Show Me Small-Town Missouri

Show Me Small-Town Missouri

Jake McCandless
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Format: Paperback 177 color illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-04948-3
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Where was Mark Twain born? What city has claim to a president who was only president for a day? Who has the best paddling trips in the Ozarks? What about the World's Largest Gift Store? Find these answers and more in Show Me Small-Town Missouri. Award-winning author Jake McCandless, a lover of small towns and adventures, traveled the state in search of amazing local experiences to share this treasure trove of what you can find in often-overlooked towns across Missouri. Featured are 90 sparkling gems found in all four of the state's geographical regions—the Northern Prairie, the Southwest Osage Plain, the Ozarks, and the Bootheel Lowlands.

From galleries to hiking trails, candy factories to wineries, lakeside attractions to the best fireworks displays, Show Me Small-Town Missouri has everything you need to know for a day, weekend, or week full of fun. The must-see attractions, activities, restaurants, sweet shops, specialty shops, and unique vacation spots are showcased in full-color images with an easy-to-follow index to help you plan your trip.

Author Bio

Jake McCandless is an award-winning author, nationally recognized speaker, and minister who loves small towns and adventures. Being a life-long resident of small towns and having spent much of his time in places off the beaten path, he decided to share his family's finds from the Show-Me State with the rest of the world, first through his website and now through Show Me Small-Town Missouri. His love for making moments special was ingrained by his mom and his sense of adventure comes from his dad. Those special moments and adventures have continued with his wife and partner in crime, educator Amanda McCandless, who makes sure to turn each stop into an elementary science lesson, and their daughters, Andrea and Addie, who prefer candy stores and stops with water activities. Their beagle, Charlie, would join them more if he wasn’t prone to getting car sick.


"I was born and raised in Missouri. My career as a race car driver has taken me all over the United States. Although I have great memories from many places, some of my favorite spots are in the Show Me State!  Racing at dirt tracks in small towns across the state, spending time with life long friends, taking in a Cardinals game, family float trips on the river, and eating at local restaurants that serve regional specialties always remind me of how proud I am of my home state."

 (Ken Schrader, race car driver)

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Table of Contents


Northern Plain
1. Chillicothe
2. Clarksville
3. Defiance
4. Excelsior Springs
5. Florida
6. Fulton
7. Hamilton
8. Hannibal
9. Jamesport
10. Louisiana
11. Marshall
12. Mexico
13. Parkville
14. Plattsburg
15. Rocheport
16. Sturgeon
17. Sumner
18. Weston
19. Wright City

Southwest Osage Plain
20. Bolivar
21. Carthage
22. Clinton
23. Diamond
24. El Dorado Springs
25. Grain Valley
26. Higginsville
27. Hornet
28. Lamar
29. Lexington
30. Nevada
31. Peculiar
32. Sibley
33. Tightwad
34. Warrensburg
35. Weaubleau
36. Webb City

37. Arrow Rock
38. Blackwater
39. Bonne Terre
40. Boonville
41. Branson
42. Burfordville
43. Camdenton
44. Centerville
45. Crystal City
46. Cuba
47. Davisville
48. Eminence
49. Exeter
50. Hermann
51. High Ridge
52. Imperial
53. Ironton
54. Jadwin
55. Kimberling City
56. Kimmiswick
57. Lake Ozark
58. Lesterville
59. Mansfield
60. Marionville
61. Monett
62. Neosho
63. New Haven
64. Noel
65. Osage Beach
66. Osceola
67. Pacific
68. Park Hills
69. Phillipsburg
70. Pineville
71. Roaring River
72. Rockaway Beach
73. St. James
74. St. Robert
75. Stanton
76. Ste. Genevieve
77. Strafford
78. Warsaw
79. Washington
80. Wheatland
81. Van Buren

Bootheel Lowlands
82. Bloomfield
83. Charleston
84. Dexter
85. Doniphan
86. Hayti
87. Kenneth
88. Malden
89. New Madrid
90. Sikeston

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