Tag Archives: Missouri

Slow Down and Enjoy a Missouri Float Trip

With the rushed time schedules we have nowadays, we sometimes forget to notice the beautiful things in life and to take the time to enjoy them. Most of the rivers in Missouri are as natural and unchanged today as they were when the American Indians fished from their banks. And since Missouri was named after an American Indian tribe, one ... Read More »

Memories and Mysteries Revealed in the 1940 Census

If you ask genealogists how they became interested in family history research, many will cite specific childhood memories. Others will point to hints of long-lost family secrets or to a total void of any information. All cite a need to know who they are and where they came from. My interest in history began with the stories my grandparents and ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Missouri’s Tallgrass Prairies: The Show-Me-State’s Big Sky Country

Carpets of scarlet Indian paintbrush, pink shooting stars, lavender wild hyacinth and other early spring wildflowers are the “first wave” of blooms to blanket Missouri’s original prairies. After fall and winter prairie burns, these beauties emerge from the charred earth, followed by a succession of taller wildflowers like late-spring and summer blooming coneflowers, milkweeds, blazing stars, and many native grasses. ... Read More »

Big Games, Big Fun

While a good chunk of the sports universe is focused on Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, folks in the Midwest have their eyes set on a different game. Missouri. Kansas. Saturday night, the rival Kansas Jayhawks come to Mizzou Arena to face the No. 4 Missouri Tigers. With the Jayhawks ranked No. ... Read More »

Missouri: A Winter Wine-derland

If you think wineries are only for the warmer months, think again! I find them to be a great oasis to escape the hustle and bustle, finish shopping, warm up and relax. Decorated for the holidays, and ready to greet you, are more than 100 wineries throughout the state. As the vineyards go into hibernation, the wines ferment and the ... Read More »

Hunting With My Dad Not Typical Outdoor Experience

My Dad used to be a hunter.  He would store his “harvest” in the garage refrigerator for my brother and sisters and me to enjoy at our pleasure.  The garage refrigerator is an appliance that you will find in all of our homes. Dad’s “trophies” were aluminum, plastic, or sometimes bottled.  He did not pursue any firearm hunting.  Dad liked ... Read More »

Enjoying the Madison County Fair

Is there a place other than Missouri where you can find tractor shows, truck shows, cow-milking contests, greased-pig contests, turtle races, tug of war, pumpkin-seed spitting, goat milking, and carnival rides all in one place?  I doubt it, because Missouri has some of the best county fairs around, and, fortunately for Missourians, we have entered county-fair season. Madison County Fair ... Read More »

History Nerd?

Go ahead, call me a history nerd. It’s okay, I often refer to myself that way. You see, I have a real love for history.  Yes, I do possess an ability to recall names and dates, but mostly I think about history in terms of stories; stories of love, passion, murder, intrigue, war and sabotage.  History is every movie you’ve ... Read More »

Kansas City 2012 All Star Committee Travels to AZ

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Kansas City, Missouri will be the host for the 2012 Major League Baseball All Star Game.  This is a significant and historic event for our area, and a particular kudo for the State of Missouri, as we hosted the 2009 All Star Game in St. Louis.  That event was grand, and made history as one of the strongest performance events in the ... Read More »