Explore the Boone’s Lick Region

See Photo Location

The history of the Boone’s Lick region dates to the early 1800s, when Daniel and Nathan Boone, sons of frontiersman Daniel Boone, processed salt from what’s called the Boone’s Lick Spring. Other prominent figures from the area include artist George Caleb Bingham and secesionist governor Claiborne Fox Jackson. This section of the Boone’s Lick focuses on Boonville, Blackwater, Arrrow Rock and Marshall.


A. Old Cooper County Jail and Hanging Barn

This jail, built circa 1846, operated until 1978. Outlaw Frank James was among those who spent time inside its walls. Included in this tour is the Hanging Barn; Missouri's last public hanging took place there in 1930.

B. Bucksnort Trading Company on the Santa Fe Trail

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.

The village of Arrow Rock is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


A. Jim the Wonder Dog Park

One of the most unique figures in Missouri history, Jim the Wonder Dog, had the ability to predict future events, understand Morse code and understand foreign languages and tell colors apart. The park contains a statue of Jim and background information, plus a water garden.

B. Comfort Inn – Marshall Station

Overnight here and gear up for day two of exploring the Boone's Lick region. Relax with a swim in the indoor pool and ready for the next day with a free breakfast.

C. J. Huston Tavern Restaurant at Arrow Rock State Historic Site

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.


A. Arrow Rock State Historic Site

Learn more about the history of Arrow Rock, a Santa Fe Trail city that was home to people such as famed Civil War artist George Caleb Bingham, whose home is part of the historic site.

B. Marshall Civil War Driving Tour

Union troops were stationed in Marshall throughout the Civil War and Confederate forces twice raided the city, which was the scene of the October 1863 Battle of Marshall. Tour sites include the courthouse, a cemetery and an execution site.

C. Boone’s Lick State Historic Site

See the spring from which Daniel and Nathan Boone, sons of famous frontiersman Daniel Boone, processed salt, which helped establish the area as a vital region for commerce. The Visitor Center at Arrow Rock State Historic Site has information about this site.