Author Archives: Stephen Foutes

Title tilt a brewin’

Like a lot of people, I like to sit back and enjoy the Super Bowl with some salty snacks and a cold drink. Not so good for the arteries, but oh so tasty. But a trip to the store to find a drink with which to enjoy the game presents so many possibilities. There are countless choices to consider, and ... Read More »

Thinking about history

I’ve never been much of a history buff. (Sorry, dad.) But doing research and talking with state historians about African-American history uncovered what, to me, were new and interesting stories about some of the people who made great contributions to this country. For example, George Washington Carver was born into slavery. His mother was kidnapped when he was about one ... Read More »

2010 Travel Guide

The 2010 Missouri Travel Guide

Well, the new 2010 Missouri Travel Guides have been here for about a week and I’m quite pleased with how they turned out. The cover looks excellent — featuring Mark Twain and the Pony Express, which both celebrate significant anniversaries in 2010 — and the color pictures on the inside really pop. I am hopeful readers find the 2010 Travel ... Read More »

Behind The Walls

Thankfully, I never had to serve time in the old Missouri State Penitentiary. Perhaps that’s why I was glad to return Wednesday for my third tour of the historic property, located in the heart of Jefferson City. First, a little history: The prison was decommissioned in 2004. It has been open for public tours and, this year, the Jefferson City ... Read More »

Lucky No. 13

The weekend is almost here, and while it starts on a somewhat ominous sounding note – and one feared by those with triskaidekaphobia (don’t go to dictionary.com; it means fear of the number 13) – there’s no reason to sequester yourself indoors all weekend. Instead, get out and see the sights. There’s plenty to do in Missouri on a fall ... Read More »

From Satchel to Satchmo

You all know there’s a lot to do in Kansas City, particularly if you like good food and abundant shopping opportunities. But Kansas City also offers plenty of opportunities to explore and to learn about history, and that’s where places like the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum, which share space as The Museums at 18th and ... Read More »

Missouri haunts

Leaves are turning, the weather is cooling and it’s almost time for ghosts to be out, well, ghouling. As Halloween approaches, many fun-loving spirits may take the opportunity to visit one of Missouri’s rumored-to-be-haunted locations in search of an otherworldly adventure. As a state that played a major role in the Civil War, Missouri – which has a long and ... Read More »

Catching up

The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism was last week in Branson, but because of a technical snaffu, I wasn’t able to post anything from there because the power cord to my laptop was missing. In short, the conference was great. It was well organized, the speakers seemed to hit the right notes with their respective audiences and, of course, the ... Read More »

Butterfly House

Went to Chesterfield for a wedding over the weekend, as the couple had decided to get married at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Butterfly House. It’s a really pretty site located in Faust Park. In addition to the Butterfly Conservatory, the grounds also contain a historic village, with homes and buildings dating to the mid-to-late 1800s, along with Thornhill, the oldest ... Read More »

A Visit to Hannibal

This statue depicts Mark Twain as a steamboat captain.

Ran up to Hannibal on Sunday to take some photos for the division. The weather was not ideal — cloudy and rainy at times, then punishingly hot and humid at others — but there seemed to be pretty good crowds of people strolling up and down the sidewalks and visiting downtown merchants. Trekked up to the top of Cardiff Hill ... Read More »