in America” by Time magazine. Before it closed in 2004, MSP was the oldest continually operating penitentiary west of the Mississippi River.
The Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) was decommissioned in 2004. It is now open seasonally for public for tours, operated by the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Tour guides are former corrections officers, guards and wardens who worked within the walls of MSP. Prison-related gifts and souvenirs are available for purchase.
The tours showcase the history of MSP and the early penal eras in the U.S. Tours may include: the control center; the upper yard; cellblocks in housing units A (the oldest remaining cellblock on the grounds; built in 1868) and other housing units; the dungeon cells (where inmates often went mad); the industry area; the exercise yard; and the gas chamber (where 40 inmates, men and women, were executed).
Visit cells of famous inmates such as heavyweight champion Sonny Liston and James Earl Ray (who escaped in 1967 and went on to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968).
The Missouri State Penitentiary is an incredibly historical site. Because of the nature and subject of the tours, no children younger than 10 are permitted. Photographs are allowed, but no video may be taken. No smoking. No food allowed. Because of the age of the facility, these tours are not wheelchair accessible. All attendees must sign a waiver of liability. Persons younger than 18 must have guardian’s signature on the waiver.
This CVB reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone. You may experience low visibility, damp or wet conditions, uneven ground and stairs. You should not enter if you suffer from asthma, heart conditions, are prone to seizures, have physical ailments or any type of condition that prohibits you from walking or standing. Do not enter this attraction if you are intoxicated, wearing any form of cast, medical brace, are using crutches or a wheelchair, or have any type of physical limitation.
Reservations are required for all tours. Every person on the tour must have a reservation. You may visit the website and call the CVB for details, schedules and reservations. Extended and paranormal (ghost) tours are offered. Special and group tours may be arranged.
In 1905, using a portion of the proceeds from the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, the general assembly appropriated $185,000 to build the Supreme Court Building.
The three-story, red-brick building opened in October 1907. It features French Renaissance architecture, stone pillars at each wing of the front facade, stone trim and a slate roof. Prominent in the lobby is a massive marble staircase.
The building houses the judges' offices; the Supreme Court clerk and the clerk’s staff; two courtrooms; the two-story-high Supreme Court Library, and the office of the state attorney general.
Free, half-hour tours of this historic building are available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the half-hour. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays. Tour times fill quickly, so please schedule your tour well in advance. Unscheduled walk-in tours are available each day at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
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