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Things to do in St. Charles

    First Missouri State Capitol First Missouri State Capitol Jefferson City, Missouri
    The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri is the third capitol building built in the city, finished in 1917, and the domed monstrosity was designed by Tracy and Swarthout. The dome of the structure rises 238 feet above the ground and is topped with a bronze statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, while the entire structure rises above the Missouri River and if you arrive by river boat, it is the first site you have of the city. Within its walls is the secretary of state's office, the governor's office, the lt. governor's office, both legislatures, the state treasurer's office and the state auditor's office along with some governmental agencies. The magnificent building is well known for its outstanding architectural features, which include eight 48 foot columns on the south portico, that also has a statue of Thomas Jefferson in front of them, six 40 foot columns on the north side, a marvelous 30 foot wide stairway and bronze front doors, with each one measuring 13 feet by 18 feet, which are the biggest cast bronze doors since the Roman era, thousands of years ago. There are many beautiful statues located around the building, with heroic bronze figures that highlight the state's two great rivers, the Mississippi and the Missouri, which were created by Robert Aitken, and the Jefferson statue that was created by James Earle Fraser. There is a bronze relief that depicts the signing of the Louisiana Purchase, with the relief created by Karl Bitter and the purchase signing by Livingston, Monroe and Marbois, along with the Fountain of the Centaurs made by A. A. Weinman. The north side has a frieze showcasing the history of the state by Hermon Atkins MacNeil, and on the south is one by Alexander Stirling Calder that complements the northern sculpture. The figure of Ceres on the top was created by Sherry Fry and the impressive pediment that is sitting above the entrance was done by Weinman. The first floor contains the state museum, with many friezes, paintings and pediments decorating the interior. One of the most delightful images that greet visitors inside is the Thomas Hart Benton murals that are located in the house lounge, and the magnificent grand staircase is flanked by huge heroic bronze statues of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. On the third floor, at the rotunda, is the Hall of Famous Missourians, with many bronze busts of these steadfast pioneers that have been honored for their contributions and achievements to the state. There is a whispering gallery in the upper dome with a small viewing platform on the dome's roof, just below the statue of Ceres, but aren't normally open to the public unless there is a special occasion. This is the most popular attraction in the city, with many school groups coming here, especially when the assembly is in session and these stalwart citizens are avid listeners and really enjoy watching their congress people hard at work, solving the many problems that harass state and local governments today.

    Missouri Wing Commemorative Air Force
    Missouri Wing Commemorative Air Force St. Charles, MissouriThe Commemorative Air Force in St. Charles, Missouri is a volunteer organization that is devoted to preserving the planes and history of WWII, created in 1980 with dedicated enthusiasts starting the squadron of the Commemorative Air Force in St. Louis, Missouri, getting its wing status in 1981 as the 25th C.A.F. Wing. The organization has grown to include more than 180 members, and runs a small WWII Memorabilia Museum, with three operational WWII aircraft; an Aeronca L-3, a North American B-25J Mitchell bomber and a Grumman TBM Avenger Torpedo bomber. In 1984, it moved to its present facilities in St. Charles, with the field used begin built during an unprecedented military mobilization before WWII. It would become one of the finest flight-training fields constructed by the Navy, with many American and British pilots coming here to make practice landings and take-offs on the eight 800 foot runways that crisscrossed the field, in the shape of an eight pointed star.  The museum would be destroyed in the Great Flood of 1993, losing the majority of the wonderful collections, and the housing a complete loss, so the wing decided to put what was left of its collections into a temporary trailer it rented from the St. Charles County Highway Department. Then, in the spring of 2004, the wing decided there wasn't enough room in the old trailer to house all of its relics, since they continued to be donated to the museum, so they rented an old hangar from the airfield, and moved all their artifacts into it, where it is located today.

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    August A. Busch Conservation AreaAugust A. Busch Conservation Area St. Charles, Missouri
    The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in Missouri is a 6,987 acre conservation area that is owned and managed by the state's department of conservation, located in St. Charles County, Missouri, bought by the department with the wonderful help of Alice Busch, the wife of August Anheuser Busch, Sr. in 1947 from the US government. The conservation area contains 550 acres of ponds and lakes, with a big amount of recreational activities for all that visit here. At the present, there are 32 lakes that are available to be fished in, and these are all stocked by the department of conservation, with sunfish, black bass, muskellunge, catfish, bluegill and trout. There are numerous hiking and biking trails located all through the area, with the longest being the Busch Hiking and Biking trail that is 3.2 miles and the shortest, as well as wheel chair accessible, the Fallen Oaks Nature trail that is .7 mile long. The area has enjoyed many improvements to enhance all of its outstanding activities, and include, boardwalks around nature viewing areas, ramps and concrete fishing areas.

     Missouri Bluffs Golf Club
    Missouri Bluffs Golf Course St. Louis, Missouri
    The Missouri Bluffs Golf Club near St. Louis, Missouri just happens to be one of the finest championship courses in the state, with its outstanding challenging layout and the marvelous views. It was opened in 1995, and is the only area golf club designed by the legendary golf course architect, Tom Fazio, with the course's care being the top priority, along with taking great care of all its guests. The golf shop is more than just a golf shop, it is a full service golfing headquarters with excellent fashion clothes, apparel, equipment, shoes and accessories, along with the best clubs in the business including, Callaway, Taylor-made, Cobra and Titliest. They do offer a club fitting service that will fit the clubs to you and the way you like to play. The fashionable clothes are from Footjoy, Polo, Nike, Adidas, Fairway & Greene, Greg Norman and more, so you can chose the best clothes and shoes to go with your play, making it a destination worth traveling to. They also offer lessons for whatever help you might need, with the best pro shop and help in the state. The practice area is a large zoysia range, with many targets, bunkers and other hazards that will make you feel like you are really playing the course, so you are definitely going to improve your game or know why. The chipping area is perfect to improve and get stoked for your tee time, and is right next to the practice zone so you don't have to walk all over the place to find it and lose valuable playing or practicing time. You will never have to worry about running out of balls, since those are unlimited, and there is always someone around that is willing to help your swing should you need it. There shouldn't be any reason for you not to play a round or two, while spending time in the area, getting some quality time in at a famous golf course that offers something for everyone and all levels and skills of golf are encouraged and enjoyed. You can come here without anything to play golf with and leave with all the necessary equipment that you might need, along with outstanding professional help to improve or even start your golfing game, and feel like you have conquered it all.

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Local Restaurants in St. Charles

    Lewis & Clark's Restaurant
    Entrees, served with house or Caesar salad, honey buttered wheat roll & choice of baked potato, FF, Creole rice or beans & rice; prime rib au jus 8, 12, or filet; blackened chicken on bed of Creole rice; medallion is bacon wrapped filet with crabmeat, artichoke & hollandaise sauce; marinated tenderloin kabob; grilled center cut pork chops with chunky applesauce; chicken Oscar is grilled chicken breast, crabmeat, asparagus spears, topped with hollandaise, on rice pilaf; chicken Tampico is grilled boneless breast of chicken, steamed veggies, chile con queso, on Creole rice; chicken teriyaki topped with grilled pineapple, on bed of rice pilaf; deep fried jumbo shrimp breaded & served with cocktail sauce on bed of rice pilaf; Cajun BBQ jumbo shrimp sautéed in butter & Cajun spices on bed of Creole rice; shrimp Hawaiian sautéed in pineapple juice, garlic & butter, on rice pilaf; mahi mahi; halibut; swordfish; penne with salsiccia is penne pasta topped with red sauce, Italian sausage, onions & peppers; fettuccini alfredo with garlic bread; steamed veggie platter on bed of Creole rice with melted cheese, salsa & wheat roll; chicken strip dinner with sweet & sour sauce; chicken pesto platter is grilled chicken, cheese, pesto sauce with side of fettuccini alfredo; grilled chicken & eggplant is penne pasta topped with grilled chicken, eggplant, mozzarella cheese & red sauce; eggplant parmesan platter is deep fried, topped with red sauce, mozzarella & sautéed mushrooms with side of fettuccini alfredo.

    Trailhead Brewing Company
    Entrees, served with brewhouse or Caesar salad & honey buttered panina bread, choice of baked potato, FF, maple roasted sweet potatoes or 3 cheese potatoes au gratin; grilled Caribbean chicken is jerk spiced, topped with slice of pineapple, served on bed of rice with side of mango chutney; grilled salmon fillet is sesame flavored marinade on bed of rice; center cut pork loin medallions slow smoked, grilled & topped with BBQ sauce, served on bed of rice; prime rib spice rubbed, slow smoked, 8, 12, 16oz. choice; grilled jerk mahi mahi fillet lime finish on bed of rice; filet battered portabella strips garnish; ribeye battered portabella strips garnish; fish & chips is deep fried ale battered cod served with FF, cole slaw & tartar sauce; shrimp & chips is deep fried jumbo shrimp with FF, cole slaw, cocktail sauce; BBQ smoked chicken breast with cole slaw, choice of fries, baked beans or potato salad; smokehouse combo is half rack & chicken breast served with cole slaw, choice of fries, baked beans or potato salad; country style pork ribs slow smoked & grilled with chipotle glaze, cole slaw, choice of FF, baked beans or potato salad; sausage platter is slow smoked & grilled bratwurst, knockwurst, weisswurst with sauerkraut, potato salad, sliced cheeses & marble rye.

Marinated Tenderloin Kabob Lewis & Clark's Restaurant St. Charles, Missouri

 

Cajun BBQ Jumbo Shrimp Lewis & Clark's Restaurant St. Charles, Missouri

 

 

 

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    Augusta Historical Museum Augusta Historical Museum Augusta, Missouri
    The Augusta Historical Museum in Augusta, Missouri is the former split level brick house constructed by August Sehrt, and his wife, Catherine, in 1861, arriving here as immigrants from Hannover, Germany. August was an experienced carpenter and had handcrafted caskets and furniture in the downstairs stonewalled workroom, along with cultivating grapes and fruit trees on the 8 acres that surrounded the house. Catherine was kept quite busy with the two boys and eight girls, and the city would acquire the estate in 1975 from the descendants of the Sehrt family, converting the property into a museum and town park. It is one of eight houses in the city that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior has gone through some extensive renovations and period furniture has been installed, with some still there from the original that had been hand made by August. The first floor houses a meeting room, that highlights a Civil War collage, the family papers, a display titled, Augusta in Photos and archival documents. The 1860 bedroom is open to view and contains a big walnut wardrobe, 1870 rocker doll, rope bed, immigrant trunk, as well as two mannequins dressed in period wedding dresses. On the bottom floor, there is a workroom and kitchen, with pie saver, cooking range, and cabinet, along with old ice skates, jugs, sewing basket and lanterns. The workroom contains many old period tools that were used for the manufacture of caskets, from 1870, as well as blacksmithing tools of the early 1900s, railroading and athletics in the city from the same period.

    Confluence Point State Park
    Jones-Confluence Point State Park MissouriThe Edward "Ted" and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park in southeast Missouri is the state park that sits on the north side of the river where it joins the Mississippi River, about 8 miles north of the St. Louis arch, opening in May, 2004 and contains some 1118 acres of bottomland and shores that is a part of the Confluence Greenway. It was at this point that the Lewis and Clark Expedition started from back in 1804. It has become a marvelous birdwatching area, with many trails now being laid, and which will eventually connect with the Katy Trail that goes along for 225 miles across the state and enters the west side of the park. The park is named in honor of Pat and Ted Jones, who had donated $2.2 million for its creation. There are numerous exhibits that explain and inform visitors about the importance that these two rivers have played in the history of our great country, with a short trail filled with interpretive signs as you journey to the confluence. There is a restoration planned for the natural floodplains located there, which will enhance the wetlands and indigenous vegetation that is already growing there. Millions of migrating birds have been coming here for years, and now it is readily available to all to come and enjoy the various species of birds, raptors, shore birds, wading birds, songbirds and waterfowl. Some of the more common include; great blue herons, American white pelicans, American bald eagles, gulls, geese and many varieties of songbirds.

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    Daniel Boone HomeDaniel Boone Home Defiance, Missouri
    Daniel Boone's house in Defiance, Missouri was constructed by the Boone family, and became his permanent home between 1803 and 1811, and then less frequently from that year until his death in 1820. It is a Georgian style house, with various other types of architecture located in the Boonesfield Village located adjacent to it. In 1973, they would put it on the list of the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a National Historic Site, and a lovely large home with four stories of limestone walls that are two and a half feet thick, and the kitchen located in the cellar, or bottom floor. It looks down on the village that is made up of more than a dozen 19th century structures that include the carpenter's shop, gristmill, Old Peace Chapel and schoolhouse. These historical structures were all located within a fifty mile radius of the site, and moved here to incorporate them all into a quaint and historical village. It affords the visitors of today the opportunity to see and explore the various places that the pioneers worked in, lived and thrived in. Daniel was very well known by the time the Spanish government invited him to come and settle the lands that would become known as Missouri, which greatly enticed him since the state he helped settle and grow, was becoming increasingly crowded, in Kentucky. He was 65 years old when he and his family moved to the new territory, bringing his wife, Rebecca and a few of his children, acquiring 850 acres of land that was some four miles from his house. The house has been named after Daniel, but it is actually the former site of his son, Nathan Boone, since he preferred being here than in his own house. It would take four years to construct the large house and its four stories, with 2.5 feet thick walls, built that way for protection for the local tribes and any marauders that might attempt to dissuade them from coming here to settle. Daniel was quite busy in the new territory acting as the judge, or Syndic and commandant of the region; which he held until his death in 1820. The area would provide all the necessities of living, good hunting and fishing, excellent land that was outstanding for farming, filled with trees and plants, clear natural water and a great environment to raise his family, as well as bringing in others to help it develop. Many great legends and myths have grown up around Daniel Boone, with some true and others more embellished, but all in all, he was a great hunter and explorer, a man of the wilderness and also a modern man of great ideas and thinking that would help develop the western lands. He is one of the few great Americans that helped develop this country, that lived without thoughts of becoming rich or famous, but became both because of his unquenchable thirst to explore and discover.

    Haviland Museum
    Haviland Museum St. Charles, MissouriThe Haviland Museum is located in the Newbill-McElhiney House in St. Charles, Missouri, constructed during two different periods, one in 1838 by Franklin S. Newbill, a rich local mill owner, and then again in 1858, by a wealthy doctor and state legislator, Dr. William McElhiney; who added a three story addition and attic onto the original house that stood there. The addition would also add a more symmetrical look to the historic house. In 1842, David Haviland would begin producing Haviland China in Limoges, France, selling the wares in America. David had come to the Limoges area because of the excellent clay located there, and in the beginning he bought the china and imported it to America for his family's business, and then started producing it himself. Theodore Haviland would begin his own china company in 1893, which was moved to the United States during the Second World War, and the Havilands coming back as well. The company still produces fine china today, but it is no longer run by the family. The museum was created to showcase these outstanding pieces, and has about a thousand pieces of the excellent china exhibited in it, made from the 1850s to the 1920s, with a splendid display of oyster plates, soup tureens, game sets and a magnificent mural of 19th century Limoges created by Evangeline Groth, many unique pieces, a dining table set in the Victorian style of that period and exquisite serving dishes. The museum is located in the first floor of the house, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1938. It is run by Donna Hafer, the owner of this excellent collection of china, and the story really started in 1839, when David Haviland, a china importer in New York City, received a request to replace a broken china cup. He was so impressed by the quality of the china, that he had to travel to France to find the manufacturer, since he knew that it had come from there, but not exactly who made it. David found the area, Limoges, that had been making fine china for many years. He started importing the beautiful china ware back to the US, although he had some minor problems in the beginning. The makers of the fine china would only make those pieces that had been made for years, and wouldn't take any types of orders that weren't related to those pieces, even though the market in this country wanted various other pieces, and the amount of china made wasn't nearly enough to fill the orders that Haviland had. David would then build his own manufacturing plant in Limoges, making those marvelous pieces that his customers desired and demanded. The Haviland china has become one of the finest and most sought after china in the world because of its hard porcelain and the extra protection from double-glazing. Another reason would be the pure whiteness of the porcelain, along with the outstanding shapes and hand painted patterns that would adorn the wares; spanning from the most simple to the elite gold trimmed, with flowers, animals, birds and other images. The company would eventually make special orders for restaurants, institutions, Presidents and railroads.

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    French Heritage MuseumFrenchtown Heritage Museum St. Charles, Missouri
    The French Heritage Museum in St. Charles, Missouri was initially housed in an 1880 firehouse, called the Fourth Ward Hook and Ladder Company or Hose Company #2. In 1943, the Brown Brothers Garage converted the old structure to suit its needs and then in 2003, it would become the Frenchtown Heritage Museum and open a room for public viewing filled with many outstanding artifacts and exhibits. Their collections include the Evidence of Life exhibit, which had been the legacy of the area's own historian, the late Richard Vinson; as well as the Achelpohl, Ell, McKee-McAdam and Lindenwood collections, and the biggest collection of late 19th and early 20th century African American studio photographs. The main exhibit hall is the large room facing the street, through double doors, with the ceiling showing the remains of a device that held two horse harnesses suspended from it; and showcases a 9/11 memorial to the heroic firemen of NYC, an 1850 hand-drawn hook and ladder wagon, an old-fashioned firehouse model, a photographic exhibit of the structure's history and Hose Company #2, an American car foundry exhibit and a St. Charles borromeo and Academy of the Sacred Heart exhibits. The Garden Hall contains architectural and business displays with big windows allowing the natural light to filter in and French doors that lead to the outdoor Heritage garden and 1929 Santa Fe caboose. Their permanent displays include; Frenchtown historical business exhibit, model railroad exhibit with Frenchtown historic structures and streets and the Frenchtown architecture exhibit. Its marvelous research room contains the museum's research files, computers with a database of its collections and reference books. There are outstanding photographic displays on the walls of the room with many of them copies from original photographs from its collection, some more than a century old, and it is available for rental for meetings, or conferences, with chairs and tables available as well. There is a little gift counter by the doorway that sells excellent sketches of the Frenchtown's houses, coloring books, history books, posters and postcards.

    Foundry Art Center
    Foundry Art Center St. Charles, MissouriThe Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, Missouri was developed in 1985, when John and J. Luray Schaffner came to the area after being offered jobs, moving from Alexandria, Virginia; with John working as a architect with the May Company and sculptor, while J. Luray was a mixed media artist. The couple would be founding members of the Torpedo Factory, along with Joyce Rosen, another founding director. They talked about having a marvelous art center like the factory in the St. Charles area, and soon Joyce was writing business plans for the new art center. In 1993, the mayor the city, Grace Nichols and Richard Sacks, one of the board members of the festival shown were looking over the plans, and soon the development of the Foundry Art Center was under way. A group from the city went to Alexandria to look over the Torpedo Factory and soon returned with many new and wonderful ideas for their own center. It now sits inside a marvelous train car factory, from the 1940s that was owned by the American Car and Foundry company, and instead of tearing it down and building a newer center, they decided to rejuvenate it and after $2.2 million was spent in doing that the premier, interactive, interdisciplinary art center opened. The outstanding center is now home to the region's finest art center, dedicated to raising the awareness of art and appreciation of it. Constantly in motion, the center has many unique programs that enhance the art experience of the community and those artists whose works are showcased here. The center contains 5200 square feet of space that will host national exhibitions, with special touring displays, juried competitions and curated displays hosted in the other galleries. There is a stage located in the grand hall that offers space for community concerts and performances, with studios constructed on the mezzanine for artists, and open glass fronts so that visitors can come here and watch the progress of their outstanding works. Current exhibitions include; in gallery I and II Handle with Care: Glass, with many beautiful works of art in glass, gallery III is Tim Black, Mike Sleadd, Christopher Lowrance and Michael Reedy; in the Ameristar gallery is the works of emerging artist, Joe Meiser, and the Open-Foundry Working Artists' Studios.

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    Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature CenterLewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center St. Charles, Missouri
    The Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center in St. Charles, Missouri is the discovery expedition's permanent home, sitting alongside the Missouri River at Bishop's Landing and showcasing excellent exhibits of the famous expedition that left from here and the outstanding Missouri River ecosystem. On the top floor of the magnificent nature center, the museum sits with excellent displays that include dioramas showcasing the highlights of the famous expedition, numerous river habitats that were found along the way and many Native American exhibits. Their tour is self-guided, with an informational brochure that contains all kinds of activities for people of all ages. They have an indoor mural about the Missouri River walk that is the biggest in the state, and visitors will gain some insight into what the city of St. Charles looked like during that period. The gift shop is called the Trading Post and contains many books about the expedition, and four half-scale structures from the old city that showcase the various architectural styles of the city during the 18th and 19th centuries. There are numerous habitats located outside the center, on its grounds, that contain native plants of the area when the famous men came here to start on their adventure, with small garden plots that grow specialty plants, like herbs, flowers and crops. A wonderful nature trail intersperses the property's woodland areas, and a marvelous wetland that is quite typical to this area, containing many animals and plants. The boat house is found on the bottom level, with full-scale copies of the boats that Lewis and Clark used during their expedition, along with the Corps of Discovery. The Discovery Expedition is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to rediscovering the legacy of the expedition, promoting the education and study of the nation's history and heritage using living history demonstrations and discussions.

    St. Charles County Historical Society
    St. Charles County Historical Society St. Charles, MissouriThe St. Charles County Historical Society in St. Charles, Missouri is dedicated to the preservation of historical documents and relics that pertain to the county's history, preserving the primary and secondary source materials that again, pertain to the history of the county and city with a large amount of the collections indexed to make it easier for visitors and other interested parties in discovering their roots and history. The structure housing the society celebrated its 175th anniversary in 1998, located on Main Street, initially called the Market and Fish House, since William G. Pettus, the Secretary of State, realized the importance of a market local to the citizens of the city, with fishermen and farmers bringing in their goods, to sell to the local community. In 1822, an ad was placed in the local paper, the Missourian, asking for bids on the building and land; with the Pettus family buying a piece of property on Main and Jefferson Streets from Antoine Reynal, the owner of the lot since 1800 and owner of the St. Charles Fur Trading Company. In 1823, a two story structure would be constructed there and opening as the Market and Fish House, but only as a portion of the outstanding building that is located there today. The Pettus family lived only a few blocks away, originally from Virginia, and a veteran of the War of 1812. He would serve as the clerk of the Missouri Supreme Court, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Missouri Constitution Convention, writing the first Missouri constitution; while his wife, Caroline, was the hostess for farewell parties for those state officials that were in office when the state capitol was moved from the city to Jefferson in 1826.  The market has stalls and booths that were available for produce, outside lamps for lighting, a large scale to weigh the wagons in, wooden benches around the building and a big bulletin board that was used to post private and public notices. It would become a very popular place and quite successful, with the town band playing there once a week. In 1832, the county purchased it, adding more booths and charging for them, as well as adding booths for the women of the community to sell their handcrafted items. After three years of doing this, the county sold it to the city, which continued its venues until 1876, when a hurricane blew the roof off. It was soon replaced, in a different shape, and would be used as a market and fish house until 1886, when it would be expanded 20 feet to the east, and windows added to the front. The booths were taken out so the whole structure could be converted to a city hall, until 1973, when it had become too small to take care of the needs of a city that was still growing and built a new one.

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