Preparing for a Crowd of Thousands

St. Joseph, Missouri is a town of about 75,000 people.  However, this August, there are estimates that up to a half million people may jam the city within a couple of hours.  How do you prepare for such a crowd?

Star-Gazing In the Afternoon

God willing, I know where I will be at 1PM on August 21st.  I’ll be outside our home looking at the stars in the sky.  And you too can see the stars in the middle of the day…on that day only

Elusive Trips Around the World

Some people will travel the nation and world to hear or see their favorite band or team.  Jackie has made similar trips, but her journeys are not to see a person, place or animal, but something even more elusive…

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

The last time this event took place in the continental United States was 1979.  Now, thirty-eight years later, it’s back and many people will make plans for what is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many…

The Walter Kronkite Memorial

How fast do you speak?  You’ve probably never thought about it, but this man knew the exact pace he needed to become one of the best in his profession

The Most Trusted Man in America

He was known as “the most trusted man in America.”  That’s a big title to live up to, but one this newsman filled for several decades…

A Heroic War Correspondent

This man made a name for himself as a war correspondent.  In fact, he even flew into the front lines on a glider just to get the story from the perspective of the soldiers in the heart of the battle…

Scenic Route – Tom Brand

American Countryside Producer and Editor Tom Brand faced multiple heart attacks in the summer of 2013 that not only affected his life, but left him with a story that will challenge how you look at your own life, your faith, and your interactions with others. It’s a story that goes beyond the story of surgery at a hospital, but a story that touches heaven itself…

Native American Portraits

What on the surface may appear to be just a bunch of paintings of important Native American leaders, is actually a very rare and well-known group of painting here at the Native American galleries at the St. Joseph, Missouri Museum complex.  Dig a little deeper and intriguing stories begin to unfold, like that of one chief with a noticeable frown…..

Visiting St. Joseph, Mo.

We’ve spent a lot of time in historic St. Joseph, Missouri, over the past week. If any of our shows piqued your interested and have you planning a visit, we have some resources that can help out.

Your first stop should probably be the St. Joe Travel and Tourism Site. From there, you can find information on museums, hotels, restaurants, and anything else you need.

Of course, you’ll want to check out the Pony Express Museum, and the museum that sits in the home that was once occupied by notorious outlaw Jesse James.

And of course you can find more information on Andrew’s article, The St. Joe Seven: Great Experiences In One of the Midwest’s Most Historic Towns.

Fashion from Three Hundred Years Ago

You may believe the fashions of two hundred and three hundred years ago was drab and uninspiring.  Come to this museum and you will find something far different.  Bright colors, even neon, some of which was crafted well before the founding of the nation…..

Adding to the Show-Me State

When the state of Missouri was first established, it was missing what is today its northwest corner of six counties.  This was a well-known prairie, and its inhabitants were important to the early trade and settlement that took place here…..

Civil War Deaths Off the Battlefield

Many soldiers died in the Civil War to things uncommon today. Simple adjustments in sanitation and cleanliness were a big part of that story. Today we take a look back at battlefield medicine 150 years ago. (And remember you can hear our full series for a free download on The Scenic Route podcast.)

Raising the Civil War Death Toll

In recent years, the casualty estimates from the Civil War have been raised. Joe Houts says there’s a good reason for it, and his great-great grandfather’s journal is just one of the many items that lends support to that theory. A unique look back at one surgeon in the War Between the States is today’s edition of The American Countryside.

Medicine in the Civil War

Most of us would do good just to know the name of our great, great grandfather. Joe Houts not only knows his name, but could write a few books about what the man accomplished. In fact, it’s the subject of an entire exhibit at a St. Joseph, Missouri, museum. We go there on today’s edition of The American Countryside.

History’s First House Flipper?

Imagine building a grand, castle-like home for your wife, only to have her grow tired of it just a few years after moving in. No worries–this husband turned a profit on its sale and then built her another dream home for less. The intriguing story of a merchant that struck it rich on those heading west is today’s edition of The American Countryside.

The St. Joe Seven: Great Experiences In One of the Midwest’s Most Historic Towns

All this week, The American Countryside is in St. Joseph, Missouri. I’ve been around St. Joe for most of my life and here are seven great things to experience there. I’m betting that even if you live in the area, there are items on this list you need to take time to experience for yourself!

The Pony Express and Jesse James are the two sites for which most people know St. Joe. It’s true, both the James Home and the Pony Express stables are not to be missed, but what many people unfortunately miss is the Patee House Museum. It was the headquarters for the Express and sits adjacent to the James Home. The Patee House is consistently ranked as one of the top museums in the Midwest for its collection of artifacts. It is a real gem.

454x326_sportsRec_3St. Joseph’s Parkway System is too often taken for granted by locals. They may not realize St. Joe was WAY ahead of its time when the 26 mile system was designed in 1918. It’s today on the National Register of Historic Places. You can enjoy a drive, bike or walk along its beautiful winding roads and trails.

Tranquilizer Chair 21000 Places to See Before You Die ranked St. Joe’s Glore Psychiatric Museum among it’s chosen stops. The Glore is very interesting and has plenty of exhibits to explore. HOWEVER, don’t miss out on other museums under the same roof! Part of the St. Joseph Musuem complex, you will find an extensive Native American Artifact collection (all for the same admission price with the Glore) and a current temporary exhibit on Civil War Medicine.

slide08Mt. Mora Cemetery is a fascinating stop. I used to never give any thought to “touring” a cemetery. This one is worth the time. The burial architecture here is not to be missed. The site dates to 1851 and there is an annual cemetery tour held every fall in which “residents” of the cemetery come to life to tell their story (in a respectful and “non-spooky way).

exterior_signBilled as St. Joe’s oldest restaurant, The Old Hoof and Horn has been around since 1896. It sits adjacent to the St. Joe stockyards. While most of the old stockyards are gone (but still operating) the mighty Stock Yards Exchange Building still stands as an icon overlooking the yards and the Hoof and Horn.

chiefs-12The Kansas City Chiefs now call St. Joe home for a few weeks every July and August for their training camp. If you have even a mild interest in sports, it’s worth the time to stop by and see some of the NFL greats and some NFL hopefuls put in their workouts at Missouri Western State University.

index1Along the river you’ll find some great stops as well. Ft. Smith Park is new to visitors, but long on history. The recently uncovered earthworks date to the Civil War. It offers great views of the river and city. Meanwhile, along the banks of the Missouri you’ll find the state-of-the-art Remington Nature Center which is great for young and old alike.

Video: St. Joe’s Early Entrepreneur

The latest American Countryside video features St. Joseph, Missouri, and one of its early entrepreneurs. William Wyeth helped outfit settlers as they headed west from Missouri — and even helped them stock up along the trail.

The video was produced with the help of Freedoms Frontier National Heritage Area. Freedoms Frontier is dedicated to preserving stories from along the Missouri-Kansas border, where the fight over slavery played a big part in the start of the Civil War.

St. Joseph’s Early Entrepreneur

Today we begin a series from St. Joseph, MO…the city many know as the place the Pony Express began and Jesse James ended. When the Pony Express began operations, another entrepreneur was just beginning his business as well and he fared far better financially. His story is today’s edition of The American Countryside.

Jowler Creek Winery

Most crops in the Midwest are planted in the spring and harvested in the fall.  The farmer’s investment is mostly in that single year the crop is in the ground.  Now imagine a crop where it’s at least six years before the first harvest and the profits you make from the crop and highly dependent on knowing how to handle the final product…..