Posts Tagged ‘Missouri’

 
 

The Missouri, North America’s longest river, meanders from its headwaters in Montana and through the Dakotas, borders Nebraska and Kansas to the east, and Iowa and Missouri to the west, before crossing the “Show Me” State and joining the Mississippi just north of St. Louis.  Although it became an important commercial waterway as the U.S….

 

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Midwest on December 03, 2012

 
 

A unit of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge makes a wonderful tour stop for groups traveling in Nebraska. Only about five miles off of I-29, DeSoto is one of over 500 refuges protected and managed nationally. However, DeSoto is much more than just a place to view spectacular flights of…

 
 

Silver Dollar City’s greatest treasure may be lie 300 feet below its surface. Branson’s pre-eminent theme park is best known for its rides, entertainment and 100 artisans who demonstrate Ozark Mountain crafts for visitors. But the park got its start because of Marvel Cave, a limestone cave that was first discovered by Osage Indians around…

 

Branson Scenic Railway

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Midwest on April 18, 2012

 
 

One hundred years ago, Branson was a newly incorporated town growing around a stop in the White River Line railway that connected Arkansas and Missouri. Today, visitors can experience a taste of historic transportation — as well as the scenery of the unspoiled Ozark mountains — during a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway. When…

 

A Canyon Sanctuary

Posted by Brian Jewell in The Midwest on April 17, 2012

 
 

Branson may be known as the Music Show Capital of the World, but it also enjoys a wonderful natural setting in the Ozark Mountains. Visitors see two mountain lakes as they make their way around town; further away from the famous Highway 76, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a welcome respite for nature lovers. It…

 

Kauffman Center

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Midwest on December 27, 2011

 
 

September witnessed the opening of one of Missouri’s newest cultural and visitor attractions, the magnificent Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City. Many years in the planning, the Kauffman Center not only replaces antiquated and inadequate venues for the city’s three major performing arts organizations, but also does so in truly spectacular…

 
 
 

Artwork takes on a whole new hue when you get to talk to the people who are creating it. Today I visited St. Charles, a town in eastern Missouri known for it historic 1800s downtown and its association with Lewis and Clark’s expedition. There’s plenty of charm on the brick-lined streets, and many historic sites…

 
 

The story of Jesse James, which I knew little of before this trip through Missouri, just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Today I visited the Jesse James Wax Museum in Stanton, a small Missouri town not far from St. Louis. Official history indicates that Jesse James was killed in 1882 in a rented house in…

 
 

To many students of history, Jesse James is one of the most notorious villains ever to live in the United States, robbing banks and killing enemies all over the country for decades during the mid-1800s. But for a fair number of his contemporaries in western Missouri, James was a freedom fighter and folk hero. I…