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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Opera House (no longer standing)


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

Schoolhouse and Caboose

The one-room school house built in the early 1900s and the old Burlington Northern caboose remind the town of it's proud past.

Seneca, MO Historic Schoolhouses

Polk County Courthouse

The Polk County Courthouse, completed in 1907, dominates the square in the county seat of Bolivar. Both the county and the city were organized in 1835. The county covers 642 square miles and is home to about 27,000

Bolivar, MO Historic Courthouses

Longview & Blue Springs Lakes Fishing

A wide variety of fish and wildlife species may be found at the Little Blue River Project. The Missouri Department of Conversation has stocked the Lakes to supplement the existing fish population. The stocking program includes species such as largemouth bass, blue gill, channel cat, and walleye.

, MO Fishing

"it" starring the Hughes Brothers

See it...Hear it...Feel it...Love it! The "it" show features a cast of over 50 (and growing) delivering Incredible Harmonies, Entertaining Antics, Dynamic Dance, Soaring Instrumentals, Creative Production Numbers, and of course Brotherly Love, combine to make this one HUGE Show!

Branson, MO Music Shows

City Square Park

Mansfield's downtown City Square Park is the center of community events and outdoor enjoyment. An historic gazebo stands in the center of the park surrounded by shaded grass areas for picnics, visiting with neighbors, or just walking barefoot through the park!

Mansfield, MO Recreation

Lay Center Sculpture Park

A sculpture park featuring international and acclaimed American sculptors is located outside Louisiana. The project was started by Henry Lay, alumni of Saint Louis University, who wished to use his estate as a place to promote the arts in Northeast Missouri.

Louisiana, MO Art

Broken Gait Trail Rides

Broken Gait Trail Rides provide seasoned trail horses that you can lease or rent for a scenic horseback trail riding adventure through Central Missouri. We offer you the unique opportunity to experience Missouri's natural beauty in a most natural way — by horseback!

, MO Equestrian

Paradise Pointe Golf Complex

Located along the shores of the beautiful Smithville Lake is the 36-hole Paradise Pointe Golf Complex. Featuring two 18

Smithville, MO Golf Courses

Smithville Lake Fishing

More than 4,000 of the lake's 7,190 water surface acres were left uncleared to provide the aquatic habitat that should provide excellent fishing for many years. Hundreds of irregularly shaped coves will furnish over 175

, MO Fishing

Golf Courses

Bolivar Country Club is a nine hole golf course, located along Highway 32 West, is open to the public for daily green fees or membership.

Silo Ridge Country Club is a semi-private course with over 6,800

Bolivar, MO Golf Courses