Traveler Staff Writers

Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center closed to begin construction on new facility

BRANSON – Combining popular conservation programs with Branson’s tourist boom has turned the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center into a facility that has become overwhelmed by popularity. In order to better accommodate its large annual visitation numbers, the conservation center closed to the public on March 12 so work…

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The Missouri Pacific poetic promotion of Ozark float tripping

Before Jim Owen and later John Morris pitched fishing the Ozarks, the Missouri Pacific railroad lured visitors to “the White River Country in the Missouri Ozarks” with romantic descriptions:  A 1922 Missouri Pacific booklet, 31 pages, photographically illustrated. This gem rhapsodically describes recreational assets of the upper White River. The artist-illustrated cover depicts the target…

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Missouri Division of Tourism is removing listings from the state travel guide

To the Editor, Over time, the Missouri Division of Tourism’s annual travel guide grew from a small booklet highlighting key tourism attractions and destinations to a nearly 200-page, directory-style publication that included thousands of individual business listings. In recent years it has become increasingly difficult to publish a truly comprehensive guide.  Many businesses, perhaps recognizing…

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