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Lake Wappapello State Park in Tip-Top Shape for Summer

Visitors to Lake Wappapello State Park this summer will find the familiar quiet coves for crappie fishing amid many park facilities that are brand new.

“The park looks better than ever,” said Wanda Doolen, natural resource manager of the park in southeast Missouri. “There were a lot of silver linings to what happened.”

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Visitors to Lake Wappapello State Park this summer will find familiar quiet coves for crappie fishing amid many park facilities that are brand new.

The Natural Bridges and Tunnels of Missouri

Missouri is known as the Cave State, but it also has its share of another geologic wonder – natural bridges and tunnels.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

The massive formations are featured at four state parks – Bennett Spring, Grand Gulf, Ha Ha Tonka and, of course, Rock Bridge Memorial.

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Missouri is known as the Cave State, but it also has its share of another geologic wonder – natural bridges and tunnels

175 Years Later, Hermann Is Still the Heart of Missouri’s German-America

HERMANN, Mo. – In the spring of 1838, steamboats carried German immigrants up the Missouri River to a hilly site that would become the city of Hermann as part of a massive migration that changed the face of Missouri forever.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

They were led by George Bayer, a schoolmaster and surveyor, who laid out the town and assigned lots on 11,300 acres purchased for about $15,000, most from the U.S. government. Since he also was responsible for settling disputes, Bayer was not well liked by the time he died the following spring.

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175 Years Later, Hermann Is Still the Heart of Missouri’s German-America

Hermann Celebrates German Composer

Bach, Brahms and Wagner are three of the big names of the Golden Age of Classical Music, but another prominent German-American composer had roots in Hermann.

His name was William H. Pommer and he was the grandson of German immigrants who arrived in the Missouri River Valley in the early 1800s. He was the youngest son of Fredric Pommer, one of the six children who moved with their widowed mother, Caroline, to Herman in 1839.

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Deutschheim State Historic Site celebrates work of German-American composer with roots in Hermann.

Women’s History in State Parks

Marilyn King loved mastodons. Katharine Ordway loved prairies. Luella Agnes Owen loved caves. And Rita Piacenza loved Thomas Hart Benton.

Women played major roles in the creation of many of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites, so it’s fitting to honor their impact in March, during Women’s History Month. Here are a half dozen of the women, and the stories of their important contributions:

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Women played major roles in the creation of many state parks and historic sites, so it’s fitting to honor their impact in March, during Women’s Histor

Parks Add Audio Tours

The Ice Age has met the Audio Age at Mastodon State Historic Site.

Missouri State Parks chose two sites on either side of the state – Mastodon at the south edge of the St. Louis area and Weston Bend State Park north of Kansas City – for a one-year pilot program to evaluate the OnCell Mobile Tour System in which personal cellphones are used to access audio tours.

OnCell is already providing mobile tours at more than 100 national parks, including battlefields, historic homes and natural areas.

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Missouri State Parks chose two sites on either side of the state for a one-year pilot program to evaluate a mobile tour system.

Trout Fishing in Winter; Peace in the Valleys

Temperatures nearing 40 were melting the weekend snow as Charles and Cindy Maledy unloaded their fishing gear near Missouri’s premier Ozark stream on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

“You get cabin fever, and a day like this is perfect for getting out,” said Charles Maledy. “We normally fish regularly seven to 15 times a winter.”

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Winter is a good time to work on your fly fishing skills before the opening of the catch-and-keep trout season on March 1.

Parks Offer First Day Hikes

SPS_FIRSTDAYHIKES_003Bison, nature’s ice sculptures, maybe an eagle or two - visitors to Missouri State Parks can expect to see these and more when taking part in the 40 First Day Hikes programs scheduled at parks throughout the state on Jan. 1.

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Visitors can see wildlife, scenic views and more when taking part in First Day Hikes programs scheduled at parks throughout the state on Jan. 1.

Explore Missouri’s History on I-70 Road Trip

A magical history tour of the Interstate 70 corridor across Missouri’s mid-section found a mother lode of state parks and historic sites to explore. We discovered musicians, artists, founding fathers, Civil War soldiers and the earliest inhabitants of the state.

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A history tour of the parks and historic sites along I-70 includes musicians, artists, founding fathers, Civil War soldiers and the earliest inhabitan

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