Truckin' through Missouri
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
19Trip End Oct 07, 2012
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From Joplin, we made our way over to Neosho
Having completed our photo ops in Neosho, we stopped at several attractions. The closest one was the George Washington Carver National Memorial. It's in Diamond. It was a lot bigger than we anticipated and it helped to make our day very long. Mike was very excited when he saw the museum and footpath. I think he just loves the unexpected. Anyway, George Washington Carver's life was worth learning about. Essentially, he was a highly-successful agricultural scientist and educator who was the first African American to graduate from his college. Perhaps not unusually, he was born into slavery, one of only three slaves (his parents included) owned by the Carvers. It's very different from those large plantations in the South. It's hard wrap your head around the idea that a couple would buy two other people and, judging from the size and success of the farm, work alongside them! Demonstrating the oddity of the situation, when George's parents died, the Carvers' actually raised George and his brother
We then went to Laura Ingalls Wilder's house which is in a random out of the way locale in Missouri. It was worthwhile if only for the elderly tour guide's awesome accent, which we presume is Missouri. It was something out of Andy Griffith. Y'all come back now, ya hear? I don't think I have time to post Mike's pictures right now so I'll leave that to the imagination for the moment.
Then we went to an old stagecoach stop (pic later). Not worth it! And, on to the town of Cuba which has put up a series of murals on their old route 66 to try to revive business, etc (pics also later). On the way to Cuba, we found the "world's largest rocking chair"! Mike didn't really get how giant it was until we pulled up
Gosh, I was not too happy when I realized that we were an hour and a half from Saint Louis at this point. From Saint Louis to Hannibal was about 2.5 hours. So, we ate dinner in Saint Louis at about 7:30 and only got to our hotel at 10:30-10:45 last night. Ouch!
Well, I have to sign off because Mike is itching to get our day started at the Mark Twain Museum.
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