Here and There

Missouri Outlaws and Gangsters

Thanks to Shakespeare, the Ides of March have come to symbolize treachery, betrayal and murder…so it seems only right that this time of year would make me think about Missouri’s own outlaws and gangsters, and their local reigns of terror. I have a personal interest in outlaws, specifically Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow and their gang. Growing up, I always heard …

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No Foolin’: Missouri Has New Attractions Opening

Here in Missouri we have a Show-Me mentality, so it’s no wonder we’re not fooled easily. It only makes sense that on this first day of April we set the story straight on the goings-on in Mississippi … just kidding! Here’s to no foolin’ in Missouri. The Gateway Arch IS reopening this year. With a ribbon cutting set for July …

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Show-Me 5: Museums for Geeks

Some call them geeks. We call them AWESOME. Hobbyists of the world, lovers of the unique, keepers of that certain je ne sais quoi; these attractions were made for you. The Vehicle Aficionado – Whether your passion lies in the rail or automobile industry, you’re bound to find a drool-worthy conveyance at The National Museum of Transportation in St. Louis. …

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Celebrate Washington’s Birthday in Washington…Missouri, that is.

George Washington and the state of Missouri have a lot in common. Both avid supporters of the mule – Missouri’s state animal – and producers of whiskey – our craft distillery scene is booming – it only makes sense to celebrate the birthday of our nation’s first president in, well, Washington, MO. Washington traveled by trusty steed, but you can …

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What’s in a Name? Missouri-style

How does a town get its name? Back in the day postmasters – as you will see – wielded a lot of power when it came to naming their new towns. Usually the name chosen was that of a prominent citizen, a nearby industry, sometimes a natural feature. However, some of those Missouri postmasters had, shall we say, a slightly …

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National Plan For (Missouri) Vacation Day

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Jack must be an American – because U.S. workers gave up half their vacation days in 2016. We are in grave danger in becoming a nation of dull boys and girls. National Plan for Vacation Day on January 30 intends on changing all that. What it comes down to is: …

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Visit the World in Missouri

Do you dream of traveling the world but thoughts of lost luggage and expensive air fares keep you at home? The Show-Me State has an abundance of city and town names “borrowed” from other places like Rome, Milan and Athens. You can even visit Oregon, Louisiana and Nevada without crossing the state line. So if you’re looking for a cheap …

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Missouri Is A Little Odd

… in all the best ways. The unusual claim to fame, the (a little bit) weird trait, the quirky attribute… they are all what makes a person or place interesting. The Show-Me State has its share. But as Dr. Seuss said “You have to be odd to be number one.” The most powerful earthquake ever to strike the U.S. was …

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Holiday Shopping Just Got Easier and More Fun

There might be a holiday shopping resource you haven’t thought of before. One where you can get unique items and products, support small businesses, and have a good time while you’re at it. We’re talking about Missouri wineries. Most Missouri wineries have great gift shops where you can not only buy your favorite Missouri wines, but also fun and unique …

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How Missouri Got Its Name

What’s in a name? That which we call Missouri, by any other word would likely still be mispronounced. (apologies to Shakespeare). Some place names are easy to figure out. People moved to the New World from York or Hampshire in England, and where they settled became New York or New Hampshire. Or the name came from the desire to honor …

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