This is Main Street in bustling downtown Arrow Rock Missouri! This little town of less than 100 people is on the Missouri River, a little north of I-70 and northwest of Columbia.
It was very quiet during our weekday morning visit in late September...and prior to the fall color tours. Arrow Rock was the location where the Santa Fe Trail crossed the Missouri River and, as such it's been a stopover for visitors since 1829. Many of the older Federal-style buildings comprise the Arrow Rock State Historic Site.
There is at least one nice gift shop...attested to by Laurie, (my better half), plus a couple of places to eat, a handful of B&B's and the former home of artist George Caleb Bingham.
Another major attraction in town is the 334-seat Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater, Missouri's oldest professional theater. The theater offers musicals, comedies and dramas from June through Labor Day.
Other nearby attractions include the Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge, Boone's Lick State Historical Site and Sappington Cemetery State Historical Site. Close by the latter is Prairie Park, a restored 1844 Greek Revival mansion. The home was built by Dr. John Sappington, the physician who popularized the use of quinine to treat malaria.
This is the Old Tavern, a handsome 2-story Federal-style building that is now occupied by a restaurant.
To visit Arrow Rock, a popular weekend trip for folks from Kansas City, take I-70 east to Exit 89, K Highway, then drive north to MO Highway 41 and continue north to the village. The drive takes about an hour and 40 minutes.
For more information, go to http://www.arrowrock.org/.