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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

Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

A turn-of-the-century "Castle on the Hill." Bothwell Lodge represents early 20th-century living and arts and crafts architecture. This castlelike building was constructed between 1897 and 1928 for a prominent Sedalia lawyer, John Homer Bothwell.

Sedalia, MO Famous Homes

Wilder Family Gravesites

Almanzo, Laura and Rose are buried in the Mansfield Cemetery. The Wilder family's gravesites are marked for ease in locating them. Many visitors each year, visit the gravesites and leave flowers in Laura'

Mansfield, MO Cemeteries

Table Rock Fishing

While the lake boasts an abundance of bass, crappie, white bass, catfish, and bluegill, Table Rock is acclaimed as one of the best bass fishing lakes in this hemisphere. It�

, MO Fishing

Northward Museum / Polk County Historical Society

The North Ward Museum is housed in the North Ward Elementary School built in 1903 which was purchased by a local family and donated to the Historical Society of Polk County. Hundreds of objects and documents touching on area history are on display and stored in the Museum'

Bolivar, MO Museums

George A. Spiva Center for the Arts

Spiva maintains a Regional Focus Gallery for the work of local and regional artists. Featured here are pottery by Jack and LeeAnn Sours of Golden City, Missouri.

Joplin, MO Arts

Southwest Missouri Electric Railroad

A.H. Rogers built a mule-drawn streetcar line from Webb City to Carterville in 1889, predeccessor of the South West Missouri Electric Railway. Established in 1893, it was expanded in the 1900s to a vast interurban system.

Webb City, MO Railroad History

Harold Bell Wright

Many know that Harold Bell Wright's, "Shepherd of the Hills" was the most widely read book of fiction in the history of publishing! Few know, however, that many of the places, events, and characters are based on actual models. There really was an "old shepherd of Mutton Hollow,&

Mt. Vernon, MO Famous People

Longwell Museum

Established in 1970 as a teaching museum, the Longwell Museum, houses artifacts and many of Thomas Hart Benton's original lithographs, as well as, the famed Daisy Cook Collection. The Longwell exhibits are made complete by the works of many other regional artists.

Neosho, 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

Longview & Blue Springs Lakes Recreation

Longview Lake provides a variety of facilities, including a public swimming beach, picnic shelters, ball fields, boat ramps, a nature trail, a bike trail, a 118 unit campground with eletrical hookups and shower facility. Jackson County has developed a 27

, MO Camping

Lake of the Ozarks Fishing

Although Lake of the Ozarks offers some of the Midwest's finest recreational and sight-seeing opportunities above the water, it's what's underneath that counts. And it counts big.

, MO Fishing

1886 Firehouse

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the old City Hall and Firehouse was built in 1886 and houses two vintage fire trucks from overseas. This building is privately owned.

Pierce City, MO Historic Buildings