Exploring Missouri State Parks: Arrow Rock State Historic Site

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!

Just a 15-minute drive off busy Interstate 70 in north-central Missouri, the tiny village of Arrow Rock is a trip back in time.

Just four blocks wide by eight blocks long, the entire village has been designated a National Historic Landmark recognizing its association with Westward Expansion, the Santa Fe Trail and artist George Caleb Bingham.

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources celebrates the town as a state historic site, with a handsome visitor center that explains its history.

The town has a two-block-long covered walkway lined with shops and restaurants, and several bed-and-breakfasts for overnight visitors. The Lyceum Theatre has been providing Broadway-caliber shows in central Missouri for more than 50 years.

The J. Huston Tavern was built in 1834 and is one of the oldest continuously operating restaurants west of the Mississippi. The tavern has a full bar and boasts some of the best fried chicken in the state.

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