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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

Bushwhackers Turned Bank Robbers – A Delicious Story

The Civil War is known for pitting brother against brother. Some parts of the country saw the fighting continue long after the surrender of the south. Missouri had chosen to be a neutral state, which neither seceded nor supported the Union. This did not mean it remained in a state of peace. Far from it, as the atrocities of war were metered out on pro-Union and pro-Confederate groups alike. Some people, like Jesse and Frank James, chose to take up arms and ride with William Quantrill's Raiders, who had sacked Lawrence, Kansas. After the war, these bushwhackers turned bank robbers continued on the [...]

By |2020-09-14T19:39:47-06:00September 11th, 2020|Lexington, Midwest, Missouri|16 Comments

Hemp Bales And Bluffs – Battle Of Lexington, Missouri

Smoke hung heavy around the Oliver Anderson home. Bullet holes pockmarked the brick walls of the house. This early battle of the Civil War had been sparked by the seizure of money by Federal troops. Now they found themselves outnumbered and in short supply of a most important resource.  The battle was entering its third day and victory was in sight for the Confederate troops. Our visit to the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site would lay out the details of this three-day battle in Lexington, Missouri. Here we would learn how hemp bales and bluffs ended up securing a victory for the [...]

By |2020-09-04T05:59:39-06:00September 4th, 2020|Lexington, Midwest, Missouri|10 Comments

Day-tripping In Boonville, Missouri

Located in the heart of the state of Missouri, you will find the city of Boonville. While many pass by the exit along I-70, we went day-tripping in Boonville to learn more of the city's historical significance. Transportation has seemed to have played a huge role in this Midwest destination, even before it was founded. Lying along the Missouri River, the region was home to native Indian tribes for thousands of years. They were the first to understand the value of the nearby salt licks. Lewis and Clark passed through the area in 1805, as they explored the lands of the Louisiana Purchase. [...]

By |2020-08-14T06:08:56-06:00August 14th, 2020|Boonville, Guides, Midwest, Missouri|10 Comments

Mitchell Car Museum – Coloring The Past

When we think about travel at the turn of the 19th Century, everything seemed so black and white. Much of that is because color photography had not yet been invented. Of course, from visiting museums, we also realize that many of the automobiles of the day were produced in one color. Until our visit to the Mitchell Car Museum, we didn't know there were so many wonderful colors to choose from in those days. Our trip to Boonville, Missouri offered us a chance to see some of these beautiful machines up close. An Early Start You have to head back to the early [...]

By |2020-07-28T05:58:36-06:00July 28th, 2020|Boonville, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments

History Lessons In Arrow Rock, Missouri

How many times have you overlooked a small town, because you didn't think it had much to see? If we are being honest, this happens too often, because we have been programmed to believe this. Creating our travel blog has opened our eyes and minds to the wonderful collection of artifacts found in villages and towns across North America. One of our day trips provided history lessons about the Village of Arrow Rock, Missouri. This town of about 55 residents has seen a lot of changes since the first trading post was erected in 1814. A Thorough History Lesson Our first stop was [...]

By |2020-07-24T06:14:26-06:00July 24th, 2020|Arrow Rock, Guides, Midwest, Missouri|16 Comments

River, Rails, and Trails Museum – Travel Around Boonville

Boonville, Missouri rests along the Missouri River, just about 100 miles east of Kansas City. For thousands of years, Native Indians were the sole inhabitants of the region. It was not until the 1600s that the first European explorers would travel to the heart of the continent. A pair of Daniel Boone's sons would uncover a nearby salt lick, and that would signal the start of a town. Named for their father, Boonville became an important point for pioneers jumping off on the Santa Fe Trail. We dropped in the River, Rails, and Trails Museum to learn more about travel around Boonville. Charting [...]

By |2020-07-21T18:11:07-06:00July 21st, 2020|Boonville, Midwest, Missouri|2 Comments

Let Us Not Forget – African-American Experience Museum

It is vital that we examine our history, to let us not forget the lessons that we wish not to repeat. During our visit to Arrow Rock, we had a chance to examine a more sinister side of Missouri history. Growing up in Kansas City, we were taught about the Border War between Kansas and Missouri. The underlying issue between this escalation was slavery. By the time that Missouri was admitted into the Union as a slave state, many of the plantation ideals had already been brought into the region from the south. This included the use of slave labor to perform manual [...]

By |2020-07-14T06:11:40-06:00July 14th, 2020|Arrow Rock, Midwest, Missouri|10 Comments

Sandwiches, Shakes, And Shade – Catalpa Restaurant

Who else looks forward to sampling the flavors of a new destination? For us, one of the best parts of travel is the new tastes we encounter. As foodies, each dish holds unique possibilities no matter how many versions we have savored. A day trip to Arrow Rock, Missouri offered a chance to enjoy a midday meal at Catalpa Restaurant. Even the partial lockdown due to the corona-virus couldn't stop our chance to take in some sandwiches, shakes, and shade. Cozy Comfort While this village has a couple of dining options, we discovered that J. Huston tavern was closed due to a recent [...]

By |2020-06-24T04:16:54-06:00July 7th, 2020|Arrow Rock, Midwest, Missouri|3 Comments

Stopping The Spread – Sappington Museum

It has been said that history tends to repeat itself. During a visit to Arrow Rock, Missouri, we stumbled upon a small museum dedicated to the life of Dr. John Sappington. His name was unfamiliar to us, but as we explored the space, we soon realized the important role he played in history. This little known pioneer doctor would be key in stopping the spread of malaria across the new western frontier. Our visit took place during the midst of the Covid pandemic, which finds us hoping that another great mind will unlock the key to stopping the spread of this current plague. [...]

By |2020-06-24T04:23:33-06:00June 30th, 2020|Arrow Rock, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments
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