A little slice of American history at Blackburn Park

Like many Americans, I love great views. I get a kick out of looking over a wide expanse of land for miles and miles. 

It never gets old for me. 

Blackburn Park is a spot with a great view that can be found in Pacific, Mo. This park sits about 100 feet above old Route 66 on a bluff that still has scars from the early days of silica mining. 

The park came about in 1940, when Jasper and Margaret Blackburn donated it to the city of Pacific. They wanted this spot to highlight the importance of Pacific as part of the Henry Shaw Gardenway. 

This stretch of road called the Gardenway connected the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit. 

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