Missouri River Country
100 Miles of Stories and Scenery from Hermann to the Confluence
From the Gateway Arch in Downtown St. Louis, it is an easy, scenic drive to much of what is covered in this book. The “greatest Confluence in the world,” a beautiful rolling route to the nation’s first viticultural area, and the last home of Daniel Boone—all can be reached in thirty to ninety minutes. St. Louis is well-known for its world-class cultural attractions, including gardens, museums, universities, libraries, and iconic buildings. The destinations in this book are equally impressive and not much more challenging to find.
The places and stories in Missouri River Country are part of the fabric and life of St. Louis, a piece of its heritage that visitors and residents alike should experience. The route that Lewis and Clark took, and that made St. Louis the Gateway to the West, was the Missouri River. The original essays and photographs in this book follow the first hundred miles of that river west from St. Louis. We think you will enjoy the trip.
More than sixty contributors have made Missouri River Country possible, including: Governor Jay Nixon, Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, novelist and author of Blue Highways William Least Heat-Moon, internationally known conservationist Dr. Peter Raven, Chancellor Emeritus of Washington University Dr. William Danforth, former Missouri Governor and Senator Kit Bond, owner of Niche restaurant and Missouri food advocate Gerard Craft, conservationist and founder of Great Rivers Habitat Alliance Adolphus Busch, Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation Bob Ziehmer, historic preservationist Jim Dierberg, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, food and wine writer and author of The Wild Vine Todd Kliman, Missouri River Country artist Bryan Haynes, and many others who know and love the subjects of this book.