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DeSoto, MO-Stay here and go interesting places

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An October 2002 trip to Desoto by Taylor252

Silverleafs Timber Creek Resort Photo, Desoto, Missouri More Photos
Quote: DeSoto is an old mining town about 40 minutes from the St. Louis river front. You can stay at TimberCreek Resort and enjoy St. Louis, or you can visit the old mine that is now a world class dive site for cave divers. I'll talk about some of the lesser known things to do in the area.

Silverleaf's Timber Creek Resort

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Hotel | "Silverleaf''s Timber Creek Resort"

Silverleaf's Timber Creek Resort Photo, Desoto, Missouri
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Best Things Nearby:St. Louis Arch, St. Louis Zoo, Six Flags, Kimmswick Crafters Center, Mastadon St. Park, St. Joe St. Park for Mines, riverboat gambling.Best Things About the Resort:It has a beautiful setting and nice amenities. It is also far enough away from the city for peace and quiet, yet only 40 mins. to major tourist sites in St. Louis. For us, since we live close, it is convenient to come downfor a quick getaway, or just to use the facilities.Resort Experience:Staying at Timber Creek is a nice experience. The kitchen is well-equipped (however no garbage disposal) and the beds are comfortable. The unit is a two-bedroom lockout so there is a secon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 9, 2003

Silverleaf's Timber Creek Resort
4800 U.S. Highway 67
Desoto, Missouri 63020
(636) 586-7448

Dohacks Restaurants

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Restaurant | "Dohack's Restaurant in Festus, Mo."

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Dohack's is a family friendly establishment. They have a buffet going all the time with things like fried chicken, meat loaf, smoked sausage, green beans, mashed potatoes, several salads, carrots, corn, peaches, pears, etc. There is some rotation in what they serve, but there will always be a good selection of vegetables, fruits, salads, and main courses. On the weekends, breakfast brunch items are on the buffet from 8am till 2pm and that will include several kinds of eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, home fries, and the like. If you don’t like the buffet, you can also order off the menu. On weekdays, the restaurant opens at 11:00am and will stay open till 11:00pm. I’ve eaten at Dohack’s many times. In ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2003

Dohacks Restaurants
1198 W Gannon Drive
Desoto, Missouri 63028
(636) 937-7373

St. Joe State Park

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Attraction | "Missouri Mines State Historic Site"

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For an interesting day trip to a time not so long ago, try St. Joe’s State Park. This site preserves the historic structures of the largest mine and mill complex, in the world, of the famous MO Lead Belt. For over 280 years Missouri has been known for its lead mining. It was about 1720 when the large deposits of galena (lead mineral) were discovered. It was just below the surface and is, in fact, still the nations #1 source for lead even today. You will see Federal Mill no. 3, which was constructed in 1907 and is still mostly intact. This mill was purchased by the St. Joseph Lead Co. which brought innovations in ore-smelting, underground mining technology and, in 1923, the introduction ...Read More

St. Joe State Park
2800 Pimville Road
Park Hills, MO
(573) 431-1069

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There are only four covered bridges left in MO and all of them are historic sites now. Sandy Creek is about 15-20 minutes from Timbercreek and is quite charming. It was built following the Civil War in 1872 as part of a road that connected the county seat of Hillsboro in Jefferson County to the courthouse in St. Louis. It is still maintained in its original red color however it is only open to foot traffic now.

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Tele:(636) 464-2976

Directions: Five miles north of Hillsboro, off Hwy. 21 east on Goldman, southwest on Lemay Ferry Road in Jefferson County.

Mastodon State Historic Site

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Mastodon State Historic Site is an important archaeological and paleontological site located about 15 miles south of St. Louis, MO. The Kimmswick Bone Bed is there. In the early 1800s bones of mastodons, giant sloths, sabertooth tigers, and other now extinct animals were first found. The area is considered one of the most extensive Pleistocene ice age deposits in the country and attracts scientists from all over the world. In 1979 a major discovery was made. For years scientists argued over whether or not Clovis Man (named for the distinctive clovis spear points he made) actually hunted the huge mammoths. We weren’t even sure they existed at the same time (circa 15,000BC to 10,000BC). But that co...Read More

Bonne Terre Mine Boat & Dive Tour Center

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BonneTerreMine In 1961, St. Joseph Lead Co. turned off the pumps that kept their mine dry. They sold the buildings to the state of MO which turned the area into a state park. Underground, clear, fresh water springs began seeping into the old mine. Little by little, a BILLION GALLON UNDERWATER LAKE was formed! There are 17 miles of underground shoreline, larger than the city of Bonne Terre which is above. 500,000 watts of lighting illuminate the caves both above and below the water. In fact, the water is so clear you can see 100 feet down! The air temperature is 62 degrees year round. The water temperature is 58 degrees year round. You can take a boat tour or a dive to...Read More