Highway 36, also known as “The Way of the American Genius,” holds valuable Missouri history along a cross-state section of northern Missouri. From Mark Twain in Hannibal, to Walt Disney in Marceline, you find many claims to fame along the highway, but my favorite is “The Home of Sliced Bread,” which is Chillicothe.
If you are a bread lover like me, you will love learning about the beginnings of sliced bread and how it revolutionized the bread industry. A lot of information on the invention is found at Grand River Historical Society Museum. The museum has a bread slicer on display and it documents much of the town’s history in various exhibits. History buffs unite, because the museum holds a great look into Chillicothe’s past.
Another documentation of Chillicothe’s history is the many murals that cover various buildings throughout town; the murals characterize important events in the city’s history. These murals are beautifully done and offer an illustrative take on the town.
After walking around looking at the murals on a warm summer’s day, you are bound to be hot and ready to cool off, right?
Chilli Bay, an island-themed water park is a great place to hit after your walk around town. This fully equipped tropical retreat features everything you would ever want in an aquatic facility; with tiki huts, a log roll, rock wall, and lazy river, who could complain?
When you need a post swimming snack, Nico’Z offers no fried foods (always a plus), great pizza and nachos, as well as a friendly atmosphere. The nachos alone are worth a trip back to Chillicothe.
So next time you are making your way down Highway 36, don’t pass up the home of sliced bread. It’s also home to a unique history and, if the mood strikes, a tropical oasis.
Written by Brittney Mormann, summer intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism.