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Weird, Wondrous, and Midwest Travel Destinations

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Driving Across Missouri: A Guide to I-70
by Ted T. Cable Details
Driving across Missouri is packed with fun-filled information, stories, and trivia that help travelers look beyond the passing blur to appreciate the "Show Me" state's unique landscapes and landmarks. Its authors unfold the natural beauty of the state's flora, fauna, and rivers (including two of the world's largest); introduce the history of Native Americans, French explorers, and German settlers; reopen routes traveled by Daniel Boone and Lewis and Clark; and bring the Civil War era to life.
Haunted Missouri: A Ghostly Guide to the Show-Me-State's Most Spirited Spots
by Jason Offutt Details
Mysterious cold spots, disembodied voices, and smoky apparitions are just a few of the ghostly goings-on gathered by journalist Jason Offutt in his trek across Missouri. Visiting public places such as Civil War battlefields, university halls, and infamous mansions, Offutt draws on hundreds of interviews in search of restless spirits. A serious but witty look at Missouri s place in the ghostly realm, this book brings together history, folklore, and just enough mystery to intrigue the skeptics and delight the believers.
Haunted Springfield Missouri
by Edward L. Underwood Details
Echoes of a dynamic history still linger in Springfield, Missouri. The town square was the scene of a Civil War battle, a Wild Bill Hickok shootout and a tragic 1906 lynching. From the phantom landlord of Jefferson Avenue to the spectral bride of Grove Park Bridge, meet figures from the town's past that continue to mystify its present. Pore over reports of supernatural activity at Drury College and the Landers Theater and investigate a bounty of bizarre, sensational rumors from the surrounding countryside in this collection of Springfield ghost lore.
Midwest Marvels: Roadside Attractions Across Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin
by Eric Dregni Details
Only in the Midwest is civic pride measured by the size of a town's roadside sculpture. Much-loved monuments and larger-than-life replicas add character to their surroundings, intriguing and amusing visitors as they pass through town. Midwest Marvels is not your typical guidebook. Regional travel expert Eric Dregni takes the reader on a slightly off-center tour of the bizarre--and the beautiful--across Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin, and directs road-trippers to the one-of-a-kind oddities that cause drivers to turn off the interstate in awe.
Oddball Wisconsin : A Guide to 400 Really Strange Places
by Jerome Pohlen Details
Updated and even weirder, this new edition boasts more than 400 unique destinations for tourists looking for attractions off the beaten path. Bizarre locations and landmarks include Chainsaw Gordy's Garden of Saws, Smokey Bear's head, the World's Largest Soup Kettle, the Toilet Bowl Parade, and the world's only upside-down White House.
The American Resting Place
by Marilyn Yalom Details
A sweeping history of America as seen through its gravestones, graveyards, and burial practices, stunningly illustrated with eighty black-and-white photographs. From fascinating past to startling future--DVDs embedded in tombstones, "green" burials, and "the new aesthetic of death"--The American Resting Place is the definitive history of the American cemetery.
Weird Missouri: Your Travel Guide to Missouri's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
by James Strait Details
This offbeat travel guide shows visitors where to find the Show-Me State's local legends, craziest characters, oddball curiosities and bizarre roadside attractions. Color illustrations throughout.
Updated 03/07/2015

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