Stories From Missouri Life


Explore: 5 cool state parks

The Show-Me State offers oodles of winter adventure options.

From asphalt to Ozark beauty

How an old street became a bountiful garden.

A trip down memory lane

Impressions linger from a New Year's Eve fish fry.

New faces join Missouri Life

Meet the additions to the magazine's creative team.

New Books!

– DAY TRIPS & GETAWAYS –

Southern Classics: The Kozy

Bloomsdale is a small town of about five hundred. It’s thirty minutes northeast of Farmington, but The Kozy, 710 Highway 61, and its sister restaurant, ninety-five-year-old Dew Drop Inn serve around fourteen thousand customers a month.


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Ride With Us on the Katy Trail in October 2022

This year we're bringing our cross-state ride, Big BAM, to the Katy Trail! We'll kick off in St. Charles on October 6, then camp in Hermann, Jefferson City, Boonville, Sedalia, and finally end in Pleasant Hill on October 11.


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Maple & Main: Music for Buffalo’s boom

By the time Jacquelyn Strickland takes the stage at the back to introduce the evening’s featured musicians—two singer-songwriters, one from Massachusetts, one from Wisconsin–she has already greeted everyone who walked in the front door. And when the lights go down and spotlights shine on Jaquelyn’s son, singer-songwriter and guitarist Lyal Strickland, then on visiting artists Grace Morrison and Camela Widad, the audience is rapt, listening for almost two hours to every note and word.


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– HISTORY –

January 16, 1919

This date in Missouri history. A tragic day for Missouri’s wineries and breweries: Alcoholic drinks were prohibited across the nation. Then came stills in the hills.


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January 15, 1889

The Missouri Reform School was founded at Boonville. (Its existence would be used as a common childhood threat for generations to come.)


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January 14, 1906

On this date in Missouri history: The University of Missouri played its very first basketball game defeating Central Methodist. The overall record that year was 10-6 including two wins over Kansas. 


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Imagining Missouri: The Show-Me State in 2221

Why bother with imagining the future at all? The future is a place to project our hopes, along with our doubts and uncertainties. We invite you to imagine the future as you’d most like to see it, and to think about what Missourians living in the present day can do to reach that imaginary destiny.


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Imagining Missouri: The Show-Me State in 2221

Why bother with imagining the future at all? The future is a place to project our hopes, along with our doubts and uncertainties. We invite you to imagine the future as you’d most like to see it, and to think about what Missourians living in the present day can do to reach that imaginary destiny.


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Memoir-in-Progress: The fish fry

The story about a New Year’s Eve spur-of-the-moment fish fry with fifty or more people showing up at our house is one of those “I remember when” trips down memory lane that might have faded road signs, considering the trip goes back an eon or two to December 31, 1974.

I remember when …


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Shining Times: Missouri’s Fur Trade Story

Fur played a vital role in the early Anglo settlements. It was animal pelts, not tobacco, that the early Virginia colonists first exported. The North American fur trade had a tremendous impact on exploration, colonization, and international politics.


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St. Joseph: More than just a stop on the Pony Express

St. Joseph is home to iconic places, including Jesse James’s home, the Pony Express birthplace, and the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp. History flows through this town where museums tell the stories of this westward jumping-off point and where new stories are beginning.


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– MADE –

Q&A: Back Tail Customs

When Jesse Epple isn’t skateboarding, he’s creating something unique out of wood in his at-home workshop. Over the past few years, he’s learned how to combine both passions. He creates custom wood pieces in the heart of Columbia with scrap wood and recycled skateboards.When Jesse Epple isn’t skateboarding, he’s creating something unique out of wood in his at-home workshop. Over the past few years, he’s learned how to combine both passions. He creates custom wood pieces in the heart of Columbia with scrap wood and recycled skateboards.


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Kansas City’s Master Furniture Maker

Matt Castilleja creates world-class bespoke furniture in the heart of Kansas City.


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More Plants, Less Waste

WallyGro’s eco-friendly planters help grow an environmentally mindful movement.


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– SHOW-ME FLAVOR –

Make Toasted Ravioli at Home

This quick and easy recipe for St. Louis style toasted ravioli is perfect for your next party or potluck.


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Southern Classics: The Kozy

Bloomsdale is a small town of about five hundred. It’s thirty minutes northeast of Farmington, but The Kozy, 710 Highway 61, and its sister restaurant, ninety-five-year-old Dew Drop Inn serve around fourteen thousand customers a month.


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Asphalt unsealed: The farm at Finley Farms

Passing by a familiar corner on one of this southwest Missouri town’s major thoroughfares, Ozark residents may wonder how anyone ever managed to turn an old street into bountiful gardens. 


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– ARTS & CULTURE –

City Scout: St. Louis

St. Louisans may not have visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads this Christmas and New Year's season. Instead, dreams will be filled with artisan toasted ravioli.


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Listen to the Second Episode of Mo’ Curious by Missouri Life!

In our second episode, we delve into the history of communes and utopian communities in Missouri.


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O Little Town

The 2021 Christmas Country Church Tour, set for December 16-17, encompasses more than thirty churches in tiny hamlets, villages, and towns spread across Perry, Bollinger, Ste. Genevieve and Cape Girardeau counties in southeastern Missouri, and one in Kaskaskia, Ill. All but three of the church buildings are more than 100 years old; three churches recently celebrated their 200th anniversaries. Each church on the free, self-guided driving tour is staffed with volunteers eager to share information about the church’s history and traditions.


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