Author Archives: visitmospotlightguest

Hail to the Chief!

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With President’s Day fast approaching, why not resolve to learn about former president Harry S. Truman and his many ties to Independence? You might be surprised to discover Truman and his family had more connections throughout this fascinating city than you might imagine. The obvious first choice on your journey of exploration should be the Harry S Truman Home National Historic ... Read More »

Grow Native! Keep Missouri Looking Like Missouri

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First Lady Ladybird Johnson once said, “I want Texas to look like Texas, and Vermont to look like Vermont.” The first lady, known for her love of flowers and who has a wildflower research center in Texas named for her, would be proud, I think, of Missouri’s Grow Native! program, which strives to ensure Missouri looks like Missouri. Missouri is ... Read More »

Central Dairy a Must-Visit in Jefferson City

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Tell someone who knows Jefferson City you’re planning a visit there and you might be surprised at the most frequently asked question about your trip. Not “Have you taken the tour at the Missouri State Penitentiary?” Not “Think you might ride the Katy Trail?” Not even “Are you going to check out the Capitol?” Nope, it’s likely you’ll be asked, ... Read More »

Missouri State Penitentiary Posts Record-Breaking Season

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In 2009, when the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) began hosting tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary, the vision was to cultivate the incredibly historic site into an attraction that could hold its own alongside the longtime favorite spots. Today that vision has become a reality. Read More »

Bicycle Along The Way of American Genius

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Mark Twain. Pony Express. Sliced Bread. Walt Disney. These innovators and innovations are some of the most famous in our nation’s history and have set the standard for genius. When cycling or biking along Highway 36, you enjoy natural, cultural and historic sites, scenic farms, charming small towns, and museums. Along the route, discover those individuals and ideas that have ... Read More »

Check Out What’s New in Branson in 2013

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Branson, located in the Southwest Missouri Ozarks, is one of America’s favorite vacation destinations. The family friendly shows and entertainment options, beautiful scenery and lakes, as well as the Missouri hospitality, draw nearly 8 million people each year to our little town. TripAdvisor, USA Today, the Associated Press and others have called Branson one of the best places in America ... Read More »

‘Nature’s Garbage Collectors’ Don’t Charge Disposal Fee

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Four birders on a December 2011 outing to Ha Ha Tonka State Park focused their binoculars on a green tag attached to the wing of one of 28 roosting turkey vultures. The tag said E43. They reported their finding to the Bird Banding Laboratory operated by the U.S. Geological Survey. The center said the tag was attached to the bird ... Read More »

Let’s Make a New Year’s Resolution We’ll Keep!

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“New Year’s Day–Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community.” – Mark Twain I hate New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe it’s the focus ... Read More »

Storytelling in Cape Girardeau Generates a Legacy of Stories Among Fans

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The most renowned storytellers in the business have passed through Southeast Missouri while performing at storytelling events in Cape Girardeau during the last five years. Their stories are famous among devoted fans of the art form, but it’s the tales that center around the storytelling events here in Cape Girardeau that resonate with me. Here’s a quick story about the ... Read More »

Holiday Scenes from Historic Sites

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Missouri Division of Tourism writer Tom Uhlenbrock put together this photo essay during his holiday-season travels to Missouri State Historic Sites, and nearby attractions, in Hermann, Ste. Genevieve, and St. Charles. We hope you enjoy them. Happy Holidays from the VisitMO staff! Read More »