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The summer of Tom Sawyer

Fifty years ago, Hollywood came to Arrow Rock.

Jefferson City salutes America

Start your next summer adventure with this to-do list.

World Cup comes to K.C.

Kansas City is a FIFA World Cup 2026 host city.

Lake days? That's my M-O.

Here's your quick guide to Show-Me State lakes.

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Kansas City named FIFA World Cup 2026 host city

Kansas City was officially named a FIFA World Cup 2026 host city on Thursday as FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, announced the 16 bids selected across the United States, Mexico and Canada to host matches for the largest event in World Cup history. 


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Clydesdales greet Missouri Life staff during tour

Following the Missouri Life magazine quarterly staff meeting at the publication's office in Rocheport on Friday, June 3, the group toured Warm Springs Reach, one of the homes of the Budweiser Clydesdales.


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Big BAM Announces 2022 Ride Route

Missouri Life Magazine’s Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) will ride across Route 66 in June. The upcoming annual six-day recreational ride across our state will be hosted by the following towns: Joplin, Willard, Lebanon, Waynesville, Rolla, Cuba, and Eureka.  


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– HISTORY –

Fifty Years Later, the Legend of Mo Mo Lives On

Are the woodland critters and birds announcing the arrival of a man at the edge of their briar-laden haven? Or is there something else in those woods, perhaps something that resembles the something that set this town on edge and hatched an international news sensation 50 years ago?


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June 30, 1823

On this date in history, Missouri's first secretary of state, Joshua Barton, was killed in a duel.


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June 29, 1842

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June 28, 1804

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– OUTDOORS –

The WashMoBros gear up and ride Big BAM 2021

It was certainly a desire to ride through the state’s green and rolling-hill countryside in summertime that attracted us. Maybe there was a pain component, too, that was curiously, if a little perversely, compelling—confronting the dreaded beast that is humidity in Missouri’s hottest months. 


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The enduring legend of Mo Mo

The Missouri Monster—Mo Mo—became part of Missouri history and folklore 50 years ago in July 1972. While I never had an encounter with that Mo Mo, there was another, different Mo Mo that actually lived with us. Let me explain.


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Juneteenth features free admission at Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden will offer free admission to all visitors on Sunday, June 19 in honor of Juneteenth. Visitors can spend a restful and restorative day in the Garden and partake in special activities planned for the day. 


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Glamping the day (and night) away

Glamorous camping—"glamping"—seemed to be right up my alley and in a way, it was how I could get the best of both worlds by enjoying the outdoors and nature, while also having the same luxuries offered at home.


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– MADE –

Assessing the Sit-uation

Once seated on my loaner Soul Seat, I knew I needed to make a couple of adjustments to the height of the lower platform, as well as the upper one, also called “the perch.” After these quick customizations, I was ready to roll. Or not. 


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GLOW ON: Artisans create neon masterpieces

Fossil Forge is one of the premier neon sign makers in the nation. A signature of Fossil Forge’s work is the attention to detail.


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Chillicothe shop woos quilters and fabric artists

As the owner of The Salty Hippo in Chillicothe, Amy Jackson combines state of-the-art screen-printing equipment, top-drawer graphic design talent, and inspiration from Mother Nature. The resulting fabric designs, coveted by quilters and other fabric artists, cannot be found anywhere else in the world.


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Artisan Cheese Festival Celebrates Missouri Cheesemakers

A country festival with skilled Missouri artisan cheesemakers as the main attraction is ready to begin a three-day run May 20-May 22 at McKelvey Vineyards at 8901 Highway YY near New Haven in Franklin County.


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– SHOW-ME FLAVOR –

La Habana Vieja brings authentic Cuban flavors to Springfield

Springfield restaurant La Habana Vieja, which is named after Old Havana in the capital city of Cuba, features a menu that focuses on traditional Cuban favorites. Co-owned by Ted Tabor and Freddie Flores, the restaurant celebrates its first anniversary this month.


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Foraging for a feast

If a locavore-centric restaurant that serves multicourse flights inspires your food-loving soul, Bulrush is a destination worth exploring. The restaurant, located in midtown St. Louis on Washington Boulevard, brings together historical Ozarks food and the creative culinary techniques of Chef/Owner Rob Connley.


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Find Dining: Appetite for history at The Ozark Mill

Just as the restored early 19th-century structure at The Ozark Mill at Finley Farms honors the community’s heritage, the lunch and dinner menus at the restaurant pay homage to regional foods and recipes.


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– ARTS & CULTURE –

The Artist’s Residence: Thomas Hart Benton

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources acquired the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site site in 1977, two years after the death of the Neosho-born artist.


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Blackout poetry: The Battle of the Backyard

Missouri Life magazine readers will recognized the image below, but the new spin—a blackout poem based on the article "The Battle of the Backyard," by Missouri Life columnist Ron Marr—gives the article unique perspective.


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When Hollywood Came to Arrow Rock

Fifty years ago this summer, a major Hollywood film company arrived in mid-Missouri for a nine-week shooting schedule to film a widescreen musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic 1876 book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.


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Odessa Students Selected for Virtual Smithsonian Exhibit

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is showcasing 51 student National History Day projects, including a video exhibit created by two eighth grade students from Odessa Middle School.


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