Let’s continue from Oklahoma! Jouhl and I drove on through. Just about every town we passed by, presented their mightiest flag. Perhaps this was because it was close to Memorial Day?
As we piled on the miles, the landscape started to turn more and more green.
The Missouri state line.
First stop in Missouri: Grand Falls outside of Joplin.
This was an unadvertised attraction and getting there requires taking a few back roads.
The Missouri Grand Falls is one of many waterfalls on the Missouri River. This one is rather hidden from the public.
The stop was worth it though!
Going back to the Interstate…
Next stop, St. Louis and The Gateway Arch. This 630-foot-high monument is the tallest man-made monument in the United States. It’s also Missouri’s tallest accessible building and world’s tallest arch—yes, you can go to the top! This was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. It is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and is an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis.
Here’s a shot of downtown St. Louis.
And here’s a shot with the TL.
More state lines…
Welcome to Kentucky!
We made a quick stop in Louisville.
We entered downtown to see the Wold’s Largest Bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum. This bat stands 120ft tall and weights about 34 tons.
Here’s the bat. This photo doesn’t give you the sense of scale. You have to go and see for yourself!
Next on the list was a drive by of one of the most haunted place in America. That is the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. This sanatorium opened in 1910 as a hospital to accommodate several tuberculosis patients. In the early 1900s, a massive outbreak of tuberculosis (the “White Plague”) prompted the construction of a new hospital. The hospital closed in 1962. The property is privately-owned with very strict security. Even stopping outside the gate can yield being yelled at from the security intercom. We still made a quick drive by..
Best we could do.
A quick google search shows what the building looks like.
After Kentucky, we blew by Cincinnati, Ohio.
And then West Virginia!
And then Pennsylvania…
There is so much more to share! I’ll be back…stay tuned!