The tiny village of Arrow Rock is positioned 13 miles north of I-70 on Hwy 41 in Saline County, Missouri. As a result of its historic significance, all the village has been designated a Nationwide Historic Landmark. The tiny city is mostly recognized for its affiliation with Westward Enlargement, the Santa Fe Path and the artist George Caleb Bingham. Click on right here to study extra in regards to the historic significance of the world.
After abandoning the Katy Path after solely two days of driving, my good friend Josh Miller and I made a decision to make a journey by automotive and head to Arrow Rock and absorb a few of Missouri’s pioneer historical past.
We arrived to discover a small most important road with a single row of retailers on one facet, mirrored by a big brick tavern on the opposite. As we pulled the automotive to a cease, the rain started to fall for the forth straight day in a row.
Exiting the automotive, we walked alongside town’s most important drag, peeking in store home windows and stopping to take a look at outdated antiques and art work. Close to the center of the highway, we stepped inside what gave the impression to be a present retailer/museum and spoke to the girl inside in regards to the metropolis’s well-known artist George Caleb Bingham along with touring the small constructing, which used to perform as town’s financial institution.
Then we crossed the road and ambled into the outdated courtroom home, a small picket constructing that seemed to be designed extra like a conventional pioneer dwelling that it did a spot the place regulation was practiced.
Josh had me take his picture within the place the place the decide would sit…
… and I marveled on the brick hearth on the opposite facet of the room.
“Think about if our courthouses as we speak had fireplaces in them,” I believed to myself. “It appears like somebody’s dwelling in right here.”
After drying off within the village courthouse, we walked throughout city and away from the historic Predominant Road. After ambling throughout a small stone bridge, we entered a big trendy guests middle and watched a 20-minute film that recounted the world’s historic significance. After the film was over, we toured the adjoining museum after which returned to the rain drenched streets.
Simply down the highway from the customer’s middle was a small stone construction that was constructed to server because the village jail. And whereas a lot work had gone into the creation of this tiny construction, the one-room jail by no means held a single prisoner.
Returning to most important road, Josh and I poked our heads contained in the J. Huston Tavern. Inside, we have been met by a younger, engaging woman wearing what gave the impression to be conventional pioneer garments. She confirmed us to a set of stairs that led as much as the second ground and collectively we strolled about contained in the constructing, outdated beds, furnishings and kitchen scenes like these you’d have present in Arrow Rock’s heyday.
After visiting almost each attainable construction within the neighborhood of Predominant Road, we walked after which drove again additional into the back-roads of Arrow Rock. The village was dotted with stunning nation houses and classically restored buildings from town’s early settlers.
On the best way out of city, we visited the close by Lyceum Theatre – certainly one of Missouri’s oldest skilled regional theatres… and the one skilled reside theatre positioned between St. Louis and Kansas Metropolis.
Earlier than leaving Arrow Rock, Josh and I drove the automotive all the way down to a spot the place the river met the highway. The world was utterly flooded, so we parked the automotive and received out within the pouring rain. After discovering a small strolling path, we adopted it for a close to half mile earlier than turning round and returning to the automotive. The climbing path, identical to the Katy Path, was coated with a darkish cover of inexperienced plant-life. However in contrast to the Katy, the land on each side was utterly underneath water. This small climbing path was my favourite a part of Arrow Rock. I’d like to return someday and hike all the factor.
Each Josh and I left Arrow Rock fairly pleased with our time there. The tiny city was a lot greater than we had anticipated it to be. We had seen so much, realized a lot, and found a secret city buried within the again roads of Western Missouri.