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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.
We have three cottages that sleep six, located two miles outside of Ironton, 80 miles southeast of St. Louis. The country setting provides a peace and quiet not found in the city. Walk along Stouts Creek; relax by the pool; float the Black River using canoes, rafts or tubes. Trail rides are on the adjacent property.
The Arcadia Valley offers a variety of outdoor recreation and events. Visit our website for details.
The Audrain County Historical Society Museum is located within the 11-acre Robert S. Green Park. There, visitors find the ante-bellum Graceland Museum (1857), (on the National Registry of Historical Places), the American Saddlebred Horse Museum (1970), a Country School (1903) and the Prairie View Christian Church (1889).
"Fire Brick" was the most significant industry and employer in Audrain County during the 20th century. With the decline in the industry, the Fire Brick Museum was added to the museum complex in 2008, to honor the significance of the industry and the employees that made it possible.
Details, event schedules and information about these sites can be found on our website. Admission: $5; age 12 and younger, $3.
The Common Pleas Courthouse was completed in 1854. It sits high atop a hill, overlooking downtown. It played a big part in our history, from American Indian council meetings to the Civil War. The dungeon was used to jail southern sympathizers and perhaps Confederate soldiers.
On the west side of the courthouse stand three memorials: A cast of a Union soldier, who sits atop a fountain way, was presented by the Women's Relief Corps in 1911; another, made from Georgia silver gray marble, was presented to the city in 1931, by the United Daughters of the Confederacy; the third is a Vietnam Memorial.
This attraction has an audio tour you can access on your cell phone while on-site, to give you the complete history.
Stop by for maps, brochures and information about Cape Girardeau businesses, events and attractions.
Cape Girardeau has many attractions and activities for the entire family. And with more than 100 restaurants, we're sure that you will find dining in Cape Girardeau pleasing to the taste.
The CVB gift shop has souvenirs, post cards and coffee table books by local authors. To view our online Visitor Guide and Dining Guide go to www.VisitCape.com.
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.
Offering 70 guestrooms, featuring king leisure suites and three whirlpool suites. Free local calls. Five minutes to St. Louis Mills Mall, Lambert International Airport and MetroLink; 15 minutes to Harrahs Casino and Ameristar Casino. Located off of north I-270; south on Hanley Road.
Enjoy an exciting and unique guided tour of downtown St. Louis, Forest Park or the Soulard/Lafayette Square Neighborhoods riding a Segway personal transporter. Tours last approximately three hours. Tours for up to eight people; minimum age 16; weight 100-270 pounds. Dress for outdoors and wear sensible shoes (no flip-flops).Your starting location and other details are provided upon booking. See our website for details and schedules. April through October.
Training on a Segway is provided. Personal charter tour or event is available.
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.
The museum is housed in the restored 1941 Ironton-Arcadia Depot. It contains an extensive collection of Arcadia Valley and Iron County artifacts, genealogy records, and photographs. The collection includes the Union battle flag from the Civil War battle of Pilot Knob.
Jefferson Barracks was established in 1826 as the country’s first “Infantry School of Practice." It served as a major United States military installation until it was deactivated in June 1946. Named as a tribute to former President Thomas Jefferson, who died on the fourth of July in 1826, the post played an important role in westward expansion.
Jefferson Barracks served as a gathering point for troops and supplies bound for service in the Mexican War, Civil War, various Indian conflicts, Spanish-American War, Philippine War, and World Wars I and II. Jefferson Barracks also served as the first Army Air Corps basic training site. Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, Philip Sheridan, Stephen W. Kearny and William T. Sherman were a few of the famous Americans to serve at Jefferson Barracks.
In 1950, the federal government ceded the northern 420-acres of the post, including its oldest surviving buildings from the 1850s, to St. Louis County for use as Jefferson Barracks Park. In 1971, Jefferson Barracks Park, the adjacent active military base and several other adjoining land parcels were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Jefferson Barracks Park is open from 8 a.m. to ½ hour past sunset. The park museums are open noon-4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and are closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free but a donation is suggested. Note the Missouri Civil War Museum at Jefferson Barracks is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
This studio features the works of artist Andy Thomas.
The 1,100-foot-long Mississippi River Tales Mural, with interpretive signage, features 24 panels depicting scenes from Cape Girardeau's history and the town's connection with the Mississippi River.
Each panel covers the 15-foot height of the flood wall. The stone arches of each mural create the illusion of looking through the wall at the historically themed scenes.
This attraction has an audio tour, which you can access on your cell phone from the physical site, to give you the complete history.
Originally built as the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson, the Missouri History Museum looks at the history of St. Louis from its founding in 1764 up to the present day.
The Museum is located in beautiful Forest Park, on the site of the main entrance to the 1904 World’s Fair. The Jefferson Memorial Building section of the Museum was built entirely with proceeds from the Fair, and opened to the public on April 30, 1913. Suspended above visitors in the Museum’s Grand Hall is “The Spirit of St. Louis,” sister plane to Lindbergh’s, which was featured in the 1957 film of the same name starring Jimmy Stewart.
Visitors can discover the city’s baseball history from the Browns to the Cardinals, learn about life on the Mississippi River, marvel at the magnitude of the 1904 World’s Fair, and much more. Interactive galleries feature hands-on activities for children.
The Museum features a rotating schedule of special exhibitions throughout the year, some may require an admission fee. See website for details.
The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center houses the premier regional history collection documenting St. Louis, the state of Missouri, the Mississippi and Missouri Valleys, the Louisiana Purchase Territory and the American West. Staff can assist you with the library, archives and photographs, media, and objects collections. Materials must remain on premises; they are not available for checkout.
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.)
The Museum of Westward Expansion charts the entire history of the 19th century American West, from the Louisiana Purchase to the closing of the frontier in 1890, and preserves some of the rarest artifacts from the days of Lewis and Clark. Through our exhibits, you can explore the world of the American Indians and the 19th century pioneers who helped shape the history of the American West.
The museum highlights the people, places and events of the American west during the 1800s through an extensive collection of artifacts, mounted animal specimens, authentic Plains Indian tipi, and an overview of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Make a stop at one of the museum shops for a wide selection of books, videos, posters, and educational materials.
The Museum of Westward Expansion is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch and The Old Courthouse). It is located below ground, beneath the Gateway Arch.
Explore the region's history by viewing our exhibit galleries, attending programs, or researching your family history. This state-of-the-art facility houses more than 60 million pages of historical records dating to 1815. We have 10 public-access computers for research.
The facility has holdings of value for genealogy research, among them:
When the bridge was completed, in the summer of 1928, it was hailed as "The Gateway to the Ozarks." It provided an invaluable and vital link between Missouri and Illinois.
A small, restored portal of the old bridge is all that remains. At the overlook, there is a viewing scope that provides a commanding view of the Mississippi River.
There is access to the River Campus Trail, which provides a leisurely walkway along these historic grounds, bordering the river. Interpretive signage is scattered along the trail. A new bridge, The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, opened in December, 2003 to replace the bridge of 1928.
Located across the street from America's Center and the Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams. Centrally located in downtown St. Louis, just one block from the Washington Avenue District featuring unique dining, shopping and nightlife. This property offers 295 guest rooms and suites. This is a no-smoking hotel.
Cape Girardeau is Rush Limbaugh's hometown. A self-guided driving tour takes visitors past Rush's boyhood haunts, including, among other locations: the hospital where Rush was born; his childhood home; where he attended school; where he "cruised" Broadway (a traditional activity during Rush's high school days; the barber shop where he shined shoes; and the radio station where he began his career.
Maps available at the Convention and Visitor Bureau (address and phone above).
Located in the beautiful Arcadia Valley, among the highest mountains, streams, & waterfalls in Missouri. Overlooks the Fort Davidson battlefield; less than 15 minutes from three of Missouri's showcase State Parks: Elephant Rocks; Johnson's Shut-ins; and Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri's highest point).
Baylee-Jo's Restaurant on-site serves award-winning barbecue, steaks, seafood, and house-made sides.
Shepherd Mountain RV Park is located in the Arcadia Valley. Picnic benches overlooking Stouts Creek are provided. Sites have sewer, and water hook-ups.
The official destination marketing organization for St. Louis City and St. Louis County for visitors of all types. If you're planning a meeting, convention, group tour or leisure trip to St. Louis, we have all the information and resources you need.
Civil-War Sites in Southeast Missouri
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Following Grant's Footsteps
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Forest Park and Central West End
Take in the great free zoo attractions and the free Museum of Art in Forest Park before visiting fun restaurants in the Central West End.
Holiday Getaway - Southeast Missouri
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Kidding Around St. Louis Tour
Kids and kids at heart enjoy this family friendly trek around St. Louis.
St. Louis Arch-itecture Day One
Enjoy the sites and styles of architecture you find across one of Missouri's most historic cities.
St. Louis Worlds Fair
Experience Forest Park and other historic St. Louis locations related to the 1904 World's Fair.
Step Back in Time
The history of Cape Girardeau is on full display during this getaway.
The Civil War: Grant and Gray Ghosts
Explore Civil War sites with ties to the Ulysses S. Grant and Gray Ghost Trails.
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