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St. Louis, Missouri Day 4

Today we decided to go a place called Grants Farm. It’s a fun place. The Busch family owns the farm. This also where they do some of not all the breading for the Budweiser Clydesdales.

You take a tram ride through the beginning and it’s a number of acres with animals free to roam. No real rhyme or reason. Just animals free to roam. It’s sort of like a zoo but no quite. Lots of animals, more just farm animals. Many of them you can pet. They had a eating area that sold German style bratwurst. They also gave two free samples of beer. And not just a 2-4 ounce sample. It was a full glass.

For dinner we went back to the Broadway Oyster Bar. Food was even better. We got the fried Oysters and the shrimp as appetizers and then had entrees. Food was worth checking out. They have live music there sometimes.

At the bar/restaurant had a musician named Jackson Stokes. He was a good musician and really nice. Jackson has an album on ITunes.

St. Louis, Missouri Day 3

Today we went to The National Transportation Museum. Much of the museum was all old trains and cars. I am not a car guy necessarily, but their car selection was not big. But to be fair they operate on donations and volunteer help. So there is only so much they can do but…. it was nice to see some of the cars in person. Many of them were early 20th century cars/trucks. You could tour many of the train cars and take a trolly ride. They also a discover center for kids. This area was like day care but our daughter had fun. That’s all that mattered.

For lunch we went to Red Robin. It’s a good burger chain. I would recommend it if you have one in your city or visiting a city with one. But some people prefer more local places that aren’t chains.

After lunch we went to the St. Louis Arch. If you do not like tight spaces or heights this is not the place for you. My wife and mother in law stayed at the bottom as neither of them cared for heights. My daughter had a good time. The heights did not seem to bother her but the waiting did.

For dinner we ate at the The Shaved Duck. The food was ok. It was also a small venue. Maybe my expectations were too high being from Kansas City. They had live music which was nice.

Hannibal, Mo Day 4

Today we went to Rock Cliff Mansion. (https://www.rockcliffemansion.com/). It is an historic house in Hannibal.

Originally built by John J. Cruikshank Jr., one of the logging barons in the area for himself and his second wife and their four kids.

Before John could actually build his house he had to move the existing house, that was on the property. He put logs under the existing home and hired some miles to pull the house in one piece 300 hundred feet.

Much of the house is a display of wealth and wood working. He began construction in 1900 and lasted for two years. The family only lived there until 1924 when he passed away.

His youngest daughter had moved into the house next door (the one that he had moved). She never married or had kids. The other sisters married and had kids and moved away. His second wife was 27 years younger so when he died she moved in next door with the youngest daughter. The widow took a few things from the house next door but left most of the things as they were. The house was left all but abandoned for 43 years.

During that time. Teens made it a hangout spot along with various homeless and what not. The teenagers would smoke on the porch and ended up destroying about 70% of the porch. Many teenagers broke in to steal pieces of the maps in the classroom to prove they went in. Others stole for profit. Many the original items still remain. Some were damaged from the break ins and others from time.

Eventually, the city declared it an eye sore and face the sisters an ultimatum. Fix it up or demolish it. The youngest sister called her sisters and no one wanted to spend the money on the repairs. So they chose to let it be demolished. Two weeks before it was suppose to be destroyed, three families bought the house to restore it.

When the new owners went in to see the inside I am sure they were surprised at the condition. Much of it was still in tact and there just a few things missing and damaged. I am sure they were surprised when they found out that the stained glass was done by Tiffany’s. All of the fireplaces had expensive marble around them.

They began restoring it and eventually sold it to the current owner who still operates it as a bed and breakfast and give tours.

For lunch we took the advice of gift shop attendant from the Mark Twain museum and went to a place called Jet’s Palace. (http://www.jetspalacehannibal.com/). It was very good. Even our toddler daughter likes it. She even had the egg drop soup and she does not like soup. It’s a small place. If you like Chinese stop by!

After lunch we just went back down town. We decided to stretch our legs after lunch. So we went into a few shops we hadn’t been into yet. Of course we had to stop at the chocolate store.

We decide to take our daughter back to the flower park and let her smell them again since that seemed to be one of her favorite places there.

Our daughter really likes making sounds like animals and the big trucks. Like most kids. And we have seen this trolly around town, especially the downtown area. So of course she starts making the sound like the whistle and gets excited. So we took her on a trolley ride. It was a nice site seeing trip. My wife had been to Hannibal before but never in the trolly.

Needless to say, she finally decided she wanted to nap. She likes having the window open to wave out the window and get fresh air. We think she enjoyed sitting in a seat without having a car seat.

For dinner we went back to The Brick Oven. I got the meat ravioli again. My wife like it better this time around. Our daughter was supper tired! She didn’t really eat. But wolfed down some food when we got back to the rental house.

This was our last night of vacation before we had to go back to reality. I work overnight so we left on Sunday morning so we could get back and I could do laundry and rest.