Coming from New England, I am used to living among history, most notably Colonial-era hijinks that led to the Revolution. Out here in the Midwest, there is a ton of history as well, mostly about the westward expansion as our nation grew. I have been enjoying touring around and learning more about the area and its role in history. There are two charming towns in Missouri, Arrow Rock and Blackwater, that have totally embraced their place in history and continue to bring it all alive for visitors.

Arrow Rock, MO

arrowAbout the historic village of Arrow Rock, MO: “The historic village of Arrow Rock is an ideal getaway for a day or an entire weekend. The town, a National Historic Landmark, evokes the warm spirit of the past and is full of friendly people, great restaurants and shops, and fascinating historical attractions. Begin your journey to the past with a visit to the old-time Country Store, the town’s tiny post office, and the interesting period shops on Main Street, better known to locals as “The Boardwalk.” Other highlights include the J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi; the Arrow Rock Station, where diners enjoy a year-round Christmas display; Catalpa restaurant, recently voted Best Restaurant in the Best of Rural Missouri reader survey; and, of course, the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Missouri’s oldest professional regional theatre, producing popular professional theatre from June through November.”

Visit the historic village of Arrow Rock, MO online here.

Arrow Rock, MO

blackwAbout Blackwater, MO: “Blackwater is named for the Blackwater river that flows nearby. The river was named after a Native American word that means black water. Blackwater Missouri was founded in 1887 near one of the many coal and water stops for the Missouri Pacific Railroad on the ” river route” that connected the state capital, Jefferson City, with Kansas City, Missouri. The town “boomed” to 600 residents in 1920. The local quarry supplied stone for building roads and buildings. Cattle were penned up headed for the famous stock yards in Kansas City. Farm produce was shipped to market. Supplies, farm equipment and hardware arrived daily. Today you can stand near the windmill over the original town well and close your eyes and step back in time. You can almost hear the steam whistle and smell the pungent coal smoke of the Missouri Pacific. You can almost hear the cattle bellowing. You can almost hear the music and voices from the Arcade saloon.”

Visit the historic town of Blackwater, MO online here.

While in Blackwater, you can pop into the The Bucksnort Saloon, a living museum of a classic saloon of the old west.

bssAbout the Bucksnort Saloon in Blackwater, MO: “Walk through the swinging doors and travel back into the 1880’s. The Bucksnort Saloon is an attraction like none other. A living history cowboy museum for the whole family. Step up to the bar and order a sarsaparilla or one of many old time non-alcohol drinks. On Saturdays and Sundays you can play Faro. Faro was the most popular card game in the west before 1900. This game was played by Doc Holliday and his friend Wyatt Earp as well as many other card sharps. Everything in the Bucksnort Saloon is of the 1880 to 1900 time period determined by archival research and photographs of the time period. Check your guns at the bar and talk to the bartender about a haircut in the 1890 barber chair or a Clean Water bath and shave in the back. Soiled Doves are up-stairs. The outhouse is outside the back door.”

Visit the Bucksnort Saloon online here.