Show Me Small-Town Missouri
Published by: Indiana University Press
Where was Mark Twain born? What city has claim to a president who was only president for a day? Who has the best paddling trips in the Ozarks? What about the World's Largest Gift Store? Find these answers and more in Show Me Small-Town Missouri.
Award-winning author Jake McCandless, a lover of small towns and adventures, traveled the state in search of amazing local experiences to share this treasure trove of what you can find in often-overlooked towns across Missouri. Featured are 90 sparkling gems found in all four of the state's geographical regions—the Northern Prairie, the Southwest Osage Plain, the Ozarks, and the Bootheel Lowlands. The must-see attractions, activities, restaurants, sweet shops, specialty shops, and unique vacation spots are showcased in full-color images with an easy-to-follow index to help you plan your trip.
From galleries to hiking trails, candy factories to wineries, lakeside attractions to the best fireworks displays, Show Me Small-Town Missouri has everything you need to know for a day, weekend, or week full of fun.
IntroductionNorthern Plain1. Chillicothe2. Clarksville3. Defiance4. Excelsior Springs5. Florida6. Fulton7. Hamilton8. Hannibal9. Jamesport10. Louisiana11. Marshall12. Mexico13. Parkville14. Plattsburg15. Rocheport16. Sturgeon17. Sumner18. Weston19. Wright City
Southwest Osage Plain20. Bolivar21. Carthage22. Clinton23. Diamond24. El Dorado Springs25. Grain Valley26. Higginsville27. Hornet28. Lamar29. Lexington30. Nevada31. Peculiar32. Sibley33. Tightwad34. Warrensburg35. Weaubleau36. Webb City
Ozarks37. Arrow Rock38. Blackwater39. Bonne Terre40. Boonville41. Branson42. Burfordville43. Camdenton44. Centerville45. Crystal City46. Cuba47. Davisville48. Eminence49. Exeter50. Hermann51. High Ridge52. Imperial53. Ironton54. Jadwin55. Kimberling City56. Kimmiswick57. Lake Ozark58. Lesterville59. Mansfield60. Marionville61. Monett62. Neosho63. New Haven64. Noel65. Osage Beach66. Osceola67. Pacific68. Park Hills69. Phillipsburg70. Pineville71. Roaring River72. Rockaway Beach73. St. James74. St. Robert75. Stanton76. Ste. Genevieve77. Strafford78. Warsaw79. Washington80. Wheatland81. Van Buren
Bootheel Lowlands82. Bloomfield83. Charleston84. Dexter85. Doniphan86. Hayti87. Kenneth88. Malden89. New Madrid90. SikestonGo!
I was born and raised in Missouri. My career as a race car driver has taken me all over the United States. Although I have great memories from many places, some of my favorite spots are in the Show Me State! Racing at dirt tracks in small towns across the state, spending time with life long friends, taking in a Cardinals game, family float trips on the river, and eating at local restaurants that serve regional specialties always remind me of how proud I am of my home state.~Ken Schrader]]>,