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Danita Allen Wood
Arrow Rock Tour Guide
Chuck Petty gives Danita and her two friends an unforgettable tour of Arrow Rock.
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By Danita Allen Wood
I was looking for a fun day trip to entertain my friends Chris and Karen Cummins, visiting from Alaska. I settled on Arrow Rock, followed by sitting outside at the Les Bourgeois Winery A-frame, which sits right above the Missouri River.
What an enjoyable day. We started at the Visitor’s Center at Arrow Rock, and looked at the flatboat model, a good arrowhead collection, and of course great information about Lewis and Clark and also Daniel Boone’s sons’ roles in settling the area.
One really cool exhibit is a model of the working salt mine that Nathan Boone and his brother created, giving the name Boone’s Lick (or Boonslick today) to the entire area when settlements started growing up nearby.
After the center, we went up to Main Street and began sauntering down the boardwalk. As Karen and I explored one shop, Chris found a historic tour. It was perfect—a one-hour tour by a very knowledgeable guide, Chuck Petty. As you can imagine, I ask lots of questions, and he was able to answer all of them.
It was so hot, we were grateful to ride rather than walk all over town, and the advantage was the tour guide had keys to artist George Caleb Bingham’s home, another home, and the gun shop, none of which we would have been able to see had we explored on our own.
Every stop was fascinating, and I can highly recommend the historic tour, especially if you get Chuck Petty as your tour guide.