The Beatles spent some secret vacation time in the Ozark Mountains near Alton. They arrived in a seven-seater airplane and spent thirty-six hours relaxing, swimming, hiking, horse riding, go-karting, shooting, and fishing.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.