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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Boonville MO, a town of friendly faces and historic places

Butternut Bread building


Butternut Bread and the old Mitchell MotorCar. What do they have in common? You can learn about both in Boonville, MO.

Friendly residents - the lady
on the L is the granddaughter
of founder. On the right,
a new friend
As many times as I've driven I-70 between Kansas City and St. Louis, I've never visited Boonville until today. I wanted to see Warm Springs Ranch, where the Budweiser Clydesdales are bred. We drove by but needed a reservation to enter the ranch. Knowing we want to tour it, we decided to check out Boonville today and plan for a return trip.

A building with a big Butternut Bread sign first caught my attention and I was hooked. I stopped to take a photo of the mural on the building and met a lovely woman, a lifelong resident who loves her city. She gave me a smattering of history and introduced me to her friend who is the granddaughter of the man who founded Butternut Bread. If you've been around long enough, you'll remember seeing Butternut Bread on grocery shelves.

Boonville Katy Depot
Drawbridge
Boonville, which grew along the Missouri River from Boone's Lick to present-day Boonville, witnessed the Lewis & Clark Expedition, explorers, pioneers, the early days of the railroad and in recent years, the famous Katy Trail which crosses Missouri on the old MKT (Missouri, Kansas and Texas) Railroad bed. The entire trail is designated as a state park. The Spanish-style Boonville Katy Depot has been completely renovated. The old drawbridge crossing the Missouri River is only partially open at this time. For information on the Katy Trail, check out https://mostateparks.com/park/katy-trail-state-park.

Young men I met on the bridge
On the bridge, I met seven young men biking part of the trail. The bridge and river seemed to impress them as much as it impressed me.

When you visit Boonville, the new visitor center and River Rails & Trails Museum is the place to start. You can plan in advance at https://goboonville.com.

On a schedule today, we had little time to explore but plan to return to visit the Mitchell Antique MotorCar Museum (owned and operated by a direct descendant of the Mitchell family). Check it out at https://mitchellcarcollection.com.

We also plan to follow the history tour and take photos of 23 of the area's old buildings and homes that are on the National Register of Historic Places. (https://goboonville.com/2015/boonvilles-historic-walking-tour/)



Missouri River






2 comments:

  1. Pat, it was so nice to meet you and introduce you to my favorite place: BOONVILLE!

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    1. I enjoyed your favorite place and I plan to visit again soon.

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