Friday, April 15, 2016

National Lands: Missouri

St. Louis on the Mississippi river by night. J...
St. Louis on the Mississippi river by night. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial aka. Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse are visible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
St. Louis is famous for its Arch, but the Gateway Arch is just part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. This park honors Jefferson's role is the westward expansion of the country. A tram is available for travelers to visit the top of the Arch. Visitors should know that airport-type security is in place. Items that are not permitted on an airplane are not permitted in the Arch. Interstates 70, 55, 44 and 64/40 are all in the area. Also in St. Louis is the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. In addition to Grant's home, a museum is also on the property. Interstate 44 is the closest of all the interstates that are in the area. The Harry S. Truman National Historical Site provides tours of the President's home and his farm. Interstates 70 and 435 will provide access to the area. The George Washington Carver National Monument is located in the southwestern corner of the state just southeast of Joplin and south of Interstate 44. Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is the site of the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi. It is just south of Springfield and Interstate 44. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways, which is located in the southeastern section of the state, is south of Interstate 44. This park protects the entire river system. Biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and horseback riding are just some of the myriad of activities.

English: Front of the Truman home
English: Front of the Truman home (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Many national trails cross Missouri. The California National Historic Trail travels through ten states. In Missouri the beginning of the trail is to the east of Kansas City. Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail covers eleven states. The trail follows the Missouri River with Interstate 70 as the closest interstate. Running through seven states is the Oregon National Historic Trail. In Missouri the trail begins east of Kansas City and continues west. The Pony Express National Historic Trail begins in St. Joseph which is north of Kansas City on the Missouri River on Interstate 29. In five states is the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. The trail begins near Boonville and travels west through Kansas City. The trail is north of Interstate 70. The Trail of Tears National Historical Trail commemorates the relocation of the Cherokee from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee to Oklahoma. The trail covers nine states. In Missouri the trail travels through the center of the state and then south.

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