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Landmark Gets a New Life on the Katy Trail

By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks Marthasville, Mo. – Ralph Glosemeyer returned to his boyhood home to help celebrate its rebirth as a pit stop for riders and walkers enjoying the Katy Trail State Park. Glosemeyer, 66, grew up in the white, two-story general store that was built in 1896, three miles west of Marthasville and became a landmark amid ... Read More »

Paradise in the Missouri Ozarks

Rainbow Springs

By Tom Uhlenbrock Dora, Mo. – Dorothy Carpenter describes Rainbow Springs as “a Garden of Eden.” It’s fair to say the spectacular setting is one of the prettiest pieces of paradise the Missouri Ozarks has to offer. The spring, and thousands of wooded acres around it, has been privately owned and preserved by Carpenter’s St. Louis-based family for more than ... Read More »

Maps Focus on Prominent Civil War Sites in Missouri

Jefferson City, Mo. – Finding some of Missouri’s key Civil War sites just got easier, thanks to the Missouri Division of Tourism and Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation. The Foundation’s Missouri’s Civil War Trails™ maps are now available at the nine Official Missouri Welcome Centers located across the state in Conway, Eagleville, Hannibal, Hayti, Joplin, Kansas City, Rock Port and ... Read More »

Missouri’s Spring Festivals in Full Bloom

Photo of Art in the Park, Columbia

Jefferson City, Mo. – Winter’s chill is gone. The sky seems bluer and the landscape is beginning to burst with color. It can mean only one thing: spring has sprung and it’s time to get outside and Enjoy the Show that is Missouri! No matter your preference, there’s a Missouri festival right up your alley. Culture? Thrills and spills? History? ... Read More »

Missouri Caves: A Cool Adventure

Photo of Meramec Caverns, Stanton

Jefferson City, Mo. – Absolute darkness! That’s what you find in a cave. No matter how long you stare into the void, your eyes can never adjust to cave darkness; it will always be, well—dark. Exploring a cave sound exciting? Make no mistake; caves can be exhilarating, entertaining and educational. The Show-Me State is home to thousands of recorded caves. ... Read More »

Explore Civil War History in Missouri

Photo of Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Jefferson City, Mo. – Although  2015 marks the final year of Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration activities, Missouri offers opportunities to connect with this historic part of our nation’s past today, tomorrow and into the future. The first Battle of Bull Run in Virginia, July 21, 1861, was the first major battle of the Civil War. It was followed in rapid ... Read More »

Hollywood Mentors Focus on Missouri Stories

Mentor Philip LaZebnik (left) gives script notes to Missouri Stories Fellow Peter Hanrahan

Jefferson City, Mo. – A 1950s turf battle along the Mississippi River, a church conspiracy and outlaw Jesse James played prominent roles in the winning entries for the inaugural Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship. Sponsored by the Missouri Film Office, Missouri Division of Tourism and Missouri Motion Media Association, the competition yielded more than 50 entries from writers around the U.S. ... Read More »

Spring Means Musical Theater in Missouri

Jefferson City, Mo.–Groundhog and Valentine’s Days are behind us. Soon the sounds of spring will burst to life: a chorus of peepers filling the night, mating calls of native and Neotropical migrant birds echoing through the trees and human voices lifting in song, calling us to another season of musical theatre in the Show-Me State. Spring is such a perfect ... Read More »

Luxury Tour of the Lower Missouri River Valley

The painting “Norton” by Bryan Haynes is featured on the cover of the brochure for the luxury tour of the lower Missouri River Valley.

By Tom Uhlenbrock Jefferson City, Mo. – From the redesigned grounds of the Gateway Arch to the historic cellars of wine country, Dan Burkhardt has put together a five-day tour that shows off the best of St. Louis and the last 100 miles of the lower Missouri River Valley. The tour will begin at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. ... Read More »

Missouri Division of Tourism Honors Industry Leaders

Jefferson City, Mo. – One of Missouri’s most successful and well-known entrepreneurs was among eight award recipients recently recognized for contributions to the state’s tourism industry. During an awards gala at the 46th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism, the Missouri Tourism Commission and Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT) inducted John L. “Johnny” Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, into ... Read More »

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