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.

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Simon Bolivar Statue

Bolivar, the county seat, was laid out by William Jamieson in 1835

Bolivar, MO Arts

Old Fashioned Windmill

Located in the middle of Main Street where once a well served the community'

Blackwater, MO Pioneer Life

Fly by Nite Music Museum and Pro Shop

For the true music lover, an astonishing collection of guitars and other musical

Neosho, MO Museums

Harold Bell Wright, 1872 - 1944

Harold Bell Wright was born in Rome, NY in 1872

Pierce City, MO Famous People

First Presbyterian Church

When the First Presbyterian Church was completed in 1916, the congregation started the service that day in the old church located at 129 E. Church and walked to the new Church to end the service. The interior woodwork and 1916 San Francisco World'

Aurora, MO Historic Churches

Old Catholic Church

The Catholic Church was built in 1905 from bricks said to have come from Verona.

Aurora, MO Historic Churches

Mansfield Bank

The main portion of the Mansfield Bank building was built in 1917

Mansfield, MO Architecture

Main Street Music Theatre

Formerly the Route 66 Music Theatre, the Main Street Music Theatre features a Saturday night Branson-style musical variety show in the newly restored art nouveau movie house of the 1940

Webb City, MO Theatres

Stockton Lake Fishing

Stockton Lake is a fishing paradise. Small coves along the lakeshore provide hundreds of protected fishing spots. The lake, fed by clear streams, is populated with many different species of fish. With depths sometimes exceeding 100

, MO Fishing

The 3rd "Old Jail"

This imposing structure on the north side of the square was built at a cost of $16,000 in 1874 (two years before Custer's Last Stand)

Mt. Vernon, MO Pioneer Life