Arrow Rock Tavern and Huston Store
(water color editing used on this photo)
Not long ago, I was headed down I-70 and decided to take a detour down Hwy 71 to Arrow Rock, MO. Arrow Rock is a picturesque village of less than 100 residents situated on a bluff along the Missouri River.
This little village has been designated a National Historic Landmark recognizing the association with Westward Expansion, the Santa Fe Trail, and artist George Caleb Bingham. The town has a few restaurants, the Arrow Rock Tavern in the first photo serves country-style meals and has a ballroom upstairs. There are several bed and breakfasts in the village, and shops showcasing antiques, gifts, and old time crafts. But no gas station! I couldn't help but wonder how many people come into Arrow Rock hoping to be able to fill their gas tanks before leaving.
I'm not sure if this is a real bank or not! I played with this photo and used a water color effect. You probably have noticed that the sidewalk along the store fronts is really a boardwalk.
A one-man jail.
Arrow Rock is also home to the Lyceum Theatre,
Missouri's oldest regional professional theater.
Another look at the Lyceum Theatre. I wish I could say I've been to a play there, but that's on my bucket list.
This beautiful old house is seen just down the street from the boardwalk shops. I used the water color effect on this photo. Below is another shot of the house.
I'd love to see the inside of this beauty.
Arrow Rock has several things going on throughout the year to draw tourists, one of them being the 43rd Annual Heritage Craft Festival which was held this past weekend. This festival features old time crafts by artisans dressed in period costume. It is a fun event that we've been to several times in past years.
I had several other photos, but many of them have a spot that I discovered after taking several. You may have noticed one in the first photo. Turns out it was a smudge on my lens that was easily fixed, but time was running short and I didn't retake photos. Not that the town was that busy. I think there may have been 4 or 5 other cars seen. This small village has 45 full time and 33 part-time residents. There are also many interesting old homes to see in Arrow Rock and I enjoyed my little visit.
Until next time...