Former Pike County resident up for spot in Hall of Famous Missourians

LOUISIANA, Mo. — One of the co-authors of the 13th Amendment with Pike County roots has earned a shot at a spot in the Hall of Famous Missourians.

John Brooks Henderson is among the finalists to become one of two new honorees, which Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has asked the public to select. Read more…

Duck and Geese Migrating through Pike & Lincoln County

Yesterday I noticed the skies were full of migrating snow geese. Today, I grabbed my camera and went to find them, as well as a few beautifully colored ducks passing through. See all the pictures and help identify everything!

I drove Missouri Highway 79 from Clarksville to Elsberry and found a few thousand snow geese in a field off 79 & Old Dameron Rd (gravel). I pulled in just before the noise of a nearby train flushed 1000 birds into the air. From the first frames I could tell it was going to be a good day for pictures.

I continued on Old Dameron and looped back around toward Elsberry where I got great close-ups of Mallard and Pintail. Then I headed north on Hwy 79 to Annada, Missouri and the Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge. I stopped at the visitor center to get the latest migratory info from the local rangers. Just by driving through the refuge, I was able to capture the great pictures of 100’s of ducks bursting from the managed fields. There were many different types of duck in the sky, and I even captured an eagle in their midst.

It was a great experience to see so many birds in the area. You can experience the same thing by making a day trip to your local wildlife refuge.

Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge
The 3,750-acre Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge is located in the floodplain of the Mississippi River, adjacent to Pool No. 25. The refuge’s diversity of habitats supports waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and songbirds. Although it is protected by a levee, the refuge provides flood storage in periods of high water.

Clarence Cannon Refuge is managed by Great River National Wildlife Refuge.

Getting There . . .
From St. Louis, take I-70 west to the Highway 79 exit. Take Highway 79 north approximately 35 miles to the town of Annada. In Annada, take County Road 206 east one mile to the refuge office.

50 Miles of Art Festival Offers Marvels in Missouri Towns : STL Today

Sunday March 3rd’s St Louis Post Dispatch dedicated a full page to the upcoming 50 Miles of Art event March 23rd. The 50 Miles begins at Clarksville, MO, and continues on Highway 79 north through Louisiana, MO (10 miles north of Clarksville), and ends in Hannibal, MO (50 miles north of Clarksville).

Get a hold of the Sunday paper before it’s too late. Or read it online now: 50 Miles of Art festival offers marvels in Missouri towns : Stltoday.

Thanks a lot to the St Louis Post Dispatch and Jim Winnerman for the article and photos.

50 Miles of Art: Spring 2013

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Visit local artists from Hannibal to Clarksville and watch them as they work – studio tours and more!

  • Date: Saturday March 23 & Sunday March 24, 2013
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Missouri Highway 79 – The Great River Road – between:
    • Clarksville, MO
    • Louisiana, MO
    • Hannibal, MO

Check out Clarksville’s local amenities for places to Hike, Bike, Shop, Eat & Sleep.

Illinois Stories: ASL Pewter

Pat and Tom Hooper share the craft of pewter making with Mark McDonald at their store, ASL Pewter, in Louisana, Missouri.

Louisiana Missouri is Clarksville’s big city to the North. 10 miles up the Mississippi, Louisiana is a lot like Clarksville. It’s a river town with some great working artists, eateries, city parks, and historic homes. ASL Pewter relocated from Clarksville a number of years ago to occupy a bigger historic building in downtown Louisiana.

I love visiting their shop. Browsing the old fashioned pewter-ware is fun enough, but Pat and Tom are so interesting and fun loving that I end up talking with them just as much. It never seems to trouble them to give you a tour of their workshop, and after a visit I always feel better about my attempts at a simpler life!

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Village of Blue Rose Newletter

VillageBlueRose.org – Newsletter PDF

St. Louis native Barbara Carr coming to Club Mississippi

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  • Saturday Jan. 12, 2013 9:00 PM

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St. Louis native Barbara Carr got her start singing like so many soul performers did – in church singing in the choir, before forming a family gospel group. She soon got into singing secular music, forming a popular local group called the Petites, which opened for artists such as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Barbara got her first big break when she auditioned and won the job as a singer in St. Louis legend Oliver Sain’s band, which she held until 1972.

During her time with Oliver Sain’s band, Barbara Carr also secured a solo deal with Chess Records and released several singles for the iconic label (“Don’t Knock Love,” “I Can’t Stop Now,” “Think About It Baby”). When those didn’t sell like she’d hoped, Barbara stopped recording for a time to raise a family. After a short return to Chess in the early ‘70s, Barbara and her husband eventually formed their own label and began releasing a number of singles, mostly recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama. These resulted in the release of her first album, Good Woman Go Bad, in 1989, as well as several others in the ‘90s on several other labels, including Paula, and a very successful string of singles and albums that followed over the next 10 years on the Ecko label.

For more information on Barbara Carr, visit www.catfoodrecords.com.

Fall Paddle: Calumet Creek

On a sunny fall day a few weeks ago, I hauled my kayak down to the Corp of Engineer’s Calumet Creek (map) access and went for a paddle. It was a nice quiet solo 3 mile round trip with pretty late fall earth tone browns, dark greens, and many falling dry leaves. I saw just a single bright colored tree left hanging over a bend at the creek.

I started by accessing the creek under the foot bridge and paddling inland crawling over one log jam until the creek became too shallow. I turned around, climbed over the log jam again, and paddled back under the foot bridge.

After a sharp bend and under a leaning tree I passed a set of houses. By the look of it, everyone here knows how to fish. Throughout the bend, I would see groups of turtles slipping into the creek off their log perch or mud bank.

Just past here, I paddled under the highway 79 and railroad bridges, through a bottom-land nature reserve, and finally out to the Mississippi River.

I could see 2 river barges, the Lock and Dam #24, the bluffs just north of Clarksville, and the Illinois side. I took in the view, then captured it to share with you.

After a few minutes, I turned around and paddled back the way I came. Enjoy…