Attend Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018 and Win A Custom Harley!

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018The 12th annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest is just around the corner with concerts, contests, motorcross, and a chance to win a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle! Ozarks Bikefest 2018 is September 12th through the 16th all around Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

There's always something fun to do or see on the shores of the "Missouri Dragon", Lake of the Ozarks. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming, boating and so much more. The man-made reservoir's natural beauty includes secluded woodlands, glades, and bluffs - yet is all just minutes away from shopping, dining, and more.

Further, a variety of popular events are held here throughout the year. One such popular annual event is just weeks away - Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest!

First, some clarity: Bikefest doesn't refer to the gentle, quiet, two-peddle velocipede type of bike; but rather big, loud, and fast motorcycles!

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest offers a host of rides, concerts, parties, contests, and other events all around the lake. More than 300 biker-friendly area bars and restaurants offer specials and other incentives during the 5 day, two-wheel celebration.

The biggest attraction beyond the fun of a biker get-together, however, are all the amazing rides around Lake of the Ozarks! Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country make their way there for its incredibly scenic rides which boast rolling hills, spectacular views, and natural beauty, making each ride a rejuvenating one.

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018 offers another big incentive to get out on the road: a free Harley!

Win A Custom Harley!

One of the most exciting aspects of this year's event is the chance to win a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle: a 2017 Harley-Davidson FXDL 103 Dyna Low Rider from Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson, to be exact!

To win, all you have to do is complete one or more of the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest Passport Rides. One or more completed passports is your raffle ticket chance to win. The bike will be awarded to one lucky biker via a random drawing on Sunday, September 16th at Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson.

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018

September 12th through the 16th
Learn more details at www.lakebikefest.com. You can also follow this event on Facebook.

Lake of The Ozarks Lodging
No matter where your Missouri adventures take you, you're going to need somewhere to call your home base. Luckily, there are locally owned Missouri inns and B&B's all across the state, offering the very best in Missouri lodging. Missouri B&B's offer uncommonly comfortable amenities, nutritious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Choose your Missouri accommodations now!

Don't Miss KC Irish Fest 2018 - Labor Day Weekend

KC Irish Fest 2018Come and celebrate Kansas City's proud Celtic heritage at KC Irish Fest 2018! Enjoy three full days of Irish music, dancing, comedy, and more. KC Irish Fest will be held August 31st to September 2nd, 2018 at the Crown Center in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City's deep Irish roots are the foundation for one of the nation's largest annual Irish festivals. KC Irish Fest attracts upwards of 90,000 people to the city every Labor Day weekend. If you've never experienced it, you're in for a real treat.

KC Irish Fest includes more than two dozen bands and dance groups performing both traditional and modern takes on Irish music. Irish Fest also includes a host of Irish comedians.

Beyond the entertainment, you'll also enjoy a variety of Irish heritage displays and workshops, shopping, Irish food, and more. There's even an outdoor Catholic Mass - the city’s largest - on Sunday morning.

Irish food and drink? You betcha. Vendors will be on hand selling all manner of items, including delicious food. KC Irish Fest also includes a Jameson Irish Whiskey Tasting Tent. Guests, 21 years and older, can enjoy a sampling of up to six different Irish or High Mark whiskeys. Each tasting includes a forty-five minute presentation by a Jameson Ambassador, followed by a 15 minute Q & A session. Tasting sessions are limited, however, so grab your ticket while you still can.

Kansas City Irish Fest also includes an Art in the Park showcase and genealogy experts to help you trace the lines of your Irish Family Tree. There's a whole kids area, too, and plenty to keep everyone in your group entertained.

Wishing you could visit Ireland first hand? Be sure to purchase some raffle tickets for a chance to win round trip airfare for two to Ireland!

KC Irish Fest 2018

August 31st to September 2nd, 2018
Learn more at the KC Irish Fest website. You can also follow the event on Facebook.

Northwest Missouri Lodging
Nothing tops off a Missouri getaway better than accommodations at a locally owned and operated Missouri B&B. We'll keep you snug and comfie with some of the best guestrooms around, then send you out on your way each day with a happy and full tummy. We're also happy to provide a local's point of view on things to do and see in the area - and what things to avoid. Priceless! Find your perfect Missouri accommodations now!

Come To The 2018 Washington Town and Country Fair!

Washington Town and Country Fair 2018Come to Washington, MO and celebrate at the 89th annual Washington Town and Country Fair, August 1st through the 5th, 2018!

The annual Washington Town and Country Fair is the second largest fair in Missouri. It's also considered to be one of the very best. This year's fair is no exception. There will be 9 concerts on the Pepsi Main Stage and 5 nights of intense excitement in the Radio Comm Motorsports Arena.

Washington Town and Country Fair features many of the classic, country fair attractions. There's a Fair Parade, Livestock Shows, Pie Eating Contests, and the crowning of the Fair Queen. The fair also includes a host of more modern exhibitions. Chainsaw Carving, Stadium Motocross, and a Farm Mechanics show.

It wouldn't be a fair without contests. The Washington Town and Country Fair features over 25 different ones! Come compete in - or just spectate at - the Pig Chase, the Turtle Race, Hot Wing Eating, Edible Bug Making Contest, and many others. It's contests galore!

This year's artists on the Pepsi Main Stage include Josh Wilson, Walker Hayes, Chris Knight, Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Whiskey Myers, Jake Owen, and Sawyer Brown! The Entertainment Tent won't be exactly dull, either, with the Texas Giants, Catfish Willie, Whiskey Dixon, ​Schmitts & Grins, and many others taking the stage.

Other attractions at the 2018 Washington Town and Country Fair include:

  • 23rd Annual Run-Walk - 5k and 10k, Kids' 200 Yard Dash, and the new Relay 'Round the Lake for teams of 3.
  • Canines in the Clouds Stunt Show
  • Glass Blowing Demonstrations
  • Agriland - interactive displays, games, a petting zoo, and contests
  • Bull & Bronc Riding
  • Freestyle American Bullfighting
  • Truck and Tractor Pulls
  • Livestock Auction
  • 4th Annual Wing-Ding
  • 6th Annual Brewfest
  • Family Fun Center - games, arts & crafts, and other interactive fun
  • Much, much more!

​2018 Washington Town and Country Fair

Visit the fair online at www.washmofair.com or follow it on Facebook.
The fair is held at the Washington City Park Fairgrounds off of Grand Avenue at 1261 Veterans Drive. You'll want to use 201 Grand Avenue, Washington, MO 63090 for your GPS, however.

Central Missouri Lodging
Missouri has lots of amazing fairs to attend. Not just fairs, either, but museums, galleries, shopping, parks, rivers, lakes, wonderful towns and cities,  and more! Another thing Missouri has a lot of are warm and welcoming B&B's. Missouri inns and bed and breakfasts are your answer to a good night's sleep, followed by a nutritious breakfast and plenty of hospitality and top-shelf amenities in between. So go ahead, the next time you're enjoying a Missouri getaway, give yourself the gift of supreme comfort and value with lodging at a Missouri B&B!

Get Out On The Water With Eminence, Missouri Float Trips!

Eminence Missouri float tripsLooking for a amazing way to get out and experience the great outdoors? Eminence, Missouri float trips on the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers are the answer!

The Jacks Fork and Current Rivers are located in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri’s largest National Park. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways was established in 1964 to protect 134 miles of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. These two clear, fast rivers are fed by natural springs; in fact, the area is known as Big Springs Country.

The Current River is the most spring-fed of all Ozark rivers, allowing it to be floated all year. River difficulty is measured by class, from I (easy) to IV (extraordinarily difficult). Most of the year, The Current River is very safe, rating a class I - occasionally a class II - with no rapids.

The Jacks Fork River is a tributary of the Current River. Jacks Fork
 is one of the wildest and most scenic Missouri Ozark streams. It is located in a valley so deep that it is practically a canyon. In fact, there are no bottomland fields along the first 25 floatable miles! The Jacks Fork River is rated as class I and II river, with many sections providing excellent fly fishing.

Missouri Float Trips in Eminence

Eminence, MO is often referred to as the canoe capital of the world, with many folks coming here for their Missouri float trips. Eminence, MO offers more than 120 miles of navigable waters just perfect to canoe, kayak, raft, tube, fish, swim, and generally enjoy.

The area is also home to a broad selection of outfitters offering canoe, kayak, raft, tube, and other Missouri float trips. They don't call it the canoe capital of the world for nothing!

As noted above, Missouri float trips can be enjoyed all year long in Eminence. The busiest months are June through August, of course. Plenty come for the fall colors, too though - best mid-October. May and June are the best fishing months.

Missouri Lodging
After a fun day on the water, you're going to be ready for a nice, full-night's rest. For the best comfort, quality, and value, book your stay at a locally owned and operated Missouri B&B!  Missouri Bed and Breakfasts are your source for personal service, an insider's knowledge of the area, and delicious, hearty breakfasts. Do yourself a favor and look us up the next time you're planning a Missouri getaway - you'll be glad you did!

Explore Missouri Highway 36 - VFW Memorial Highway

Missouri Highway 36Invention, innovation, history, Hollywood, heroes, and more: Missouri's Highway 36 may seem like just another long stretch of 4-lane highway ... but you'd be surprised.

U.S. Route 36, known as Route 8 from 1922-1926, runs east–west through six states, from Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado to Uhrichsville, Ohio. The highway is part of the Chicago–Kansas City Expressway and America's Appian Way, which stretches from coast to coast. 

In Missouri, Highway 36 cuts across the North end of the state, from Hannibal to Saint Joseph. Missouri Highway 36 is a four-lane highway across the entirety of Missouri and has been since 2010.

So far I've described just a long road. Big deal, right? Wrong.

Missouri Highway 36 is surrounded, from state line to state line, with history, scenery, and great attractions. When you see how many famous and influential people have gotten their starts along Missouri's stretch of Highway 36, you'll begin to get the picture.

VFW Memorial Highway

Missouri's stretch of Highway 36 is named the "VFW Memorial Highway" and appropriately so. Missourians hailing from along 36 have proudly served, including some notables. Both General Omar Bradley and General Sterling Price, who was Governor of Missouri from 1853 to 1857, were from Randolph County, MO. Laclede, MO boasts the General John “Black Jack” Pershing Boyhood Home Museum.

Fame and Innovation along Route 36

Both world famous author, Mark Twain and brash millionaire, Molly Brown of Titanic fame had their humble beginnings in Hannibal, MO. Both the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Museum and Molly Brown Birthplace Museum are here. Jesse James, on the other hand, met his end in Saint Joseph.

Walt Disney spent some of the formative years of his youth in Marceline, MO. How formative? Disney famously said "more things of importance happened to me in Marceline than have happened since.” Further, Disneyland's Main Street USA is based on memories from his youth, including Marceline! How nice to find the Walt Disney Hometown Museum here in Missouri!

James Cash Penney was born in 1875 in Hamilton, MO and went on to change the way we shop with set prices and many other standards that remain in place. Oh, and he started a little company that bears his name to this day, albeit in somewhat abbreviated form: JCPenney. You can visit the JC Penney Museum in Hamilton.

The Missouri Highway 36 corridor has been home to lots of great ideas. In fact, one of the most lauded inventions of all time came to light here in Chillicothe, MO: sliced bread. The first machine-sliced, commercial loaves were produced here in 1928, on a machine invented by Otto Rohwedder. Rock Port, MO is the first city in the country to be 100% wind-powered and The Pony Express got its start in Saint Joseph, MO. The Pony Express National Museum is located in Saint Joseph to this day.

Missouri Highway 36 Today

The Route 36 corridor is more than just a path to the past. It's also home to many active Amish communities and the Missouri Quilt Trail. Northern Missouri boasts many beautiful parks, lakes, hiking, biking, kayaking, and other outdoor recreation areas.

You'll find lots of locally owned cafes, bakeries, wineries, craft breweries and more all along Missouri Highway 36, too. There's lots of good Missouri lodging, too in the form of locally owned Missouri B&B's, both in the Northeast and the Northwest.

So go ahead, get out on Missouri's stretch of Highway 36 and discover all it has to offer!

Discover Southeast Missouri's Elephant Rocks State Park

Elephant Rocks State ParkElephant Rocks State Park, located in Southeast Missouri, is a unique geological formation, scenic landmark, and popular state park all rolled into one.

At first blush, it seems a bit of a stretch to imagine a cluster of giant, billion-year-old boulders are a train of elephants. From the right angle, however, the unique, red granite boulders really do take on the appearance of a pack of pachyderms.

The curious formation was created nearly 1.5 billion years ago when molten magma was pushed to the surface. When the magma cooled, it formed the reddish-pink “Missouri Red” granite. Erosion slowly took the hard edges off the stone, resulting in the large, rounded shapes we see today. This same process has created depressions or "tinajitas" in the stone, which collect temporary pools of water.

The boulders, perched atop an isolated rocky peak, first caught the attention of architects and developers in the 1800s. The area's granite bedrock polishes to a high shine and is ideal for construction. Consequently, Missouri's first granite quarry opened nearby in 1869.

Today, granite quarried from the site can be found around the country - from California to Massachusetts. St. Louis received the lion's share, however, with “Missouri Red” granite and other Graniteville stone found in buildings and streets throughout the city.

The "elephant" formation was left intact, however, and has continued to intrigue geologists, history buffs, and hikers.

Visitors to Elephant Rocks State Park will be fascinated by the names and comments that 19th century miners carved into the stone. Children (of all ages) absolutely love climbing and clambering in and around the rocks.

Elephant Rocks State Park offers opportunities for fishing, hiking, picnicking, and climbing. The ruins of an old railroad engine house from the area’s quarrying days can also be explored. Missouri's first state park trail designed for those with physical and visual handicaps, "The Braille Trail," is also in the park. The paved trail guides visitors through 7 of the park's 131 acres with signs written in Braille and regular text.

Come discover and explore Southeast Missouri's Elephant Rocks State Park!

Elephant Rocks State Park

MO-21, Ironton, MO 63650
Hours:
April - October, 8am to 8pm
November - March, 8am to 5pm
Visit mostateparks.com for more information.

Southeast Missouri Lodging
Planning a Missouri getaway? Great idea! There's something fun to see and do in every corner of the state - the middle, too! Lodging at a Missouri B&B will go a long way towards making your Missouri vacation the very best it can be. Missouri inns make the best homebase for all your explorations, no matter what form they may take: hiking, biking, sightseeing, wining, dining, business, and more. Find your Missouri home away from home today.

 

Experience Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival 2018

Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival 2018Come experience the 2018 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival! This 4-day musical celebration of the famed Ragtime composer includes both free and paid concerts, symposiums, and special events. The festival is scheduled for May 30th through June 2nd, 2018 in downtown Sedalia, Missouri.

Ragtime enthusiasts likely already know that Scott Joplin wrote his most famous composition - The Maple Leaf Rag - in Sedalia. Consequently, there could hardly be a more appropriate venue for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival.

The annual festival brings fans and performers to Sedalia from around the globe and this year is bound to be no exception. Music is the main focus, with a variety of free and ticketed concerts in and out of doors all festival-long. Internationally renowned musicians Richard Dowling, Bill Edwards, Jeff Barnhart, Evan Arntzen, Danny Coots, Marty Eggers, Matt Tolentino, Steve Pikal, Virginia Techenor, The Rhythmia, and many others are scheduled to perform.

Live concerts will celebrate music from the “Cradle of Ragtime," the Missouri Valley. Beyond Joplin, the festival will also highlight the works of James Scott, Brun Campbell, Charles Johnson, John William “Blind” Boone, and others.

There will be free concerts at both Gazebo Park and Stark Pavillion throughout the day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. After Hours at the Best Western will see professional and amateur musicians getting together to share music and laughs.

The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival is more than performances, however. Special events include a parade, a “Toast to Ragtime” bus tour, a series of Symposia, ‘live’ silent films, a Japanese Tea Ceremony, pub crawl, and tons more!

2018 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival Event Schedule

-May 30th-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Spotlight Concert with Martin Spitznagel at Liberty Center  - 7:30pm
After Hours at the Best Western - 10pm – 1am

-May 31st-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Performances at Gazebo Park - 9am to 3pm
Procession from Maple Leaf Park To Stark Pavilion - 9:30 am
Opening Ceremony & Performances at Stark Pavilion - 10am to 5pm
Ragtime University - TBA
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime 101 - 9am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime 102 ‐ 10am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime 103 ‐ 11am
Dance Lessons/Practice at Fox Theater - 1pm to 5pm
Cradle of Ragtime at Liberty Center - 2pm to 3:30pm
Donor Party (private) - 5pm – 6:30pm
Transitions in American Music: Thomas “Fats” Waller - 7pm to 9pm
After Hours at the Best Western - 10pm – 1am

-June 1st-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Performances at Gazebo Park - 9am to 3pm
Performances at Maple Leaf Park - 10am to 5pm
Symposia at Liberty Center: Scott Joplin Mysteries - 9am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Real Ragtime Stories - 10am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime Without Borders - 11am
A Toast To Ragtime Tour - 12:30pm to 2pm
Dance Lessons/Practice at Fox Theater - 12pm to 2pm
Ragtime Revelations - 2pm to 3:30pm
The Ragtime Dance at Cakewalk Hall - 4pm
Easy Winners: 176 Keys of Fury! - 7pm to 9 pm
Ragtime Ramble Pub Crawl in Downtown Sedalia - 9pm to Midnight

-June 2nd-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Ragtime Era Fashion Contest - 8:30am Registration; 9am start
Performances at Gazebo Park - 9am to 3pm
Performances at Maple Leaf Park - 10am to 5pm
Symposia at Liberty Center: Main Street Souvenirs ‐ 9am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Legends of Ragtime Panel - 10:30am
Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Fox Theater - 11am to noon
A Toast To Ragtime Tour - 12:30pm to 2pm
The Legacy of Scott Joplin - 2pm to 3:30pm
The Ragtime Music Hall - 7pm to 9:30pm
After Hours at the Best Western - 10pm – 1am

Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival

May 30 - June 2, 2018, downtown Sedalia, MO
Visit www.scottjoplin.org for tickets, direction, and more information.

Central Missouri Lodging
Missouri's a big state and, no matter where you are, there's lots to see and do. The same is true of Missouri bed and breakfast inns. No matter where your Missouri getaway takes you, you can rest assured that there's a locally owned and operated Missouri B&B somewhere nearby. Stay at a Missouri Inn for the kind of personalized service, value, and hospitality you simply can't get at a hotel or motel. Find your Missouri home away from home now!

Come Play For The Day At St. Louis City Museum!

stLouisCityMuseumIf you're really just a big kid disguised as an adult, or someone fascinated by the unusual, the St. Louis City Museum is for you! Its nooks, crannies, slides, caves, giant chains, and more - all created from locally reclaimed materials - are enough to bring out the kid in anyone!

The name of the St. Louis City Museum is rather misleading. The old shoe factory houses less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world.

A hodgepodge of seemingly random objects - a ferris wheel, a school bus, an old fighter jet - jut unexpectedly from its exterior. Inside is even zanier, with tunnels, caves, even a circus and a life-sized whale to walk through. The St. Louis City Museum has thousands of square feet of things to explore and many experienced visitors quite seriously suggest taking kneepads.

Yet this is NOT a children’s museum. In fact, children who visit must be accompanied by adults to enter!

The St. Louis City Museum, which opened in 1997, was the brain child of founder Bob Cassilly. Cassilly, who died in 2011, envisioned the City Museum as a space for his imagination's artistic creations. City Museum was built by Cassilly and a team of 20 artists, using locally salvaged materials.

Visitors are encouraged to play with, climb on and explore the museum's various exhibits. You'll find old chimneys, salvaged bridges, and a 10-story spiral slide that starts at the roof! The outside exhibit "MonstroCity" features a castle turret, a ball pit for adults, and two suspended jets!

The museum is one of St. Louis most popular attractions - and without advertising! More than 11 million visitors have walked through the doors since it opened and, yes: it can be crowded. There is often a line waiting to get in every morning. Folks wishing for a less busy visit should consider visiting on a weekday or after 5pm on weekends.

If you plan on visiting, tips include taking a flashlight, wearing closed shoes, and, as we said above: knee pads are suggested. Luckily, the City Museum gift shop has the latter for sale!

St. Louis City Museum is an active installation - an “ever-expanding collection of architectural relics” - so you never know what you'll find when you visit!

St. Louis City Museum

701 North 15th St., St. Louis, Missouri, 63103
Monday through Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday through Saturday: 9am to Midnight
Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Learn more by visiting www.citymuseum.org.

Northeast Missouri Lodging
Whether you're in Missouri on business or to get your knees dirty at St. Louis City Museum, you're gonna want somewhere comfortable to call home. When it comes to the best lodging in Northeast Missouri, look no farther than a locally owned and operated Missouri B&B. In fact, excellent lodging in the form of Missouri Inns and B&B's can be found all across our fair state. So go on, the next time you're in Missouri, treat yourself to the best lodging there is: book your stay at a Missouri Bed and Breakfast Inn!

Visit The Jesse James Home Museum!

Jesse James Home MuseumJesse James may have been laid to rest over 130 years ago but the legend of his exploits lives on. If you're a history buff, you'll definitely want to visit the Jesse James Home Museum in Saint Joseph, MO.

A lot of time has passed since Jesse James terrorized the midwest with his brother, Frank, and the other members of the James–Younger Gang. Despite this, his legend and name continues to retain fame. So much so, that the simple Missouri home he lived and was killed in has been turned into a museum.

The house, itself, is reasonably nondescript: a small, one-story, wood-frame home. You'd never pick it out from a group of others as interesting; until you found out it was the last home of Jesse James, that is!

Jesse James was a notorious outlaw, most known for his railroad and bank-robbing exploits that occurred after the Civil War. In 1881, hoping to settle down some, Jesse James bought a house for his family in Saint Joseph, MO. Though he used an assumed name and was seldom home, this couldn't protect him from the greed of his own former gang members.

On April 3, 1882, in response to a $10,000 reward for James’ capture, a former associate named Robert Ford ambushed the outlaw in his own home. According to legend, Jesse was shot in the head from behind as he stood on a chair to straighten a picture.

Now you can visit the home Jesse bought, lived, and died in. In fact, you can even see a hole in the wall where the bullet that killed him passed through. Before you get too excited about that, however it's best to warn you that, for many, many years, the hole went unprotected. Consequently, what was once a small, round bullet hole is now ragged and fist-sized. Don't let that discourage your visit, however!

Jesse James Home Museum contains a number of fascinating artifacts from Jesse James’ life and death. Visitors will see the famous outlaw's home, restored to how it looked when he lived here. Family portraits are on the walls, and even some of James' old guns. Artifacts from James' grave can be seen, too, including a casting of his skull, showing where the bullet went in.

The Jesse James house was moved from its original location at 1318 Lafayette Street to directly behind the Patee House Museum in the 1970s. Ironically, the Patee House served as the base of operations during the investigation of James' death. It was also where his family stayed directly after his murder.

More than that, the Patee House has its own fascinating history. It was here, in 1860, that three business men established the headquarters for the Pony Express. Then known as The World's Hotel, its luxuries served as the last bit of civilization for travelers headed into the wild western territories.

Jesse James Home Museum

Monday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm - Sundays 12pm to 4pm
Patee House Museum - 1202 Penn St., St. Joseph, MO 64503
Learn more with a visit to teh PAtee House Museum site online at: ponyexpressjessejames.com.

Northwest Missouri Lodging
Visiting Jesse James Home is a great idea - but you can't sleep there! If you're looking for the best in Missouri lodging, look no further than the many friendly Missouri Bed and Breakfasts! Missouri B&Bs offer the kind of personal service and deep-dish amenities you'll find nowhere else. Book your stay at a Missouri inn today!

SubTropolis - World’s Largest Underground Business Complex

SubTropolis Kansas City, MoDeep beneath Kansas City, carved out of a layer of 270-million-year-old limestone, there is another world. A busting, productive world some 100 or more feet underground. A sprawling, subterranean complex the size of 140 football fields. SubTropolis.

Almost all cities offer more than meets the eye but this is particularly true of Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City sits upon a particularly rich deposit of limestone that was mined over the years for building materials. Parking lots, malls, and miles and miles of freeways had their start here.

The limestone was easy to get at because access was horizontal, not vertical. Vast, openings were carved in the base of the bluffs above the Missouri River. Level, wide entries that both people and vehicles can easily enter, not deep shafts.

SubTropolis was mined using the room and pillar method. "Rooms" are dug out around 25-foot square "pillars" of limestone on 65-foot centers spaced 40 feet apart.

This space left behind - over 55,000,000 square feet of it - was dry and stayed a perpetual 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Using it as cold storage was a no-brainer. Converting for tenants? Genius. Concrete flooring, 17-foot high, smooth ceilings, and electricity transformed the space. SubTropolis was now brightly lit, with miles of wide, paved streets accessed at street level.

The first tenants moved in in the 1960's and the amount of leasable space continues to grow. Today, SubTropilis offers more than 6,000,000 square feet of leasable space. Another 8,000,000 square feet of space remain available for expansion.

In fact, because of SubTropolis, about 10 percent of Kansas City's commercial real estate is underground. More than 1,700 people work here - and that's not all. The world’s first and only underground paintball arena, Jaegers Subsurface Paintball, is here. There's also an exotic flower garden loaded with orchids, Bird's Botanicals.

Server Farms, retail production, food distribution, even a Wednesday flea market call SubTropolis home. Hollywood stores it's fragile film here. Ben Hur, Gone With The Wind, Looney Tunes, every episode of Seinfeld.

More SubTropolis Facts

  • more than 10,000 limestone pillars
  • 8.2 miles of roads
  • 2.1 miles of railroad track
  • More than 500 truck docks
  • Over 55 companies renting space
  • More than 1,600 parking spaces

SubTropolis

8300 NE Underground Dr, Kansas City, MO 64161
SubTropolis is located just 10 minutes from Kansas City’s central business district and 20 minutes from Kansas City International Airport. Learn more online at huntmidwest.com or Facebook.

Missouri Lodging One thing SubTropolis doesn't offer (at least not yet, anyway) is decent Kansas City accommodations. No matter where your Missouri getaway takes you, a warm and friendly Missouri B&B is somewhere nearby. Missouri Bed and Breakfasts are locally owned and operated, offering the kind of service and amenities you can find nowhere else. Book your stay at a Missouri inn today for the best in Missouri lodging!