Tag Archives: Missouri River

Missouri Conservation Keeps Water Wild

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rowing up in central Missouri, I spent my best days outside making memories I’ll never forget, and learning lessons that shaped the way I see the world.  I’ve always found water fascinating – especially water that seems to move on its own volition.  As a child, I loved tracing the path of rainwater, coursing its way through rivulets, curbsides and …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Weston Bend

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Located just northwest of the Kansas City metropolitan area, Weston Bend State Park sits on a bend of the Missouri River near the site of the once-thriving town of Weston. In 1804, Lewis and Clark arrived in the area and noted evidence of an old Indian village on the opposite side of the river. Fort Leavenworth was established in 1827 …

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Along the Katy Trail: Rocheport

A-Frame, Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Rocheport

It’s a milestone month in Missouri, as the Show-Me State’s Katy Trail celebrates its 25th anniversary. To commemorate one of Missouri’s most-popular outdoor attractions, we’re taking you across the trail, from east to west, and visiting several trailhead cities. Here’s a look at Rocheport, a charming small town noted for its winery, bed and breakfast inns and shopping spots. With …

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A Rocheport Road Trip

Missouri River and Katy Trail

Satisfying an itch to travel doesn’t necessarily mean hopping the next flight to New York City, booking an African safari or boarding a Caribbean cruise. Sometimes you just need to get out of town for a day. Kansas City-based blogger Kimberly Winter Stern (@kimdishes) has just the ticket. The best part? It’s a one-tank trip with romantic appeal—and enough activity …

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We’re Dry and Ready for the Fourth of July!

Sounds of the Saint Charles Municipal Band billow through Missouri’s largest and oldest historic district.

Here in St. Charles, we’re all about events, especially given we played host in 2012 for more than 130 event days. By our last count, that breakdown comprised 18 parades, nine festivals, 29 sporting events and another 17 special events and activities of various shapes, sizes and duration. Recently we’ve been worried, as many folks have across the Midwest, about …

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RV Adventures in Southeast Missouri

Missouri is a state worth seeing, both for its beauty and historic sites. There is probably no better way to tour the “Show Me State” than to pack up an RV with all your vacation gear and set out on an adventure. Three of the greatest rivers in North America intersect with Missouri – the Mississippi, the Missouri and the …

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How Missouri Got its Name

Ever wonder how Missouri, the river and the state, got its name? Van Meter State Park, north of Marshall in the west-central part of the state, is the site of an old Indian village that holds the answer to that question. When the French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet arrived in 1673 at the confluence of what came to …

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Travel the Old Trails Road Scenic Byway

Missouri's byways offer a variety of beautiful and interesting scenes.

The vision of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program is “To create a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories and treasured places.” The mission is to provide resources to the byway community in creating a unique travel experience and enhanced local quality of life through efforts to preserve, protect, interpret, and promote the intrinsic qualities of designated …

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The Missouri River . . . Is Not the Subject of This Post

Missouri River at Jefferson City

Look at the photo above. The Missouri River seems to stretch on forever. After all, at nearly 2,500 miles it is the longest river in the United States. But, as rivers go, or flow, the Big Muddy has to take a back seat (do rivers have seats?) in the longest river completely inside Missouri category. That distinction belongs to . …

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Seven of Missouri Wine Country’s Best-Kept Secrets

Missouri is a great state for grape-growing and wineries.

1.       The Country’s First Wine Country! Yes, Augusta, Missouri, was named the first American Viticulture Area on June 20, 1980.  Napa was second.   The Ozark Mountain AVA, encompassing sections of southern Missouri extending into Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma, was established in Aug. 1, 1986.  The Hermann and Ozark Highlands AVA’s were designated later in 1987.  The AVA distinction is …

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