Traveling the Boone’s Lick road, from start to finish

(Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series — Day 2: Mineola to Boone’s Lick.)

After camping out at Graham Cave State Park, I continued my quest to follow the Boone’s Lick Road from beginning to end and see as many historic markers that I could find.  

I was particularly looking for the pink granite markers erected in 1913 by The Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Missouri.

Boone’s Lick Road was the original road through the east half of Missouri. It was eventually replaced by a more direct Highway 40 and other roads, and then a very direct Interstate 70.

I started the second day of my trip at Interstate 70 and Highway J, which is the Danville exit where I had found the last pink granite marker.  

I followed Highway J west to the town of Mineola. Just as I was driving into the town, I glanced to my left and spotted a pink granite marker through the woods.

Smithton (now Columbia)

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