Author Archives: Katie Steele Danner

The Lakes Are Open for Business!

There is so much devastation from the flooding in Southeast Missouri, and many government agencies and local not-for-profit groups are working round the clock to try to rescue and recover what is possible as the water hopefully starts receding along the Mississippi.   We will share more information about their efforts here soon. In the meantime, flooding does continue in Southwest ... Read More »

Travel the Old Trails Road Scenic Byway

Missouri's byways offer a variety of beautiful and interesting scenes.

The vision of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program is “To create a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories and treasured places.” The mission is to provide resources to the byway community in creating a unique travel experience and enhanced local quality of life through efforts to preserve, protect, interpret, and promote the intrinsic qualities of designated ... Read More »

Congratulations cast and crew of “Winter’s Bone”

Missouri Division of Tourism Director Katie Steele Danner with Winter's Bone cast members xxxx, left, and John Hawkes, right.

  I am extremely excited about all of the accolades that have been coming to those involved with the movie “Winter’s Bone,” including Tuesday’s Oscar nominations for Best Actress, Jennifer Lawrence, and Best Supporting Actor, John Hawkes.  To me it is icing on the cake that Debra Granik and Anne Roselleni and the movie were nominated as well. As most ... Read More »

Welcome Center Opens on Route 66 in Webb City

A pair of vintage vehicles inside the new Route 66 Welcome Center in Webb City.

    This week I had the pleasure of joining in the celebration for the new Route 66 Center, located at the corner of Webb and Broadway streets, in Webb City. I was joined by several state and local leaders, Webb City residents and a few Route 66 enthusiasts.  Among the celebrants were Speaker Ron Richard (Senator-Elect), the new state ... Read More »

Mark it ‘$OLD!’ History Channel Pilot Filming in Lake of the Ozarks

From left, Missouri Division of Tourism Director Katie Steele Danner; Producer/Director Bonnie Brennan, Line Producer Bob Visty; and TV Personality Jann Carl.

Missouri has become known as a destination with diverse entertainment options and many live shows for every taste, genre and for all generations.  Yesterday, I found out about a new show in the making, and if all goes as planned, the world will soon enjoy this new production. I stopped in at Camdenton at the Lake of the Ozarks where ... Read More »

Branson Entertainment Pioneer Lloyd Presley

Tourism industry mourns death of entertainment pioneer Lloyd Presley.

All of us in the Tourism industry in Missouri mourn the passing of Branson entertainment pioneer Lloyd Presley. Mr. Presley died Saturday afternoon at the age of 86 after a long illness. His legacy to the entertainment industry, and to the contribution of tourism in Missouri, is to be celebrated.  He founded Presley’s Country Jubilee in 1967. It was the ... Read More »

Attend MO State Archives Program, “Driving Across Missouri: A Guide to I-70”

Drivers speeding across Missouri on I-70 might not know what they are missing, but authors Ted Cable and LuAnn Cadden do.  According to them, untold attractions right along the highway between St. Louis and Kansas City await travelers in Missouri.  Driving Across Missouri is packed with fun-filled information, stories, and trivia that helps travelers look beyond the passing blur to ... Read More »

Show-Me State Games

“The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall,” — Mitch Hedberg. I read that once and it has stuck with me over the years; a humbling acknowledgement about how my athletic prowess would never be anything used to describe me. I don’t dance like Isadora Duncan either; ... Read More »

Ideas for State Employees to Enjoy the Truman Holiday Weekend

A three-day weekend is the perfect opportunity to take time to see Missouri. There are many fun events to attend this weekend, along with great new attractions around the state. Or, you may choose to take this opportunity to explore some place you have never been but always said you would like to see. Here are just a few ideas ... Read More »

The Morel of the Story

I have had the pleasure to live in various places across Missouri, but during this time of year, I admit I miss my North Missouri years.  Our spring ritual included an annual morel mushroom hunt.  Not just a small hike to favorite areas known to produce bountiful harvests.  I am talking about a spring hunting ritual that a large, coed, ... Read More »