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My 50th State Park

I have been slowly visiting all the State Parks and Historic Sites in Missouri.  There are a total of 52 State Parks and 35 Historic Sites. In one weekend I managed to visit 11. During this trip, my favorite locations were the Battle of Island Mound and Watkins Glen Historic Site.

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Squaw Creek Wetlands

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Bottle Brush

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Around the lake at Wallace State Park

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Watkins Mill House

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The homestead

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At the factory

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Weston Bend looking into Kansas

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Along the trail at Crowder S.P.

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Small town america

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The town is named after the librarian

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Western Missouri Prairies

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at the Battle of Island Mound

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Robert Ford killed Jesse James here

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The Confederate soldiers prayed here

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from the church

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Battle of Lexington

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Lexington

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Digging Deeper into Missouri

I continue my journey to see all of the 90+ Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites.  Some of these places are incredibly remote.  I just can’t imagine many people visit Clark’s Hill or the Osage Village. I am pleased to say that I have.

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State Capitol and Historic Site

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Clark’s Hill: Confluence of the Osage and Missouri Rivers.

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Along a glade

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Coffee in Cole Camp

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Looking for the Bison

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Prairie State Park

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Truman Lake and dam

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Harry S. Truman

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February Forests Filled with Flying Birds

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Just an ordinary Saturday…

I traveled across Missouri for a Science Olympiad Tournament, stumbled on to a state park, and discovered a little coffee shop. Not a bad day. 

Knob Noster gets its name from a few hills (called knobs).  Noster means ‘our’ in the indiginous people’s language from this area. 

Hiking in the winter means no ticks, no mosquitoes, and no other people.  Peace. 

Discovery Trail

Knob Noster State Park

Found Art

One of several lakes.

These are not the correct knobs.

This stream floods the road often

Friendly, welcoming place

The coffee passed the test. Excellent

Pastries. I tried the kolache.

The Wright Stuff

Tower Building

Hovercraft

Burnt Ends just like butter

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