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Some Interesting Facts about Missouri

This heartland state is as all-American as apple pie. Travel the ragtime route up the Mississippi to St. Louis if beat a trail to jazzy Kansas City, where fountains spring up on shady boulevards.

St. Louis; founded by fur traders in 1764 on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, St. Louis thrived as a bustling center of commerce in to the 20th century. Suburban sprawl forced an inner-city decline, but the St. Louis blues were lifted when Busch Stadium, home of the baseball Cardinals, opened in 1963 and the gleaming Gateway Arch was dedicated two years later on a grassy esplanade by the river.

Today you can ride a tram to the top for views of the mighty river. The revitalization of the city included the restoration of handsome Victorian homes around Lafayette Square, one of the city's first public parks.

Area: 69709 sq.mi, 21st Land 68898 sq. mi., 18th - Water 811 sq. mi.

Ste. Genevieve; the first settlers who came to the Mississippi Valley were French. They left their mark on this charming town, the oldest permanent settlement in the state , with more French Colonial vertical log homes than anywhere else on the continent. Established about 1735, Ste. Genevieve was in the 18th century as big and as brassy as its river-trading rival to the North.

Ironton: at 1,772 feet above sea level in the rugged St. Francois Mountains, Taum Sauk Mountain, nine miles from Ironton, is Missouri's tallest peak. Among the points of interest are the three waterfalls that make up Mina Sauk Falls and the narrow passageway called Devil's Toll Gate. You can hike a portion of the Ozark Trail, through rocky glades studded with prairie grass.

One end of the 17-mile Taum Sauk Trail begins at Johnson's Shut-ins State Park, 20 miles from Ironton on the rolling Black River. Here are canyon-like gorges and fine swimming holes. Nearby are the ancient red granite boulders of Elephant Rocks State Park. The largest-27feet high- is named Dumbo.

A self-guided Braille trail follows a softly sloping paved path past the enormous, rounded rocks. Park Hills: these mine openings once produced nearly 80 percent of the nation's lead. At the Missouri Mines State Historic Site the powerhouse of the St. Joseph Lead Company's Federal Mill No. 3 has been converted into a museum of minerals and Missouri mining history.

At St. Francois State Park, seven miles north, near Bonne Terre, you can drop a canoe into the slow-moving Big River and leisurely drift the day away. The 2,735-acre park has several hiking and equestrian trails; try the Swimming Deer Trail, a slightly strenuous 2.7-mile hike over hilly terrain that dazzles with a crayon box of wildflowers in the warm months. The road follows the river, where picnic sites are plentiful.

Sullivan: four miles east of town, Meramec State Park is a pastorial 6,789-acre river park, where you can rent canoes or inner tubes to traverse the spring-fed Meramec River or camp out on the scenic riverside.

Augusta: scenic alpine hillsides and a citizenry boasting a rich German heritage give this area the nickname the Missouri Rhineland Augusta was founded by German immigrants in the early 1830's. Today it is a flourishing wine center.

Fulton; the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library is a reconstruction of the historic Christopher Wren church of St. Mary Aldermanbury, which suffered severe damage in World War ll. In 1965 the church remains were dismantled and the 7,000 stones were dismantled and the 7,000 stones were numbered scrubbed clean of London soot, and shipped across the ocean.

Hannibal: in Mark Twain's The Adventure of Tom Sawyer, the writer's hometown is immortalized as St. Petersburg, the quaint river hamlet where Tom and Huck found endless adventure. Today Hannibal-a place the writer once described as a "white town drowsing in the sunshine of a summer's morning"-retains its small-town magic, Mark Twain grew up as Samuel L. Clemens in a white clapboard 1843 house. In the five building complex that makes up Mark Twain's Boyhood Home and Museum are a freshly painted picket fence and Norman Rockwell's famous illustrations of Huck and Tom.

Kansas City and River Country are spectacular sites to see.