April 9, 1917

On this date in Missouri history, the State Park Fund is created to develop Missouri state parks.


April 2, 1923

The old tavern at Arrow Rock was purchased on this date as the first step in saving the town's jewels of American history.


1,000 Miles of Missouri’s Most Unique Museums

A Gentle Giantess, a 250-ton boat that flies, and 550 vacuum cleaners


Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards

The 2020 reader’s choice awards are here.


A Complete 180 at Catalpa in Arrow Rock

Catalpa in Arrow Rock transforms during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In Arrow Rock, the Old Tavern Tradition Lives On

In early America, taverns were as ubiquitous as churches; every town had at least one. In Arrow Rock, that tavern was owned by a man named Joseph Huston. A founding father of the town, he arrived in Missouri in 1819, and helped transform the settlement into a thriving village where the Missouri River and the Santa Fe Trail intersected.


The workers at entrepreneur Daniel Kuhn’s lumber mill harnessed steam power in 1907. Steam power allowed mills to operate anywhere, not just near water, and this operation was located next to the J. Huston Tavern in the heart of Arrow Rock.

Arrow Rock’s Hidden Black History

The National Historic Landmark Village of Arrow Rock Embraces its Diverse Past.


Missouri’s 10 Prettiest Small Towns

Missouri is defined by its small towns as much as anything else. Between our state’s two great metropolises lies our state’s heart—where tiny towns populate great plains and small communities dot the rugged landscape of the Ozark hollows. Some sit high above the Missouri on great river bluffs; some are tucked away in the woods.