Eagles In Missouri

 Each fall, as areas in the north freeze, thousands of bald eagles migrate south from Canada and the Great Lakes states in search of open water.

Some eagles will travel as far south as the Gulf Coast. During a recent winter, more than two-thousand bald eagles were reported in Missouri. A few are usually seen in the state by mid-fall but most arrive in December. In some cases, a bird will return to the same location each winter. At waterfowl areas, eagles feed primarily on dead and injured waterfowl. At rivers and lakes, fish make up most of their diet.
A few remain in Missouri to nest, but most begin moving back north again in late February. Eagles are one of the largest birds of prey in the world. Their life expectancy in the wild is about 30 years, while some bald eagles have lived up to 50 years in captivity. They fly 20 to 40 miles per hour in normal flight, but can reach speeds of more than 100 miles per hour while diving. Their vision is five to six times sharper than human’s. When it was adopted as our national emblem in 1782, the bald eagle flourished in numbers, and nesting bald eagles were common in Missouri.
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Since that time, their numbers have declined drastically. Pesticides and habitat destruction nearly wiped-out the eagle population. They began making a comeback after DDT was banned in 1972 and a restoration program was started. During the 1980s, more than 70 young bald eagles were released from artificial nests in Missouri.
This program, plus the eagles natural tendency to return to its former nesting range, has enabled eagles to once again nest in the state. Eagle nests are found throughout Missouri, mostly in southeast and west-central parts. They are usually built in the top of a giant sycamore tree.

Historic Missouri Battlefields

Only Tennessee and Virginia claim more Civil War battles than The Show-Me State.

All across Missouri today, visitors can walk in the footsteps of the soldiers, both Blue and Grey, who fought for the causes they believed in. Perhaps Missouri’s most famous battlefield, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, stretches across the plains just south and west of Springfield near the town of Republic. Wilson’s Creek was the site of the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River, waged between the troops of Union General Nathaniel Lyon and Confederate General Sterling Price.

Two hours into the fight, Lyon became the first Union general to be killed in battle. The Wilson’s Creek Civil War Museum maintains a remarkable collection of objects and artifacts, including a telescope that belonged to abolitionist John Brown and the sword belt and sash of Confederate General Patrick Cleburne. The visitors’ center features a 27-minute high-definition interpretive film that tells the story of the battle. East of Kansas City, in the town of Lone Jack, a small yet ferocious battle took place on August 16, 1862.

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This site is one of the few battlefields in the nation where soldiers who spilled their blood during the skirmish are actually buried on the battlefield. The Lone Jack Civil War Museum houses many artifacts from the battle, as well as photos of the men who fought there. In Pilot Knob, Confederate General Sterling Price led his soldiers in an attack on Union-controlled Ft. Davidson. As Confederate troops charged the fort, the Union soldiers fired heavily and pummeled them with hand grenades. Price’s troops retreated, intending to regroup and attack again the next day. But the Yankees evacuated in the middle of the night, blew up the fort and their remaining supplies, and escaped into the dark. Today, the earthworks of Ft. Davidson, hand-built out of dirt by Union soldiers, are well-preserved and remain largely intact.

Few military establishments during the Civil War would claim to be neutral, but Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis came close. Establishe in 1826, Jefferson Barracks was the country’s first infantry school of practice. Many of the Civil War’s most recognizable names served here, including Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis and William Sherman. The barracks built a large military hospital to aid the many injured soldiers of both the North and South. It was here that Union and Confederate soldiers, who had so often caused injury to one another lay side-by-side. Most now reside in the nearby Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.

Missouri A Place Of Historic Events

Much of the nation will wait until 2017 to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.

The roots of the War Between the States began well before the firing on Ft. Sumter in 1861. The prelude to the bitterest of wars began here, in the frontier state of Missouri. In the border state of Missouri, the conflict over states’ rights and slavery led to a bloody guerilla war in which good guys were har to find and outlaws were celebrated as heroes. Today, The Show-Me State offers travelers no shortage of stories of the bandits who shaped the Civil War and the Wild West era. Located near the border of the Kansas Territory, the city of Nevada became known as the Bushwhacker Capital, frequented by boisterous Confederate sympathizers. In 1863, Federal troops marched into the city and burned it to the ground. Today, the Bushwhacker Museum owns fascinating artifacts from this time period as well as items relating to the general history of the area. Weaponry carried by Union and Confederate soldiers, as well as reproductions of their uniforms, are included in the collection.

Nevada’s Bushwhacker Jail is one of the most architecturally interesting buildings in Missouri. Higginsville is home to the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site, where a monument stands in tribute to the veterans who fought for the lost cause and the memory of the Old South. Among these men lies another, more deadly Confederate – William Quantrill. As leader of a brutal guerilla warfare group, Quantrill is most remembered for his vicious massacre in Lawrence, Kansas, where he and his raiders murdered nearly 200 men and burned much of the town.

Centralia, Missouri, is the site of a massacre perpetrated by the malicious Confederate guerilla, Bloody Bill Anderson, who was said to have worn a necklace of Yankee scalps into battle. In September 1864, Bloody Bill and several hundred bushwhackers swarmed into the village of Centralia, slaughtering 99 Federal soldiers in what became known as The Battle of Centralia. Among the ranks of this guerilla army was was an impressionable young protégé – 16-year-old Jesse James. Jesse and his brother, Frank, became the most famous outlaws in American history, leaving their mark across Missouri. In Liberty, near Kansas City, you can see the Jesse James Bank Museum in the historic Liberty Square. Here, in 1866, two men entered the Clay County Savings Association and stole approximately $58,000 in brand-new greenbacks and gold and silver coins. The robbery would mark the beginning of a 15-year crime spree for the James Gang. The James boys hail from the Clay County town of Kearney, where the family farm served as a haven for bank robbers, killers, thieves and cowards. Today, the James Family Farm looks much as it did more than 100 years ago Frank James served time in two of Missouri’s more notorious jails in Independence and at the Old Cooper County Jail in Boonville. And St. Joseph is where Jesse James met his end an the hands of “the coward Robert Ford”.

(Gunshot) Lone Jack is one of the few Civil War battlefields where soldiers who spilled their blood during the skirmish are actually buried on the battlefield. Lt. Cole Younger, who would later rise to notoriety as a bank robber with the James Gang, fought for the South at Lone Jack. During the battle, he bravely rode along the front lines, distributing ammunition to his fellow Southern supporters. And, he also showed mercy on captured Union Major Emory Foster, saving Foster from certain death at the hands of guerillas. Not all bad guys were guys, either. Legend has it that Belle Star, the Bandit Queen of Carthage, Missouri, controlled Missouri’s outlaw gangs with her pistols and her affections. Her story is on display at the Carthage Civil War Museum. For more tales from Missouri’s colorful Civil War history, log on to www.VisitMo.com for a copy of your Official Missouri Travel Guide.

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Welcome to Missouri – gateway to the Ozarks

Also known as the most scenic stretch of Route 66.

You’ll find one of the Midwest’s most patriotic counties along Interstate 44, which is also home to a diverse community that celebrates international flavor. You’ll feel right at home in Pulaski County, USA. I’m Tyler and I can’t wait to show you Pulaski County. This welcoming region in America’s Heartland mixes outdoor adventure with authentic local charm, making this a great destination for families as well as groups.

A helpful starting point for your trip is the Pulaski County Visitors Center, a great resource for information when planning your journey, or for additional guidance once you’ve arrived in the area. There’s so much to discover here, including driving tours, walking tours and tips on local adventure; you’ll find yourself immersed in homegrown Midwest culture. Next, travel west along Route 66 and spend an afternoon in historic downtown Waynesville. Make sure to visit the Route 66 Courthouse and Old Stagecoach Stop museums and discover American history dating back to the Civil War.

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Visit with locals while shopping for Missouri-made items, wine and souvenirs at the many unique shops. Or spin the wheel for your choice of 66 beers on tap! Minutes away, explore the Trail of Tears Memorial and Interpretive Walking Trail, which pays tribute to the area’s early history. Here, you can learn about one of the most poignant moments in early American history, when thousands of Cherokee Indians camped in this area. At nearby Roy Laughlin Park, try your hand at fishing for trophy trout or goggle-eye on the banks of the Roubidoux River and visit the underwater cave; open to certified cave Divers.

But if you’re looking to kick back and relax, schedule time to drift along Pulaski County’s pristine river-ways in an inner tube or kayak. Ingress Agents will also find a variety of missions and hundreds of unique portals. There we have it! We saw history and culture pulsing through the streets — and outdoor adventure calling from around the corner. So come visit — and find America’s heartbeat in Missouri’s Pulaski County.

Midwestern Vacation Specialists

This is the second article in our series showing you the questions you most frequently ask about the Bagnell Dam.

The answers to those questions, plus the questions you really SHOULD be asking about vactions in Missouri. In our last article, we answered the #1 Missouri vacation planning question: how to book a Grand boat Ride and what were more realistic and appropriate ways for your family to get to snorkle to the bottom of the table rock lake. Today, we’re going to talk about what’s probably the most important element of your Lake of the Ozarks vacation. the one thing around which the rest of your plans will revolve, and evolve: Missouri lodging. Question #2: how can I book a hotel room inside the park? Here’s the problem: almost everybody who visits the Bagnell dam wants to stay inside the park. And table rock lake has a grand total of about sixty hotel rooms. On any given day in peak travel season, anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 people visit the dam.

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Naturally not everyone is going to stay overnight, but a good majority of them are. Can sixty rooms accommodate them all? Nope! So that ultimately means that bagnell’s hotel rooms are booked up 6 months to 1 year in advance. So if your Big Mo. vacation is, say, 3 months away, you’re probably out of luck. And there are other considerations too. such as if you’re traveling with kids, particularly in the summertime, you need to remember this: none of the in-park hotels have pools. A handful of rooms also don’t have air conditioning. Most of them do, but some of them still don’t. It’s not a problem in winter, spring or fall, but in summertime, that’s a different story! So the question you should ask would sound more like this: where should I make my Missouri hotel reservations considering my budget, who I’m traveling with and when I’m traveilng?

If your fishing vacation is less than 6 months away, your most realistic option is to look to the Ozarks gateway communities. for your lodging. The nearest town to Osage South Rim is Lake Ozark, just outside the park’s entrance. A mere 10 minutes from the lakes shore line, Lake Ozark offers 5 modern, family-friendly hotels. All of these facilities are air-conditioned and offer amenities such as on-site shopping, dining, pools and jacuzzis. One of the values of staying at the Best Western Squire Inn is that there are activities after the sun goes down.

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