KC RiverFest 2019 - Independence Day on the Berkley Riverfront

KC RiverFest 2019Looking for a fun and fabulous way to spend your Fourth of July? Experience Northwest Missouri's premiere Independence Day celebration at KC RiverFest 2019! Wednesday, July 4th, 3pm to 10pm on the Berkley Riverfront.

KC RiverFest is not only a great way to celebrate the Fourth, it's a Kansas City tradition. If you're in the area and don't attend, well, we hope you have a good excuse because you are most definitely missing out!

The festival is not only notoriously inexpensive (tickets are only $5 and kids under 12 are FREE) it's also endlessly entertaining!

Three stages of live music, food trucks, a craft fair, and more - plus it's held at the beautiful Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park. The Berkley Riverfront is the perfect location to witness an awe-inspiring 4th of July Fireworks extravaganza.

4th of July Fireworks & Much More

Kansas City RiverFest definitely has a fireworks show worth watching - but that's hardly the extent of the festival.

Along with the pyrotechnics, you'll also be treated to a flyover by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels! That's not the only airborne derring-do of the day, either. Attendees will also enjoy the aeronautic antics of the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team.

Looking for some distractions that are a little more down to earth?

RiverFest also includes a Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair pop-up market, a Cornhole Tournament, and street performers.

KC RiverFest 2019 Lineup

Speaking of performers, the lineup for this year's entertainment features DJ Joe and his KC Riverfest Dance Party Jukebox. Strolling entertainment will be provided by the amazing Jason D'Vaude. Todd Lamanske will amaze you with his magic show.

Boom KC Main Stage
4:25pm Jake Wells
5:55pm On The One
7:25pm The Zeros
8:55pm Marcus Lewis Brass & Boujee

Friends of the River KC Stage
3:30pm Eems
4:30pm Barnaby Bright
5:30pm Deshtet
6:30pm Rachel Mallin
7:30pm Jessica Paige

Food and Drink

You certainly won't go hungry at KC RiverFest 2019!

KC’s best food trucks will be on hand and offering everything from hot and sticky bb-q to cool and refreshing ice-cream. Beverages will include local brews and crafts on tap, as well as non-alcoholic offerings like fresh squeezed lemonade, iced-tea, soda varieties, and bottled water.

Don't miss out!

KC RiverFest 2019

July 4 - 3pm to 10pm
Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park
110 Berkley Plaza, Kansas City, MO 64120

Learn more at the RiverFest website. You can also follow the event on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Onondaga Cave State Park - Two Caves, Hiking, and More

Onondaga Cave State ParkOnondaga Cave State Park is a Missouri state park on the Meramec River. The park includes opportunities for hiking fishing, swimming, and touring not one but two natural caves!

Charles Christopher discovered Onondaga Cave in 1886 while inspecting the outlet of Onondaga Spring. He realized that a cavern must lay just beyond its flow.

Eager to explore his find, Christopher collected two friends and a boat. Working their way through the narrow opening, they discovered a hidden world of wonder. Weird shapes loomed up out of the darkness. Towering stalagmites, fang-like stalactites, convoluted flowstone, and many other subterranean formations.

Onondaga Cave is one of Missouri’s most spectacular caves, with 1.5 miles of formation-filled passages and caverns. Some of the more amazing attractions are the Twins, the King’s Canopy, Rock of Ages, the Big Room, and the Lily Pad Room.

Onondaga Cave Tours

Onondaga Cave almost became an onyx mine. Luckily for us, tourism proved the better option. Access to the caverns was improved over the years  and electricity was added for illumination.

Tours of Onondaga Cave are just under a mile in length and take about an hour and 15 minutes. Visitors follow along on a paved walkway with a railing and lights to help illuminate your way. The cave stays a constant is 57ºF (13ºC) all year 'round, so dress accordingly.

More Than One Cave?

Cavers will be amazed to learn that Onondaga Cave isn't the only cave in the park. Stunning and famous Cathedral Cave is located in the park, too!

Big holes in the ground aren't the only reason to visit Onondaga Cave State Park. But you'll have to come back up to the surface to see the rest.

Onondaga Cave State Park

9136, 7556 Hwy H, Leasburg, MO 65535

Onondaga Cave State Park includes access to the Meramec River for canoeing, swimming, and fishing. Visit the top of Vilander Bluff Natural Area for stunning, panoramic views of the Meramec River Valley. Picnic areas, camping, and more than six miles of hiking trails round out the park's offerings.

Visit mostateparks.com to learn more about Onondaga Cave State Park.

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Missouri Botanical Garden - Life in All Its Rich Variety

Missouri Botanical GardenMissouri Botanical Garden (MBG), in St. Louis, is the oldest - and second largest - botanical garden in the country!

Shaw's Garden, as Missouri Botanical Garden is informally known, was founded in 1859 by philanthropist Henry Shaw. The acclaimed arboretum has 79 acres of formal, international, and demonstration garden. The holdings also include a variety of conservatories, notable plant collections, and Victorian-era buildings.

Life in All Its Rich Variety

Missouri Botanical Garden is home to a vast array of live plant collections and gardens: more than 51,000 plants! The sheer variety will astound you.

Some of the Garden's most beloved, special collections include rhododendrons, camellias, daffodils, flowering cherries, dogwoods, iris, and lotus.

Formal Gardens include an azalea/rhododendron garden, a boxwood garden, bulb gardens, a host of family gardens, and so much more.

The Children's Garden is one of the most popular formal gardens, with lots of family fun and adventure on the 19th century frontier.

The George Washington Carver Garden, with its small amphitheater, bronze statue, and reflecting pool for peaceful contemplation is another popular spot.

MBG's International Gardens include Bavarian, Ottoman, Chinese, German, Japanese, and English gardens. The Japanese Garden, Seiwa-en, is one of the largest of its kind in North America and a top attraction.

Climatron Rain Forest Dome & More

One of the most popular attractions at Missouri Botanical Garden is the Climatron rain forest dome.

The 70 foot tall, 175 foot diameter, Climatron was the first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory. Designed by R Buckminster Fuller, the dome covers half an acre without interior support. This allows for more light and space for plants than a conventional building. How much more? Climatron contains more than 2,800 plants, including 1,400 different tropical species!

MBG is also home to the oldest continuously operated public greenhouse west of the Mississippi River: Linnean House. Linnean House was built in 1882 and is the only remaining greenhouse on the property from Henry Shaw’s day. The renovated building houses sub-tropical plant collections from around the world, including dozens of camellia trees.

You can also tour the garden's Victorian District. Here you will find Henry Shaw’s restored country residence the Tower Grove House, as well as a labyrinthine hedge maze, herb gardens, and more.

Beyond The Gardens

Missouri Botanical Garden also includes two remote attractions: the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and the Shaw Nature Reserve.

Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
The Butterfly House is home to more than a thousand live tropical butterflies. Come watch as these colorful and delicate creatures fly freely around inside the glass conservatory. You may even get to watch a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis right before your very eyes!

Shaw Nature Reserve
307 Pinetum Loop Rd, Gray Summit, MO 63039
This 2,400 acre reserve was established in Gray Summit in 1925. Located along the Meramec River, the reserve features 14 miles of hiking trails through tall grass prairie, glades, wetlands, savannas and woodlands.

Missouri Botanical Garden

4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Open 9am to 5pm, daily

Visit the gardens online at their official website to learn about upcoming special events and more. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Wonders Of Wildlife Aquarium and National Museum

Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium and National MuseumWonders Of Wildlife Aquarium and National Museum is one of Springfield, MO's newest attractions. The 350,000 square-foot museum contains a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium aquarium and a mile and a half of exhibits.

Wonders Of Wildlife Aquarium and National Museum opened in late 2017 and has been wowing visitors ever since. 1.6 million people came that first year - and who can blame them?

The aquarium is home to more than 35,000 live animals, including exotic fish, mammals, reptiles, and birds. The museum's immersive wildlife galleries contain a vast collection of game animals in stunning, highly detailed dioramas.

Wonders Of Wildlife (WOW) is the brainchild of Johnny Morris of Johnny Morris' Bass Pro Shops. The museum is adjacent to the Springfield Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters.

Wonders Of Wildlife Museum

The WOW Museum starts off with 1.5 miles of trails that lead you through a variety of immersive diorama vignettes and habitats. You'll visit the polar regions and the African savanna, America's National Parks and the Amazon rain forest. You'll even feel the temperature change as you travel from climate to climate through the different galleries.

The dioramas are spectacular, featuring hand-painted backgrounds and a loving attention to detail. Many of the dioramas are excitingly staged, feeling more like scenes from a wildlife film than a museum subject.

The museum is home to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame and the International Game and Fish Association Hall of Fame. You can also visit a mock-up of Johnny Morris' first Bass Pro Shop, started right here in Springfeield.

Wonders Of Wildlife Aquarium

If you think the museum sounds amazing, wait until you see the Wonders Of Wildlife Aquarium.

The WOW aquarium is home to more than 35,000 animals, including over 800 species of sharks, rays, jellies, eels, and other fish. Attractions include the Bait Ball, a three-story, tubular aquarium filled with thousands of herring and some accompanying sharks. Tide pool tanks allow for hand-on experiences with horseshoe crabs, small sharks, and even stingrays!

Perhaps most exciting is WOW's Shark Dive. See real live sharks, barracuda, and other aquarium creatures from the safety of a submerged shark cage. State-of-the-art air helmets allow you to enjoy this experience without diver certification.

The WOW aquarium is much more than fish, though. You'll also see eagles, owls, otters, brown bears, bats, and more. Some of the newest arrivals include a Linnaeus's two-toed sloth and some tiny, common marmosets.

Visit Wonders Of Wildlife

500 W Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807
Most folks spend four to five hours during their first visit to WOW, so prepare accordingly.

Learn more about Wonders Of Wildlife online at www.wondersofwildlife.org. You can also follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Grant's Farm - Home of the Budweiser Clydesdales

Grants Farm in MissouriGrant's Farm, south of St. Louis, MO, is home to the Busch family and their iconic Budweiser Clydesdales - but that's not all. This historic farm is also home to 100's of exotic animals and was founded in the 1850's by President Ulysses S. Grant!

Grant's Farm started off as an 1848 wedding present for the then newly married Ulysses S. Grant. The future general and President set about sawing logs to build the two-story cabin that can still found here.

Grant moved away from both farming and the farm in 1858. After years of renting the property out, the Grant family let it go in 1885. August Busch Sr. bought the property in 1907 and it's remained in the Busch family ever since.

If the name "Busch" looks familiar to you, it should. It's often seen in conjunction with the name "Anheuser," as in "Anheuser-Busch," brewers of Budweiser beer.

The Busch family has turned the farm into a wildlife preserve. 100's of species of animals live here, including buffalo, antelope, elephants, kangaroos, ostriches, camels, and yes: Budweiser Clydesdales.

Visiting Grant's Farm

Visitors to Grant's Farm will find a wide variety of things to see and do.

History buffs will thrill at the tour of "Hardscrabble," the two-story cabin President Grant built with his own hands. Be sure to check out the fence near the cabin that is made from 2,563 Civil War rifle barrels!

Animal lovers will enjoy up-close and personal animal experiences in the Tier Garten amphitheater. A tram ride through Deer Park will take you to even bigger and more exotic animals on the farm.

The famous Budweiser Clydesdale Stables are here, too, housing world’s largest herd of Clydesdales.

Hungry? The farm offers a variety of snacks, like bratwurst, pretzels, pizza, and chicken strips. Those over the age of 21 may also drop by the hospitality room for complimentary samples of Anheuser-Busch products.

Grant's Farm

The farm is located at 10501 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123. Admission to the farm is free but some of the attractions are not.

Grant's Farm operates seasonally, May to October every year. Visit the Grant's Farm website for more details. You can also follow the farm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Visit The National WWI Museum and Memorial

National WWI Museum and MemorialThe National WWI Museum and Memorial, located in Kansas City, MO, is the only American museum solely dedicated to the Great War, as seen through the eyes of those who were there.

The First World War, erroneously called "the war to end all wars", lasted from July 28th, 1914 to November, 11th 1918. It was one of the largest and deadliest wars in history. More than 70 million military personnel joined the fight ... and more than 40 million military and civilians paid the ultimate price.

America's National WWI Museum and Memorial serves to preserve the memories of, and honor those who served in the Great War. It also works to educate those who came after, via interactive displays, eyewitness testimonies, and one of the largest collections of WWI artifacts in the world.

The Liberty Memorial Museum

The Liberty Memorial first came into being in 1919, when the citizens of Kansas City raised more than $2.5 million for it in just 10 days. In 1926, a crowd of 150,000 showed up for President Calvin Coolidge dedication of the site.

In 2004, construction began on a new state-of-the-art museum beneath the Liberty Memorial, which opened in 2006. 2006 also saw the Liberty Memorial designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The site was redesignated as the National World War I Museum and Memorial in 2014.

Visiting the Museum and Memorial

The National WWI Museum holds more than 300,000 objects and documents from WWI. Easily the most diverse collection of such items in the world.

The museum's collections are presented through interactive exhibits and realistic battle scenes. Many of the highlights allow you to viscerally share in the sights, sounds, and stories of the First World War.

Your journey begins with a walk across a glass-floored bridge. Below, a field of 9,000 red poppies represents the wars' fatalities, with each flower representing 1,000 fallen soldiers.

You'll see a Renault FT-17 tank with a gaping hole blown in it's flank. Walk through a 20 foot wide, 15 foot deep, Howitzer shell crater in a French farmhouse. View a sobering recreation of No Man’s Land and visit life-size trenches for a small sense of what some WWI soldiers experienced.

Visitors can also climb to the top of the 217 foot tall Liberty Memorial Tower. Its height makes it one of the world's tallest war memorials.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial

2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO 64108
Learn more by visiting the museum online at www.theworldwar.org. You can also follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Packards and Jaguars and Batman - Oh My!

Route 66 Car Museum in Springfield, MOIf you could be considered a "gearhead," "car nut," "motorhead," or just love beautiful design, you owe it to yourself to visit the Route 66 Car Museum in Springfield, MO!

The Route 66 Car Museum got its start as a privately owned car collection. Guy Mace, a retired chemical engineer, started collecting cars in 1990. After toying with the idea for several years, Mace opened the museum in 2016 to share both his passion and collection.

Locating the museum on historic Route 66 was a must. Luckily, Mace had a vacant, 20,000-square-foot factory along the route; a perfect fit for his collection of nearly 70 classic automobiles.

Mace's car collecting criteria has been whatever strikes his fancy. Consequently, the museum collection is diverse and interesting, with something for everyone.

Route 66 Car Museum Collection

The museum's collection of American and European models range from the start of 20th century to vehicles produced in the 2000's. The cars are arranged into four categories: Brass Era, Classics, Sportscars, and Celebrity vehicles.

Visiting the museum is like a walk through automotive history and the highlights are many. They have a 1926 Kissel Brougham, a 1936 Horch, a 1948 Packard Victoria Custom 8 Convertible, and a 1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, to name just a few.

Celebrity vehicles at the museum include the 1926 Hudson Speedster truck from the film "Grapes of Wrath," starring Henry Fonda. You'll feel like you've wandered into the Batcave when you see the 1966 Gotham Roadster and 1979 Gotham Cruiser. They also have the 1991 Ghostbusters Cadillac Wagon and the "Resident Evil" Zombie Protection Truck on premises.

Gift Shop and Chauffeur Service

The museum gift shop sells a variety of classic car and Route 66 memorabilia. Offerings include old signs and tools, scale model cars, vintage toys, apparel, keychains, and more.

Route 66 Car Museum also offers classic car chauffeur service for the Springfield metro area. Arrive at your next event or destination in high style with a chauffeur-driven classic car!

Route 66 Car Museum

1634 West College, Springfield, Missouri 65806
Hours: Mondays through Saturdays: 9am to 5pm - closed ​Sundays
Visit www.66carmuseum.com to learn more.

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The National Museum of Transportation Will Move You

National Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood MOIf you're a fan of planes, trains, and automobiles (boats, too!) then you should come to Kirkwood, MO and explore all 42 acres of the National Museum of Transportation!

The National Museum of Transportation (NMOT) is a private museum dedicated to the preserving the history of transportation vehicles. The collection is displayed in more than 190 exhibits over 42 acres and includes over 70 locomotives, 200 road vehicles, two planes, and a tugboat!

The museum’s collection started in 1944 with a mule-drawn streetcar named "Bellefontaine" and continues to grow. The grounds use more than four miles of historic track to display and move the collection.

Those among you with a sharp eye will will note that 2019 marks The National Museum of Transportation's 75th birthday. A variety of special events are planned to celebrate this event throughout the year.

Trains at the NMOT

The National Museum of Transportation has one of the most complete American locomotive collections around. Over half of the collection represents either a “one-of-a-kind” or is the last remaining example of that type.

Two such highlights include the world’s largest steam locomotive, the Union Pacific #4006 Big Boy, and "The Whale," an 1833 B&B&PR Passenger Coach - the largest tank car ever built. Many, many other unique trains are on the premises. The collection also includes freight cars, passenger cars, maintenance cars, and interurban and city transit vehicles, such as streetcars and trolleys.

There's even a full-scale miniature railroad on the grounds, plus a restored, full-sized trolley you can ride in spring and summer.

Automobiles and More

The National Museum of Transportation's auto and road vehicle holdings are also extensive, with more than 200 different vehicles in the collection Come see the one of a kind, 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car, the Bobby Darin "Dream Car," and one of only 9 still existing 1901 St. Louis Motor Carriage Company automobiles.

The NMOT collection also includes a Douglas Aircraft C-47A, a Lockheed T-33, and the HT Potts Tugboat. The museum's collection is ever growing - you never know what you'll find during your visit!

National Museum of Transportation

2933 Barrett Station Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
Hours vary by season. Visit transportmuseumassociation.org for current information on times, special events, and more.

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The Mark Twain Museum & Boyhood Home in Hannibal, MO

Mark Twain MuseumStep back in time to the house and town that inspired Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and much more at The Mark Twain Museum & Boyhood Home in Hannibal, Missouri.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, is an American literary icon. His novels “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” are just two classics from a body of work that included poetry, short stories, essays, and non-fiction. Author William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature.”

Clemens was born in Florida, MO but spent his formative years – ages 4 to 18 – in Hannibal, MO. It was here that he gained inspiration for some of his most popular novels. The fictional characters of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Becky Thatcher, and many others had their roots in the real-life Hannibal of the 1800’s.

Luckily, for fans of the legendary author, Samuel Clemens’ boyhood home still stands and has been preserved as The Mark Twain Museum.

The Mark Twain Museum & Boyhood Home

Samuel Clemens lived at 120 North Main Street, in Hannibal, from 1844 to 1853. It opened as a museum in 1912 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962.

One of the first things you might notice about the house is its whitewashed, picket fence. If it makes you think of the fence-painting scene in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” you’re in good company. It made Sam Clemens think of it, too; the fence and memories of it inspired the scene.

The Mark Twain Museum collection includes many of Samuel Clemens’ personal artifacts. These include his famous white jacket, one of his pipes, writing desk, chair, and typewriter. It also houses an extensive collection of printed materials, including first editions of all his major works personal letters, handwritten manuscripts, and more.

One of the most stunning inclusions is 15 original Norman Rockwell oil paintings, created for special editions of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. The paintings are on display along with a variety of original Rockwell sketches and lithographs. Fascinating.

The Mark Twain Museum is made up of includes five historic buildings, two museums, and three museum shops. These include the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, The Becky Thatcher House, John M. Clemens’ Justice of the Peace Office, Grant’s Drug Store, and the Huckleberry Finn House.

The Mark Twain Museum & Boyhood Home

120 N Main St, Hannibal, MO 63401
The Mark Twain Museum & Boyhood Home is open year ’round. Visit the museum website for events, directions, and hours. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Leila's Hair Museum - the World's Only Hair Museum!

Leila's Hair Museum in Independence, MOIndependence, Missouri is home to the world’s only hair museum. Leila’s Hair Museum displays thousands of works of art, all made from real human hair!

Hair art? Hair museum? Are we pulling your leg with all this hairy business? Absolutely not.

Hair art has been with us a long, long time, at least since the 16th century – but it flourished most during the Victorian era (1800-1900). People wove hair into intricate and beautiful wreaths, domes, jewelry, and more. Hair was also pulverized to powder, then mixed with medium to create the "sepia" painting technique.

Most of this art and jewelry was created before the age of photography as a memento of a loved one. Whether they were departed, distant, or just someone whom you always wanted to be close too, hair art and jewelry served as a reminder of their physicality. It goes without saying that the practice has become more an oddity than a hobby since.

So much so that, despite all art created with it, there’s only one museum in the world dedicated exclusively to hair. And it’s here in Missouri!

World's Only Hair Museum

Leila Cohoon was fascinated with hair from a very early age, becoming hairdresser in 1949. Her passion for the stuff became even greater in 1956 when she saw her first human hair wreath at an antique shop. This small wreath was the very first piece in what was to become a huge collection.

Since that fateful day, Leila’s collection has grown to include over 600 hair wreaths, over 2000 pieces of hair jewelry, and the world’s only hair museum.

Visitors to the museum will be stunned by the fascinating collection. The museum includes works involving the hair from Queen Victoria, four United States presidents, and a number of celebrities, including Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe.

The museum also exhibits works of sepia: paintings made using pulverized hair. The oldest piece in the museum is a brooch from 1680 containing a piece of hair encased in crystal. The museum also has reliquaries of Mother Mary, the cross, and St. Anne.

Leila’s Hair Museum

1333 S Noland Rd, Independence, Missouri 64055
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9am to 4pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays
Learn more with a visit to the museum website. You can also visit on Facebook.

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The Steamboat Arabia Museum - 200 Tons of Pre-Civil War Artifacts

artifacts at the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas CityThe steamboat Arabia sank on the Missouri River near Kansas City in 1856. Its rediscovery in 1988 revealed 200 tons of remarkably preserved, pre-Civil War artifacts - the largest collection in the world. Come see it at Kansas City's Arabia Steamboat Museum!

The Missouri River claimed numerous steamboats during their heyday in the 1800's. Prior to the addition of dams, the Missouri's unpredictable and sediment clouded flow proved quite treacherous. The steamboat Arabia was just one of some 300 vessels lost to the river in those days.

The Arabia, built in 1853, was a side wheeler with paddle wheels that were 28 feet across. Her boilers could consume up to thirty cords of wood per day - all to average an upstream speed of about 5 miles per hour. Originally used as transport on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, it began plying the waters of the Missouri in 1855.

The Sinking of the Steamboat Arabia

On September 5, 1856, the Arabia hit a submerged tree at Quindaro Bend, near the town of Parkville, Missouri. The tree ripped open the Arabia's hull and she began to rapidly fill with water. Luckily the boat settled into the Missouri's mud, leaving the upper decks above water for evacuation. A poor, lone mule, accidentally left tied to sawmill equipment, was the only casualty.

Salvage attempts were largely useless and, within a few days, the boat sank below the water and deep into the river bed's soft mud.

The Arabia stayed hidden in its unmarked grave for more than 130 years. During that time, the river shifted its course. The sunken steamboat was now a half a mile to the west of the river, resting some 45 feet beneath a farmer's cornfield.

Rediscovery of the Arabia

The Arabia went down fully loaded with 200 tons of goods meant for general stores and homes in frontier towns across the mid-west. Imagine, if you will, a pre-Civil War floating Walmart. Legends of her cargo contained promises of whiskey and gold and many hoped to find her.

In 1987, armed with maps, old newspaper clippings, and a metal detector, David Hawley finally did. Careful excavations commenced and, by 1991, the recovered ship and cargo became the basis for the Arabia Steamboat Museum.

As it turned out, thanks to the mud of the Missouri River, the Arabia was an unwitting time capsule of pre-Civil War life on the American frontier.

The mud had not only swallowed the ship, it had protected it from the destructive effects of light and oxygen. Much of her cargo was found remarkably preserved. Ready-made clothing, tools, guns, medicine, and dishes, were all discovered looking none too worse for the wear. Some sealed foodstuffs were even found to still be edible!

The Arabia Steamboat Museum

The Arabia Steamboat Museum, in Kansas City, offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to examine the wreck's long-hidden and well-preserved treasures.

The museum's vast collection will fascinate visitors. Artifacts are still being preserved and added to the collection on a regular basis. In fact, there are so many items from the steamboat Arabia that the museum isn't big enough to display it all! You can even watch the preservation process during your visit.

The Arabia Steamboat Museum
400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106
10am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday - noon to 5pm on Sundays
The last tour starts at 3:30pm
Learn more at 1856.com

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Discover and Explore Johnson Shut-Ins State Park

Johnson Shut-Ins State ParkJohnson Shut-Ins State Park is famous for its natural water-park, carved out of purple-pink granite by years of erosion. Generations of visitors have come from all over to explore this natural playground.

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park (it's actually "Johnson's" but more folks seem to know it without the possessive 's') is a public recreation area on the East Fork Black River in Reynolds County, MO. The "shut-ins" part of its name comes from its most famous feature: a steep-sided gorge or "shut-in" on the East Fork of the Black River.

The gorge is pocked with waterfalls, chutes, and potholes carved out of the ancient purple-pink granite by countless centuries of natural erosion. The area attracts visitors year-round but is especially popular in the warmer months. What could be more fun than to swim and clamber around this unique formation on a hot summer day?

More Than Just Shut-Ins

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park contains more than 8,780 acres to explore. It is much more than just a stretch of unique river gorge to splash around in.

Johnson’s Shut-Ins Fen Natural Area protects a small, sensitive wetland fed by groundwater rather than rainfall or surface sources. The fen provides habitat for unique species of plants and animals. These include arrowhead, wild sweet William, four-toed salamanders, and devil crayfish.

Another rarity within the park is the 18-acre, Johnson’s Shut-Ins Dolomite Glade Natural Area. This sedimentary glade is a very unique occurrence in the St. Francois Mountains. Consequently, it, too is home to an array of plants and animals not found elsewhere in the area.

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park also supports two outstanding Missouri wild areas: the East Fork Wild Area and Goggins Mountain Wild Area. The two areas make up the largest chunk of unbroken wilderness remaining in Missouri. Neither are accessible by road and do not include paved trails or other park amenities. This makes them a magnet for experienced back-country hikers and campers.

Johnson’s Shut-Ins Scour Trail

In 2005, a broken reservoir atop Profitt Mountain sent over one billion gallons of water rushing through Johnson Shut-Ins State Park. The flood devastated much of the park, uprooting trees, smashing buildings, changing landscapes.

While most of the park was restored in the years following the disaster, evidence of the destruction remains. Most notable is the Johnson’s Shut-Ins Scour Channel: a 1.5 mile stretch without trees, flowers, or soil. This startling feature has become one of the park's most popular attractions, after the shut-ins, themselves.

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park offers camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and biking. Amenities include picnic spots, a gift shop, visitor center, bicycle rentals, and virtual tours. Learn more at mostateparks.com.

Missouri Lodging
After a fun day exploring Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, you're going to be hankering for some shut-eye. 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!

Columbia Experimental Music Festival 2018 - Art, Music, and More!

Columbia Experimental Music Festival 2018Come to Columbia, MO October 5th through the 7th, 2018 for the Columbia Experimental Music Festival! Over two dozen artists from around the world will provide 3 days of adventurous art and music at 10 venues throughout downtown Columbia, MO. Don't miss it!

Columbia, MO has been the site of some great musical happenings of late and the upcoming Columbia Experimental Music Festival continues the thread.

Previously known as the "Dismal Niche Festival," the event attracts a variety of neo-classical, ambient, folk, and pop artists from around the region and the world. Previous years have seen such alternative luminaries as Laraaji, Jon Mueller, Kath Bloom, Moor Mother, and Scott Tuma.

The folks behind the Columbia Experimental Music Festival have released a similarly exciting roster of artists for this year's event. Guitarist Glenn Jones, string-trio Hear in Now, the Chicago collective ONO, and multi-instrumentalist Benoit Pioulard are all on the schedule.

2018 Columbia Experimental Music Festival Lineup

Thursday, October 4th
Opening Thursday Night Film Screening at Ragtag: TBA
Friday, October 5th
5pm - Tape Looping workshop with AMULETS at Hickman High
7pm - Aki Moone Art show with Vulvette at Resident Arts
8pm - Benoit Pioulard at KOPN
9pm - ONO, JoAnn McNeil, Cunningham/Bucko/Adams, Complainer at Cafe Berlin
12am - Scammers & Midwife + TBA at PDM

Saturday, October 6th
5pm - Oxherding & Tim Pilcher at Hitt Records
7pm - Glenn Jones & Benoit Pioulard at Stephens College Senior Hall
9pm - AMULETS, Entrancer, Eric Donte at Eastside Tavern
12am Afterparty (DJ Set): 18andCounting & Scales

Sunday, October 7th
11am - Morning meditation with Lake Mary & Friends at Firestone Baars Chapel
2pm - Glenn Jones at the Daniel Boone Regional Library
3pm - LOOSE LOOSE, Devin Frank Vanishing Blues Band, It's Me: Ross at Rose Music Hall
7pm - Hear in Now & Forest Management at Firestone Baars Chapel
10pm - Jennifer Simone & Mourning A BLKstar at Cafe Berlin

More Than Music - Art & Workshops

Despite its name, Columbia Experimental Music Festival offers more than just concerts.

Art is an integral component of the Columbia Experimental Music Festival. 2018 will see visual installations from Sasha Goodnow, Blank Thomas, Aki Moone, and others. You'll also be able to attend a variety of artists workshops. AMULETS, Midwife, ONO, and JoAnn McNeil are all on the schedule to present.

Columbia Experimental Music Festival 2018

October 5th through the 7th, 2018
Downtown Columbia, MO
Learn more at cargocollective.com. You can also follow the festival on Facebook.

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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!

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!

Discover Central Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Castle ruins at Ha Ha Tonka State ParkHa Ha Tonka State Park is a public recreation area in Central Missouri, five miles south of Camdenton on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. The park features trails, caves, sinkholes, a spring ... and a the ruins of a massive, abandoned stone mansion.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one of Missouri's many must-visit attractions. Its winning combination of intriguing history, outstanding geologic features, lake, and trails make it the perfect park for anyone and everyone!

The park is a geological wonderland of sinkholes, caves, sheer bluffs, and a huge, natural stone bridge. 70-acres of the park were designated as the Ha Ha Tonka Karst Natural Area in 1981.

Ha Ha Tonka Park is also home to Missouri’s 12th largest spring. Many believe this is the source of the park's odd name. “Ha Ha Tonka,” is supposedly the Osage phrase for “Laughing Spirit." Many think this is in reference to the park's gushing springs.

The natural spring and fascinating geology are not Ha Ha Tonka State Park's biggest claim to fame, however. That would be reserved for the impressive stone ruins of Ha Ha Tonka Mansion.

Ha Ha Tonka Mansion is frequently referred to as a castle, which is the very effect its builder was going after. Robert Snyder was a wealthy Kansas City businessman with dreams of building his own, European-style castle, right here in Missouri.

Snyder made his fortune in St. Louis and Kansas City during the late 1800's. By 1905, he'd amassed enough wealth to follow his dreams. Stonemasons from Scotland, a European supervisor, and Kansas City architect Adrian Van Brunt were hired to bring Snyder's three-and-a-half story tall vision to life.

Ha Ha Tonka Mansion was designed with an iconic center atrium that rose three and a-half stories to a skylight. The plans included nine greenhouses, a carriage house, and an 80-foot private water tower. Local stone was quarried and local timber cut for the construction.

Snyder never saw his dream completed, however. Instead, in 1906 he had the ignoble honor of becoming one of Missouri's first automobile accident victims. The incomplete mansion languished until 1922 when the family was finally able to complete construction. Ha Ha Tonka Mansion was leased out in 1937 and run as a hotel until a fire gutted the structure in 1942. The estate lay abandoned for decades before the State of Missouri purchased it in 1978.

Visitors to Ha Ha Tonka State Park will enjoy the ruins of Snyder's turn-of-the-century stone castle. The ruins are currently off limits but they provide impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring. A series of well-maintained trails and boardwalks provide easy access to the park's many attractions. Swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and more are all available.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO 65020
April through October - 7am to sunset
November through March - 8am to sunset
Learn more about Ha Ha Tonka Park online at mostateparks.com.

Central Missouri 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!