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JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI
City of Jefferson (colloquially called Jefferson City) was named for Thomas Jefferson, whose Louisiana Purchase secured the region that would become Missouri. A close runner up: Missouriopolis. One extremely enthusiastic local newspaper wrote, in defense of the name, “Men of letters throughout Europe and Americas, hearing it pronounced, will know what is spoken of and where it is. Letters started from London, Paris or Boston, will arrive at their destination without mistakes, and without the circumlocution of a tedious address, without making a pilgrimage to forty places of like names, or having a treatise of geography written on their backs to keep on the right road.” But despite that passionate plea, officials decided Jefferson was a more fitting name.
This is one of the first sites passed by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition, and the city is close to both the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and KATY Trail State Park. The city is also home to the imposing Missouri State Penitentiary, the “bloodiest 47 acres in America.”
Missouri State Penitentiary: Seeing this place, in all its ugly glory, and hearing the long and bloody history of the prison, should keep most any person from doing the crime! Dale is a knowledgeable and entertaining guide, he is also an active employee of the prison system, so he is able to bring reality to the stories he tells. They offer 1, 2,3-hour daylight tours and several late night/overnight ghost tours, which are excellent. Lots to see, from the early buildings to the later ones, gas chamber room, dungeons (The Hole), area where the criminally insane were housed, etc. A good deal of up and down stairs, so be ready for that. Also, heed the warning to dress properly, the buildings are old and not heated, and with sometimes 2-3-foot-thick walls, they hold the cold. May be a bit intense for the pre-teen set. The teens should enjoy, especially if they have the right attitude, and can understand the gravity of the prison and what it meant to be there. You will come away with a new appreciation for the work our prison guards across the country do, in protecting both the general public, and the inmates in their care.
Missouri State Capitol: The Missouri State Capital is an amazing place. The Missouri State Capitol dominates a bluff overlooking the Missouri River and the bronze statue atop its 238-foot-high dome is the first thing that comes into view for visitors of Jefferson City. This state capital is right on the river and if you stand at the top of the hill you can see a lot, and if you lucky to get to the top of the capital you can see amazing things. Missouri’s history and laws are signed in this monument and the interior is beautiful. The history of Missouri is painted all around the dome of the capital and there are amazing pieces of art displayed all in the inside.
You can enjoy seeing the historical rooms like the Senate Chamber and the House Chamber. They are beautiful rooms and display great craftsmanship. This is worth taking a tour there so that you can witness amazing art, architecture, and history in the making.
Lewis and Clark Monument Trailhead Plaza: The Lewis and Clark Monument is an American symbol. These few statues are cool to visit and show a little history. Take a group picture with these cool and adventurous guys. This is a place that you would not spend much time at, but defiantly take a minute to look at. The kids would most likely love to try and climb these and have great memories. Lewis & Clark Monument and the Governor’s Garden can both be seen and appreciated in less than an hour if you are short of time. While the Trailhead Plaza can be appreciated year-round, the Governors Garden is at its peak of beauty when the flowers are blooming. We suggest stopping at the front desk inside the capital to get a map for a walking tour for all the outside monuments around the capital.
Colonel Alvin R Lubker Memorial Safety and Education Center: This museum is located in the bottom of the General Headquarters building of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. This activity is free. There are old cars there, some artifacts seized from Bonnie and Clyde’s hideout in Joplin, MO, and there are many informative displays concerning train safety, drinking and driving, and much, much more. This is also the home of Otto, the talking car!! (He’s a model a ford) there are movies dedicated to any age that you can watch in the onsite theater. If you have a large group, call ahead if you can. The museum guide will give you a brief history of the patrol and is always there to answer questions. All children receive a goody bag, compliments of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Don’t miss this free, informative, and family fun activity!
Canyon Road: It is very impressive to behold the number and scope of the artistic endeavors along both sides of this remarkable street. There are artists creating offerings in all manner of material including, pottery, iron work, wood carving, jewelry, and of course painting. While many items are quite expensive, a closer look should produce enough affordable items to make a stroll to Canyon Road.
Jefferson City is served by Lambert-St. Louis Intl Airport (Saint Louis, MO). It’s an easy flight from Tampa. Rental cars are certainly available. TravelKatz is ready to help make this a fun, memorable vacation for just give us a call at 352-277-7300 or go to travelkatz.com to find out more.
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MISSOURI: Onondaga Cave
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