A travel journal
to St. Louis by Taylor252
Quote: I live in St. Louis and designed this journal as a hub to direct readers to other journals about St. Louis and the surrounding area. I'll add additional sites as time allows. There's a lot to see, so read on to discover a great trip to Mid-America!
Attraction | "Kimmswick, Missouri-Part 2"
This is Kimmswick part 2. In part 1, I discussed a little of the history of the town and the river cruise you can take from St. Louis to Kimmswick. Now we will talk about several special events held in Kimmswick.
•••June, first full weekend--The Strawberry Festival! This festival features local craftsmen and artisans as well as period musical groups. Local bakeries and restaurants prepare many wonderful strawberry desserts or you can pick up a pint of Kimmswick's Strawberry Jam at City Hall.
•••August 9-10--Civil War Re-Enactment! (Featured event by AAA) Over 250 living historian reenactors set up a realistic, open to the public, Civil War encampment (circa 1863) on the grounds of Kimmswick. On Saturday and Sunday at 1pm realistic skirmishes are held in the streets ending at city park. This is a great day for enjoyment and a bit of learning.
•••October, last full weekend-- Apple Butter Festival! More than 60,000 visitors attend the Apple Butter Festival along with over 400 artisans, crafters, muscians and food vendors! For children there is a miniature train ride and a rock climbing wall. Apple Butter and Apple butter items will be featured. For more information call: (636) 464-7407
•••October, every Thurs. thru Sat--Haunted Kimmswick Ghost Tour! Several buildings in Kimmswick are reported to have a ghost. so during Halloween season, Kimmswick hosts aa after dark tour. The tours will be held at 6:45pm and 8:15pm everyThurs-Sat evening in October. The cost will be $6.00 per person. Call 636-464-0378 for reservations or addtional information.
•••December, first full weekend--Christmas Candlelight Walk! The Christmas Walkis an old fashioned Christmas held from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. In addition to all the shops and restaurants being decked out in Christmas finery, a group of re-enactors will demonstrate frontier skills (circa 1840) such as Flint Napping, Blacksmithing, Rope Making, Knife Throw, Fire Starting, Dutch Oven Cooking, Soap Making, and the Making of Sorghum Cookies. Tickets are $10.00. For more information contact 636-464-6464.
For general information on these events or anything else go to: www.discoverKimmswick.com. One more important piece of information---Directions! Head south on I-55 to exit 186. (Coincidentally, this is the same exit for the Missouri State Historic Mastodon Park mentioned in the DeSoto, MO journal.) At exit 186, head east or left on Main St. In less than a mile you will come to a traffic light at state hywy 61,67. Cross that intersection and continue on. The road narrows (and changes name to River Rd.) then will dead end into Hywy K. Go left. Kimmswick is a short distance down that road.
A final note: the information in the Kimmswick 1 and 2 entries is designed as an overview. I have also done an entire journal on Kimmswick which can be accessed at "Kimmswick--An Old Fashioned Delight!" where you can find much more information.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2003
Kimmswick - Tour
St. Louis, Missouri 63053
The clear freshwater underground springs that had made pumps necessary while the mine was in operation began filling the old mine. At this point there are 17 miles of underground shoreline, creating one of the world’s largest underground lakes. In fact, it is larger than the city of Bonne Terre, MO, which is above. Five hundred thousand (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. If you like caves or boat rides, you will thoroughly enjoy the underground boat tour at Bonne Terre Mine.
The narrated tour takes about 20 minutes and will pass you over all the equipment that was left behind--ore carts, a steam locomotive, staircases, an elevator shaft, and other tools and drills that were used during the active mining years at Bonne Terre. The boat tour is part of the walking tour, however you can also do the walking tour by itself if you wish. It is a bit like Alice through the looking glass as the clear water gives the visitor a glimpse of the mining lifestyle locked in time.
For cave divers this site has become a "must do." The air temperature is 62 degrees year round. The water temperature is 58 degrees year round. National Geographic has named this underwater lake one of America's Top 10 Greatest Adventure (March/April 2000). In fact, it is the world's largest freshwater dive resort. I'm not a diver, but I looked up some info for those who are. This is the company that Bonne Terre Mine recommends for diving at Bonne Terre:
West End Diving
11215 Natural Bridge Rd.
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Bonne Terre Mines
For RCI members, Silverleafs Timber Creek Resort is nearby. For others, interesting accommodations can be found at the 1909 Train Depot Bed and Breakfast (an actual train depot that has been converted), a local Super 8, or the Red Cedar Lodge. Bonne Terre Mine is open year round, but from October-April only on the weekends.
Walking tour: $12 adults, $6 children 11 and under (40-45 minutes)
Boat tour (includes walking tour) $17.50 for all. Available on weekends only.
Bonne Terre Mine Boat and Dive Center
Bonne Terre, Mo.
St. Louis, Missouri 63044
Attraction | "Kimmswick, Missouri-Part 1"
For a different experience you can combine your visit to Kimmswick with a river boat cruise! The Tom Sawyer is a paddle wheel styled boat (see picture below) that departs from the riverfront at the St. Louis Arch. For $50 a person you can board at St. Louis and take a leisurely ride down the river to Kimmswick. You’ll learn about the history of the river and the area you are passing by which includes the Civil War site, Jefferson Barracks. River style music will entertain you and both bingo and card games will be set up. Once at Kimmswick, you’ll be treated to lunch at the famous Blue Owl restaurant and Bakery--and then given the rest of the afternoon to stroll the shops and historic buildings.
At the end of the day, a charter bus will take you back to St. Louis. The tour can also be done the other way by taking a charter bus to Kimmswick in the morning and then after lunch at the Blue Owl, taking a longer cruise back in the afternoon. You’ll be going against the current coming back. For more information call 314/982-1400 ext. 1747, or 314/923-3047. This cruise is limited to specific dates and will fill up fast, so if you’re interested, plan ahead.
A final note: the information in the Kimmswick 1 and 2 entries is designed as an overview. I have also done an entire journal on Kimmswick, which is titled "Kimmswick--An Old Fashioned Delight!". Here you can find much more information.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2003
Attraction | "The Butterfly House"
The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park in West St. Louis County and is home to as many as 60 different butterfly species and 150 tropical plants. You reach the building by walking past a 28 ft high sculpture of a Monarch butterfly and then a 30-foot caterpillar. You enter the main doors into the Grand Hall. On your left will be a nice gift shop with all kinds of butterfly related merchandise. On your right is an exhibit of preserved specimens called "Butterflies of the World." Further down the Grand Hall are cases holding a bearded lizard, ants and several caterpillar exhibits. On the far right side is a theater which shows a 17 min. film on butterfly behavior and anatomy.
But by far, the heart of the Butterfly House is the tropical, climate controlled "Fly Room". You step through one door, carefully letting it close behind you before opening the one in front of you, and then you are in . . . The enchanting scene before you will cause you to pause . . . Butterflies are flitting and flying everywhere! Bright colored wings circle your legs and arms, while in the background lush tropical greenery sports draping flowers of red, blue, yellow and purple -- food for the more than 1000 butterflies that are in flight at any given time. Stand very still and a butterfly might even land on you. To your left, a curling footpath begins and in the distance you hear the bright exclamation of a young child’s excitement. As I strolled the path, I discovered many different butterfly species as well as nooks and crannies where one may sit and enjoy the experience. One bright winged fellow landed on a flower right in front of me and promptly began to feed. I took his picture, which you can see below. What a wonderful place to visit and it’s close enough I can go back often!
Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, and $4 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under are free. The facility is open June to Aug. from 9am to 5pm. The rest of the year: 9am to 4pm and closed on Mondays. Directions: Take I-64/40 west to Clarkson/Olive Blvd. exit. Go east on Olive. Two miles ahead, Faust Park is on the left and you will see the butterfly house easily. Their phone is 636-530-0076. The website is www.buterflyhouse.org.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2003
Butterfly House & Education Center
15193 Olive Blvd
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
+1 636 530 0076
Attraction | "The Museum of Transportation"
Another of their locomotive engines has been colorfully painted to help the uninformed (myself included,) understand how a steam engine works (see picture). A big part of what the Museum of Transportation (MOT) does is education. I was told they host more than 50,000 school age children every year. As part of their educational emphasis, there are trained volunteers at all main exhibit sites to talk about the vehicles or to point out unusual facts that are not in the brochure. They also offer guided tours several times a day. The museum has over 70 locomotives, half of them sole survivors or one-of-a-kind. There are over 190 exhibits in the rail and transit collection alone, with more than 200 cars and trucks in the automotive section. It’s a big collection!
One other important aspect of the museum . . . in addition to collecting the actual vehicles and locomotives, the museum has been collecting documents, books, records and all manner of printed material pertaining to the evolution of transportation in this country. This library has brought worldwide attention to the site as scholars seek information they can’t find anywhere else.
The museum consists of several climate controlled buildings, a visitors center and store, a snack bar, a large covered shed, a small scale railroad that visitors can ride and several open air exhibits. The entrance fee is $4 for adults and $1.50 for kids and seniors.
For more information: the phone is 314-965-7998. The website is www.museumoftransportation.org. Directions: Follow 270 to Doughtery Ferry Rd. and go west. Turn left on Barrett Station Rd. The museum is a short distance down a hill on the right.
Museum of Transportation
3015 Barrett Station Rd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63122
St. Louis, Missouri