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Chariton Valley Kansas City Osage Lakes Ozark Mountain Pony Express Kansas City Osage Lakes Ozark Mountain Pony Express Lake of the Ozarks Lake of the Ozarks Ozark Heritage Ozark Heritage MArk Twain Region Mark Twain Region St. Louis Region St. Louis Region River Heritage Region River Heritage Region The rivers arrived first, carving their priceless art into the Missouri landscape. They were our first trails, cutting a path for hundreds of explorers and thousands of settlers. The early pioneers branched out, forming their own trails, establishing towns along the way.

As you follow those first settlers through the Gateway to the West, you too will carve a path. One filled with memories from an adventure second to none. Branch out, like the pioneers did, covering the trails that launched thousands of prairie schooners.

Along the way, experience Missouri's natural beauty and neighborliness, with a lifetime of navigable rivers. Just ask the ghosts of Lewis and Clark, who started - and ended - their 1804 Corps of Discovery in St. Charles. Carve your own path of discovery along Missouri's rivers. Blaze your own trails and write your own journals.

All across the state, you'll find plenty of opportunities to take home Missouri memories. Our shops are like our rivers. No two are the same. Each offers something new. So take off antiquing through Missouri's rich history. Browse through hundreds of shops at two of the world's largest railroad stations turned into shoppers' paradise, they're the state's biggest bookends, both named Union Station - one in Kansas City, one in St. Louis. From either spot, you can do more than read about Missouri's past, you can jump right in.

Explore Missouri

Harry S. Truman Dam and Reservoir Visitors Center

Truman Reservoir in truly a water sports paradise. This tree studded lake is a haven for some of the best fishing in the country. With 55,000 surface acres, there is plenty of open water for your boating and skiing pleasure and beautiful sandy beaches to enjoy the summer sun! The Visitor'

Warsaw, MO Visitors Centers

Opera House (no longer standing)

THIS BUILDING WAS DEMOLISHED AFTER SUSTAINING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE IN THE MAY 4, 2003, TORNADO.

The Raupp Opera House was completed in 1886 and occupied the full third floor of the Opera Building on Commercial;

Pierce City, MO Opera Houses

Windsor Harbor Road Bridge

Built in 1874 this bridge which spans Rock Creek and is now on the National Register

Kimmswick, MO Historic Bridges

SMSU-Mountain Grove

SMSU-Mountain Grove is a 190-acre campus; home to the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station, the Midwest Viticulture and Enology Center, and the Department of Fruit Science. Established in Mountain Grove around the turn of the century,

Mountain Grove, MO Learning Centers

Railroad Historical Museum INC.

The Railroad Historical Museum features a Frisco 4524 Steam locomotive and tender, Burlington Baggage Car, Chicago Northwestern Commuter Car and Burlington Northern Caboose with hundreds of artifacts from the St.Louis San Francisco RR and other railroads.

Springfield, MO Museums

Pomme de Terre Campgrounds

Ten campgrounds are conveniently located around Pomme de Terre Lake. Six are managed by the Corps of Engineers (

, MO Camping


Theron Bennett Home

Theron Bennett, nationally known ragtime composer, lived in Pierce City until returning from college 1902 when he left to begin a career where his unseen future would become the past that we can now recall as his successful contribution to the music world.

Pierce City, MO Famous Homes


Auto World Car Museum

More than 100 years of automobile history is on display: Studebakers; a Ford Quadracycle; a 1903 English Hummerette and much more. We have solar-powered cars developed at the University of Missouri. In addition, the museum has arrowheads, china doll heads (400 or more)

Fulton, MO Museums

Harry S. Truman Courtroom and Office

Restored office courtroom used by Truman while gresiding judge of county court in 1930s. Sound and light show, "The Man from Independence," on Truman'

Independence, MO Museums

Princess Theatre

The Princess, our walk-in theatre, has all the old time charm of days gone by and seating for 600

Aurora, MO Theatres