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Next week, our first geocache will be placed and enabled to be found via the geocache app on your phone. If you do not have the geocache app, click here.
My geocaching partner, Melissa Gard, and I are planning on hiding a series of geocaches in Quindaro as part of our Kickstarter campaign to raise money. This money will pay for our expenses to place a series of geocaches along the Underground Railroad from Missouri to Nebraska. We will follow the route taken by John Brown in the winter of 1858-59. Brown liberated 12 Missouri slaves and hit every major Underground Railroad station from Missouri to Canada.
A little known memorial to John Brown stands in Quindaro. The money for this statute was raised by packing plant workers, house maids, chauffeurs, gardeners and other low paid African Americans in 1911. This statue commemorated John Brown and stood at the site of Western University, the first school for freed persons west of the Mississippi.
From Marceline along Route 36 to Hannibal for a look at the Tom Sawyer whitewashed fence. I still say I “Tom Sawyered” someone into doing something once in a while. I have always noticed that when Sam Clemens aka Mark Twain writes about a young boy, the boy thinks and acts exactly like I did as a kid. I recently was at Prosperos Book Store in KC. They sponsored dramatic readings of short stories by Twain. One of the selections was A Dog’s Tale. I strongly suggest you read A Dog’s Tale (click on the title to read the book online). Missourians should be required to visit Hannibal and read Mark Twain. If you have ever read Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, sitting by the Mississippi, looking up at Spyglass Hill then across to an island in the River brings those stories to life. I can see these two little boys running through the streets, swimming in the river, climbing the hill, going to the graveyard at night with a dead cat and hiding from Injun Joe. Speaking of Injun Joe, the Cave is a great tour. The Mark Twin Memorial Lighthouse on top of Cardiff Hill is very cool.
Well, a soda and a Subway Sandwich beside the Mississippi and on the road again.
Recently, I did a 4 day motorcycle trip to visit Springfield, Illinois. I wanted to see the Lincoln historic sites. The trip across Missouri 36 Highway was great. I stopped in Marceline, Missouri, birthplace and boyhood home of Walt Disney.
I will continue on to Hannibal, Missouri where I can get off this motorcycle for a while. I am thinking a lunch next to the Mississippi River. As a kid, I loved Tom Sawyer and even tried to live my life like Twain depicted. I talked two friends into skipping school and going to the local creek to fish and smoke cigarettes when we were in the third grade. A small town being what it is, found the teachers noticed three friends did not attend school this day. Soon, the posse was out searching. The guy that found us gave us a ride back to town on his tractor. He issued dire warnings of Reform School in our future.
Credit Disney photos to Barbara Winneman. I snagged those from the internet.