Missouri Historic Sites

By Leslie Stroope Premium

American Jazz Museum

1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108, (816) 474-8463 <>: Be-bop your way around this celebration of jazz in the city where masters such as Charlie Parker and Count Basie defined the sounds of the ’20s and ’30s.


Arabia Steamboat Museum

400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106, (816) 471-1856 <>: Behold the booty of the exhumed steamboat Arabia, which sank in 1856 with passengers’ belongings, merchandise bound for frontier stores and 400 barrels of fine Kentucky bourbon.

Harry S. Truman National Historic Site

223 N. Main St., Independence, MO 64050, (816) 254-9929 <>: The home where Harry S. Truman lived between 1919 and 1972 features thousands of his family’s possessions. Visit the Truman Farm in neighboring Grandview, too.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

11 N. Fourth St., St. Louis, MO 63102, (314) 655-1700 <>: Dedicated to the president who negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, this monument features the Museum of westward Expansion, the courthouse where the first Dred Scott trials took place and St. Louis’ most familiar symbol, the gleaming Gateway Arch.

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

120 N. Main St., Hannibal, MO 63401, (573) 221-9010 <>: Historical buildings and interactive displays show how steamboat captains’ shouts inspired Samuel Langhorne Clemens to adopt the name Mark Twain and pen some of his best-loved tales.

The Missouri History Museum

5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112, (314) 746-4599 <>: Built in 1913 on the grounds of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, this museum retells the histories of St. Louis, Missouri, the Louisiana Purchase and the American West.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108, (816) 221-1920 <>: Multimedia exhibits chronicle African-American baseball teams, such as the New York Black Yankees and the Kansas City Monarchs, which flourished until baseball was fully integrated in 1959.

Pony Express National Museum

914 Penn St., St. Joseph, MO 64503, (816)279-5059 <>: Witness the legacy of the short-lived but legendary mail service between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif.

Ste. Genevieve Museum

Court House Square, Du Bourg Place and Merchant St., Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670, (573)883-3461 <>: This museum, built in 1935 for the town bicentennial, has weapons, American Indian relics and other artifacts of Missouri’s first permanent settlement.

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

6424 W. Farm Road 182, Republic, MO 65738, (417)732-2662, ext. 227 <>: The site of the first major Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River remains in near-pristine condition. Visit its museum to see Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne’s sword belt and sash, and the “Cherokee Braves” flag.

Visitor Information

• Missouri Divsion of Tourism

Box 1055


Jefferson City, MO 65102

(573) 751-4133


From the May 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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