Bowling Green

Bowling Green is located 12 miles from the Mississippi River in the Glacial Plains region. The first pioneer, John W Basye came in 1820 and by 1823 the settlement named for Bowling Green, Kentucky was named the county seat of Pike County. Sac and Fox Indians ceded claims in 1804 and again 1824 to settlers. Grain, livestock and fruit farming were major sources of agricultural livelihood. Early schools were Pike Academy (1837), Isaac W Basye’s Normal School (1867) and J D Meriwether’s Bowling Green College (1881). The Chicago and Alton railroad ((G.M. & O) was completed in 1871 and the St Louis and Hannibal railroad in 1876. Limestone quarries were opened in the late 1800s. Bowling Green was home of Beachamp (Champ) Clark (1850-1921) who served as Speaker of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress from 1911 to 1919. His son Bennett Champ Clark (1890 – 1954) U. S. Senator was born here. Diplomat John H Swift (1829 – 1891), Admiral W. R. Purnell (1886 – 1955) and Elliott W Major 33rd governor of Missouri had ties to Bowling Green.
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Touch the Mississippi...where downtown and the Mississippi embrace. Nestled between the highest point on the Mississippi and the River itself, Clarksville has the only remaining downtown business district in the state of Missouri which faces the Mighty Mississippi. Founded in 1817 and once a busy riverport, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Clarksville offers fine antiques shops, working artisans, and quiet picnics in Riverfront Park. Clarksville is a town that has truly discovered the value of its unique historic resources and used its past most effectively to create a vision for its future. Recognized by Missouri Department of Conservation for being the most outstanding locale for nature tourism in the state, Clarksville's serine beauty attracts nature as well as nature lovers. Being located on the Mississippi Flyway, Clarksville affords visitors the opportunity to encounter the spring and fall migrations of waterfowl and other birds. In January and February it is well known as one of the best locations to view the majestic bald eagle and in recent years has been a stopping area for pelicans. While enjoying a picnic lunch in the park, summer visitors may watch river traffic travel through Lock and Dam 24 as blue heron fly overhead. Fall festivals, very much alive in Clarksville, welcome brilliant colors on the hills and knolls along the river, as well as an abundant supply of apples and other treats.
Jo Anne Smiley
111 Howard Street
Clarksville MO 63336
573-242-3336 t


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Edgewood's brief description here.
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Eolia's brief description here.
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Frankford's brief description here.
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Louisiana Missouri is located on the banks of the Mississippi River 70 miles north of St. Louis on Route 79 and about 30 miles south of Hannibal, Missouri. Louisiana’s first settler

John Bryson built the first residence in 1817 and 1818 sold some land to Samuel Caldwell and Joel Shaw, this area became the original plat of Louisiana which was mainly river-front property. Louisiana boasts nearly 4,000 residents, many whom are descendants of the early settlers.

Louisiana Visitor and Convention Bureau
304 Georgia Street
(573) 754-5921 t


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