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Boone County History Museum – Celebrating 200 Years

There are some names that stand out in American history. Just the mention of them will elicit images of the era in which they lived. This is certainly the case with past presidents, like Washington or Lincoln. It also applies to some other historic figures like Daniel Boone. Just the mere mentioning of his name makes us think of a rugged pioneer in a coonskin cap. His fame was so widespread that there are many towns, counties, and regions that bear his name. In the heart of Missouri, you will find Boone County History Museum, which looked like a good place to learn [...]

By |2021-01-19T07:23:35-06:00January 19th, 2021|Midwest, Missouri|2 Comments

Where Twain Meets – Hannibal, Missouri

The river town of Hannibal, Missouri rests along the banks of the "Mighty Mississippi". Growing up in such a world, during the mid-1800s, would have surely presented an adventurous world to any boy. This was certainly the case for Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who would seal his fame with the pen name of Mark Twain. Born the sixth of seven children, Samuel would lose three siblings at an early age. His parents uprooted their family to move to Hannibal when Samuel was four-years-old. This new wonderland would serve as the backdrop for many of his stories and characters and end up being where Twain [...]

By |2021-01-12T04:55:05-06:00January 12th, 2021|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

River Town Tastes – Hannibal, Missouri Eats

For many, us included, you cannot get the real flavor of a destination without including visits to some of the local restaurants. Hannibal, Missouri has a distinct connection with the "Mighty Mississippi", so we certainly wanted to experience the river town tastes that can be found there. Obviously, we would want some variety  and knew that we would be dedicating our time to the downtown section of town. It is worth noting that our visit to Hannibal allowed us plenty of sights and tastes all within walking distance of their historic district. Mark Twain Dinette Driving into Hannibal from the north, one of [...]

By |2020-12-28T08:06:23-06:00January 5th, 2021|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments

Hidden History – Hannibal Legends

Hannibal, Missouri is known far and wide for its connection to Samuel Clemens. Many of you know him best by his pen name of Mark Twain. His stories reflect the life and struggles of growing up in a river town in the mid-1800s. While many of his tales are based on moments and memories from his life, there are hidden history stories that are less well known. During our visit, we had the fortune to hear some of these stories and walk the sites where they may have occurred. This experience helped us feel like we were drawn into one of Twain's tales. [...]

By |2020-12-16T17:49:42-06:00December 29th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

Drawing From Life – Becky Thatcher

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an American classic that has been cherished by readers for generations. From its first publication, in 1876, this adventure into childhood has captured the imagination of Mark Twain fans. As we had already discovered, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) was a master of drawing from life, when creating his memorable characters. Tom Sawyer was one of his greatest accomplishments, as it appealed to a broad base of readers. While the youth find the exciting adventures captivating, adult readers will have moments of nostalgia for the days of their own youth. This particular tale brings to life Becky [...]

By |2020-12-22T07:32:32-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|6 Comments

Tied To The Road – Karlock’s Kars

The cars we drive say a lot about us, and it is interesting to see how they have changed over the generations. We are sure the early automobile builders never imagined how much cars would change over time. Each new model seems to bring breakthroughs in comfort, style, and luxury. Of course, there are many who yearn for the autos of yesteryear, which brings a bit of nostalgia with them. During a visit to Hannibal, we stopped by Karlock's Kars to get a peek at some classics from days gone by. What we found was more than just a garage filled with automobiles, [...]

By |2020-12-15T07:16:28-06:00December 15th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments

Triumph Over Oppression – Huck Finn Freedom Center

The mere mention of the town of Hannibal, Missouri evokes images of Mark Twain. It seems his iconic identity goes hand-in-hand with this river town. Most of us have grown up on the literary works of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who penned the books we read in school. The characters he created kept us entertained with their riveting adventures. Many of the people in his books were fashioned from citizens he had known during his youth. One that stands out from the rest is Jim, the African-American slave of Miss Watson, who is a character in the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". During our Hannibal [...]

By |2020-12-08T04:41:18-06:00December 8th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|12 Comments

Take To The Skies – Nicholas Beazley Aviation Museum

The year is 1921 and the world is coming out of World War 1. America was coming out of these troubled times with a renewed vigor. With the prospects of the world looking up, people began looking for new ways to expand their horizons. The war had shown people how aviation was the transportation avenue of the future. As people chose to take to the skies, a need for planes and flying lessons became key. Back home in Marshall, Missouri, a small airplane company was founded. We dropped by the Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum to learn more about this unique venture. Humble Beginnings This [...]

By |2020-12-01T04:39:42-06:00December 1st, 2020|Marshall, Midwest, Missouri|14 Comments

The Wonder Dog Of Marshall

It goes without saying that we love learning about animals. Our world is filled with fascinating creatures that leave us in awe and remind us that we are just one piece of a massive ecological puzzle. Whether it's unusual species or just an unbelievable specimen, there is a ton of education that comes with each story. Many of our trips have landed us in destinations with amazing zoological parks, but we also find satisfaction in other types of animal stories. When we heard that The Wonder Dog of Marshall was just a short drive from Kansas City, you know we had to add [...]

By |2020-11-24T07:19:03-06:00November 24th, 2020|Marshall, Midwest, Missouri|2 Comments

A Man Of Many Names – Who Was Mark Twain?

Who was Samuel Langhorne Clemens? It has been noted that he was one of the greatest American humorists. Of course, there are many who upon hearing that name, are left with a puzzled gaze. When the name Mark Twain is mentioned, then they immediately picture the white suit and gray haired author. Still others, who have done a deeper dive into the writer's work, see the tie between this Missouri native and the character of Tom Sawyer. Clearly, Clemens was a man of many names. We want to thank the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum for hosting our visit. Rest assured all [...]

By |2020-09-15T06:26:12-06:00September 15th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|10 Comments
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