Missouri

Glore Psychiatric Museum – Facing The Past

There are some subjects that people tend to shy away from during conversation. Mental illness is one that can leave people feeling uncomfortable. During one of our outings, we stopped by the St. Joseph Museum Complex to learn more about the history of treating mental disorders. What we discovered inside reminded us that those struggling with unbalanced minds were often treated harshly. The Glore Psychiatric Museum is housed in part of the actual hospital and it feels like it as we wandered through the exhibits. It is the biggest of the six museums that are housed in the complex. Join us on this [...]

By |2022-06-17T06:40:45-06:00June 17th, 2022|Midwest, Missouri, St. Joseph|0 Comments

Fantastic Finger Foods – Felix Street Gourmet

It seems that every destination holds at least one surprise for us. Our return visit to St. Joseph gave us a chance to not only update some previous articles but also add a new eatery. Since we love focusing on downtown areas, we headed to Seventh and Felix to see what we could find. The area is a blend of commercial businesses, boutique shops, and an assortment of public art. After taking in a few of these features, we were ready to nosh on some fantastic finger foods. Sitting on the corner of Eighth and Felix, we found our destination, Felix Street Gourmet. [...]

By |2022-05-27T05:33:27-06:00May 27th, 2022|Midwest, Missouri, St. Joseph|2 Comments

Pony Express Museum – Riding Into History

In only 19 months, the Pony Express made a lasting impact on American history. Just the mere mention of this unique enterprise stirs images of racing ponies carrying wiry cowboys across the changing landscape. Facing pitfalls and hazards, along the way, many of these young men would etch their names in the history books. We dropped by the Pony Express Museum, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to dive into the stories behind these unlikely champions of mail delivery. We want to thank the Pony Express Museum for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are our own.  Calling Young Riders The California Gold Rush [...]

By |2022-05-09T07:46:35-06:00May 6th, 2022|Midwest, Missouri, St. Joseph|0 Comments

Changing Times – Precious Moments

Back in 1982, we began our family with the birth of our daughter. By that time, the Precious Moments figurine craze was growing. The bulb-eyed figurines were flying off the shelves as fast as they could be restocked. Artist and creator Sam Butcher was preparing to launch on a journey to find a home for the pinnacle of his dream. During a stay in Joplin, Missouri, he felt the call to build in the heart of the country. Nearby Carthage would become the home of the Precious Moments Chapel, which would draw in millions of fans. These days, the changing times have caused [...]

Reviving Nostalgia Along The Mother Road – Iggy’s Diner

Cruising the path of the old Route 66 led us through the heart of Carthage, Missouri. As we pass the normal mix of fast-food restaurants and corporate businesses, we spot a gleaming silver shape ahead. Positioned on a frontage space, which has since been converted to a traffic circle, we spot Iggy's Diner. The stainless steel shell screams "retro" with flashbacks of 50s malt shops dancing through our heads. Even on an overcast day, the appearance of this iconic stop excites us. Here we were confident to find that they were reviving nostalgia along the Mother Road. Diner History Diners have been around [...]

War Out West – Battle of Carthage Museum

Conflict along the Missouri state line had been occurring throughout the second half of the 1850s. Far away in the East, the political battles were raging. After John Brown's unsuccessful raid on Harper's Ferry, some believed that signaled the end to the threat from the west. Little would anyone expect that the first significant land battle would be pitted in the Missouri arena. One day after our nation celebrated the anniversary of its independence, the north and south clashed at the Battle of Carthage. As the eastern portion of the nation prepared for battle, the war out west was already heating up. We [...]

A Sizeable Footprint – Watkins Mill

Can you imagine life in the early 1800s? With the need to furnish a vast array of your everyday goods, a homestead would need a sizeable footprint. When Waltus Watkins (say that three times fast) brought his bride to live in Liberty, Missouri, he set himself on a path that would change their lives. Watkins, who had trained as a weaver and machinist, was already a successful businessman in the area. His desire to be near the frontier had brought him to western Missouri where he had built a wool carding mill. With his family growing, it was time to think bigger. Watkins [...]

By |2021-04-21T03:44:40-06:00April 23rd, 2021|Kearney Missouri|12 Comments

Kearney Coffee Break – Paisley Perk

We are so hopeful that 2021 will see a return of travel that we decided to start our season with some day trips. It's fun planning and executing a one-day run that lands us in new territory. Kansas City is the perfect home base for a multitude of day trip options. An hour north of the city and we found ourselves in Kearney, Missouri. With a little time before our first official stop, we decided that some sustenance would be wise. Driving into the downtown, we spotted Paisley Perk, which would supply us a much-needed Kearney coffee break. In Short Order We loved [...]

By |2021-04-16T12:08:01-06:00April 16th, 2021|Kearney Missouri|2 Comments

Step Into History – Jesse James Farm

When you step into history, it can lead to just as many questions as it does answers. During a recent discussion, we pondered why people are so fascinated with the notorious desperados who grab the headlines. From gangsters to bandits, there is something fascinating about their stories. A trip to the outskirts of Kearney, Missouri landed us at The Jesse James Birthplace and Museum. Nestled in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri, this tranquil spot was home to one of the most notorious bandits in America. We've all heard of the escapades of this outlaw, but we were interested in what turned him [...]

By |2021-04-16T12:07:36-06:00April 9th, 2021|Kearney Missouri|0 Comments

Route 66 Museum – Lebanon, Missouri

Few highways have captured the American spirit like Route 66. This nostalgic thoroughfare has been dubbed "The Mother Road" and "Main Street of America". With 2,448 miles of open road, it led travelers from Chicago to Los Angeles. Along the way, drivers would find iconic stops to satisfy just about every need. This famous path has become immortalized in movies, books, and a number of memorials. Just about every city and town along the way has looked for a way to embrace its drawing power. For those carving out the road in sections, you will likely find at least one Route 66 museum [...]

By |2022-10-06T13:24:29-06:00March 9th, 2021|Midwest, Missouri, Route 66, Route 66 Missouri, South|8 Comments
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