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The Jesse James farm

The Jesse James farm Nov 24th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Jesse James grew up both lucky and unlucky. His father, Baptist preacher Robert Sallee James, owned a prosperous farm in Clay County. His slaves cultivated hemp and other cash crops, and Jesse and his older siblings Frank and Susan grew up in comfort. Robert kept a large library and both his sons became avid readers. Frank loved Shakespeare, while Jesse was more devoted to the Bible and...

Jesse James: the birth of a legend

Jesse James: the birth of a legend Nov 23rd, 2010 at 2:30PM: Legends often start quietly, with ordinary people making ordinary decisions that change history. In 1946 in Tupelo, Mississippi, a working-class mother gave her son a guitar for his birthday. Elvis Presley wanted a bicycle, but he started practicing music anyway. In 1913, an unknown music hall comedian named Charlie Chaplin decided to try his luck with the new medium of motion pictures. His first...

Best college restaurant: Good Morning America wants your vote

Best college restaurant: Good Morning America wants your vote Nov 19th, 2010 at 11:30AM: For most of us, college was a low period in our culinary lives. Ramen, macaroni and cheese, beer for breakfast. . .ah, the memories! When we got tired of contributing to our freshman fifteen with junk food, there was always that one place that served up something a little better, a little special. If you've been to college, or even if you haven't, I bet you just thought of that place right now....

Historic town fights federal government and lead poisoning

Historic town fights federal government and lead poisoning Nov 10th, 2010 at 11:30AM: You may never have heard of Caledonia, Missouri, but it's one of the most historic spots in the state. While the town has fewer than two hundred residents, its tiny downtown is filled with old homes and shops. It boasts 33 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and a steady stream of visitors who take up the town's invitation to "step back in time". Sadly, that all might be in...

US Airways: no solo flights for the disabled

US Airways: no solo flights for the disabled Oct 17th, 2010 at 3:00PM: If US Airways is looking for a motivational speaker to help it inspire employees and improve customer service, I have one in mind. In fact, he knows US Airways well, including the service areas most in need of help. Johnnie Tuitel tried to fly the carrier recently but was told he was too disabled to go it alone. According to the Associated Press: "I was raised to believe I could grow up...

Veterans thanked with free bed and breakfast stays

Veterans thanked with free bed and breakfast stays Oct 7th, 2010 at 3:00PM: If you've served your country, there's a bed and breakfast waiting to serve you. Many B&Bs already give military discounts of 10 percent to 20 percent, but a Shinnston, West Virginia innkeeper is about to up the ante. Kathleen Panek has gotten more than 525 inns in 48 states (and two in Canada) on board with her plan give rooms away to active and retired service members on November 10,...

St. Louis Gateway Arch is rusting

St. Louis Gateway Arch is rusting Aug 23rd, 2010 at 3:30PM: The landmark Gateway Arch, part of a National Park Service site on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, is corroding, and no one seems to know the extent of the damage. That's the word from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which studied reports on the corrosion dating back to 1984. The culprit seems to be moisture leaking into the Gateway Arch - a sophisticated engineering feat...

10 things to do in St. Louis: how to enjoy the city like a local

10 things to do in St. Louis: how to enjoy the city like a local Aug 20th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Whether you like jazz or opera, historic sites or popular entertainment, the visual arts or dance, there's something to satisfy every taste in St. Louis, Missouri. Centrally located, yet exotic in its quirkiness, this city on the Mississippi occupies a unique spot in our nation's history as the Gateway to the West. The graciousness of the south meets the hustle-bustle of the north in "the Lou."...

Toyota's Farm to Table Tour takes sustainable eating on the road

Toyota's Farm to Table Tour takes sustainable eating on the road Jul 20th, 2010 at 2:30PM: I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Yeah, right. Toyota just needs damage control. As if feel-good, treehugging road trips make up for all those recalls." But before you judge, let us separate the issue from the mission. This is Toyota's second annual Farm to Table Tour, in which 11 farmers markets nationwide participate with the automotive giant to visit "farmers markets across the...

Grant's Farm in St. Louis may become the next national park

Grant's Farm in St. Louis may become the next national park Jul 13th, 2010 at 11:30AM: The Busch family, of Anheuser-Busch fame, is considering transferring their 273-acre animal preserve, Grant's Farm, to the National Park Service. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the National Park Service has completed a reconnaisance study of the property, which is the initial step in considering a new park site. The Busch family has owned the St. Louis farm, once the property of...

Top Fourth of July fireworks spots across the US

Top Fourth of July fireworks spots across the US Jul 2nd, 2010 at 1:30PM: Here are ten of the biggest and best (as well as some smaller and more regionally or otherwise distinctive) fireworks displays to anticipate this Fourth of July across the United States. And even if you can't be in ten places across a continent in a single day (you can't? weird!) these spots might just provide a good reference list for your next decade of Fourth of July vacation planning. ...

Corn Palace to the Jolly Green Giant: 10 Midwest roadside attractions you must see

Corn Palace to the Jolly Green Giant: 10 Midwest roadside attractions you must see Jun 9th, 2010 at 12:00PM: America's heartland is home to plentiful crops, rolling hills and orange sunsets. You can find a Dairy Queen next to a cherry tree and park yourself in front of a drive-in movie on a hot summer night. There's also the world's largest bottle of ketchup, and enchanted highway and the Jolly Green Giant.... wait, what? It's true, travelers. The Midwest is home to many quirky attractions that might...

Photo of the Day (6.6.10)

Photo of the Day (6.6.10) Jun 6th, 2010 at 8:00PM: If you've never experienced a thunderstorm as it rolls across the Great Plains, you're missing out. During the shimmering-hot days of summer, you can hear and see these monsters coming from far away. Thunder rumbles ominously. Dark storm clouds rise to immense heights. The branches of trees flutter about in the intensifying breeze. It's truly one of the nature's greatest spectacles - the...

18 more great spots for hikers

18 more great spots for hikers Apr 30th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Most hikers agree: the best way to really learn about a place is to experience it by walking or climbing. It inspired us here at Gadling to take a look in February at the world's best hikes. There were so many great spots, in fact, we decided to follow it up today with 18 more. This collection of treasured, world-class hikes offers a variety of unforgettable experiences, and promises...

16 great farmers' markets

16 great farmers' markets Apr 15th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Farmers' markets are not only a great way to sample a community's natural bounty, they're also a unique setting to experience its culture. While each farmers' market is different, a really good farmers' market brings a sense of community to the cities and municipalities where they operate. Wondering where you can experience some of the freshest produce, tastiest snacks and friendliest people...

Photo of the Day (4.6.10)

Photo of the Day (4.6.10) Apr 6th, 2010 at 5:00PM: For most of you readers in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is (finally) here! That means it's time to start dusting off that outdoor gear and getting out into the springtime sun. This perfectly timed shot was captured on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri by photographer Graham Dodd. I love how the light is captured in this photo - and the incredible detail of the water particles suspended...

The 20 greatest cities in the world for foodies

The 20 greatest cities in the world for foodies Mar 11th, 2010 at 8:29AM: Once upon a time, the world's food capitals were a mere few well-known locales like Paris, New York, and Bangkok. All the action (and the eyes, and the forks) were focused there. Recently, though, many areas of the world have expanded and improved both their menus and their talents in the kitchen, resulting in far more places staking their claims in the classy world of quality dining....

Photo of the Day (1.10.2010)

Photo of the Day (1.10.2010) Jan 10th, 2010 at 6:00PM: The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis is truly one of our nation's most underrated landmarks. This magnificent milestone towers like a futuristic giant over the Saint Louis skyline, providing an iconic point of reference anywhere you happen to be in this historic Midwestern city. Flickr user SenzEnina snapped today's great shot of this famous structure, framing it perfectly with the city's Old...

NYC tops U.S. list of most expensive cities

NYC tops U.S. list of most expensive cities Dec 21st, 2009 at 3:00PM: It's not exactly shocking to see that New York City is the most expensive city in the United States. Groceries, gasoline and other items tend to run a tad more than twice the national average. Whether you rent or buy, you'll spend a fortune in this city, where the average price for a home is $1.1 million and an apartment, on average, will cost $3,400 a month. So, how can so many bloggers live...

Four forgotten Civil War battlefields

Four forgotten Civil War battlefields Nov 19th, 2009 at 10:30AM: Civil War battlefields are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. The most famous battlefields, such as Gettysburg and Shiloh, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. But there are many other battlefields that are just as interesting but little-known outside their local area. Here are four that any history buff will enjoy. You'll notice all of them are west of the...

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