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“Worth A Visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site
200 South Main Street, Saint Charles, MO
636-940-3322
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St. Charles,Mo
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13 reviews
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“Worth A Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

While the Capitol was being built in Jefferson City ,Mo-St. Charles was the capitol for about five years. Basically because the state was given free rent.
The building has been restored to it original look. The visitors bureau offer guided tours. The main street of St. Charles is filled with restaurants and shops.
You can also take a buggy ride for $12.00 for adults for 20 minutes.
Main street has its share of Ghosts and Ghost tours are available!.

Visited October 2013
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Central KY
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32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“within walking distance of Arch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

worth the time and short walk from the Arch. self directed tour but there is a park ranger available to answer questions. City Garden is within walking distance.

Visited August 2013
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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13 attraction reviews
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“For history buffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

When Missouri achieved statehood in 1821, its constitution stipulated that the capital be located within 40 miles of the mouth of the Osage River. That site turned out to be Jefferson City, but in 1821 there was nothing there, so the new government needed a place to meet. The residents of the small French fur-trapping village of St. Charles offered a free meeting place and the state government moved here from St. Louis. The building they used for the legislative meeting space and governor's office was saved from demolition by the state in 1961 and restored to how it may have appeared in 1821. The lower level was a dry-goods store and a residence for its owners. The tour shows you the space used by the government as well as the residence and store. The spaces are furnished with period furniture and the store features items typical of a store of that type and period. Together, they give the visitor a glimpse at life in the 1820s. The tour includes an explanation of Missouri's route to statehood, slavery's role in the debate, and how it was another step in the nation's march toward civil war.

Visited July 2013
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Hermann, Missouri
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“Learn lots of historical trivia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is the site of the first MO state capital. The tour guide was very informative and toured us through all of the buildings on the site grounds. It was very authentic and took you back in the times of when it was a working capital. Learned lots of historical trivia

Visited July 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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24 attraction reviews
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“Full of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Walking up and down Main Street along with a nice riverfront park offers something for everyone. Main Street has many restaurants and other drinking establishments. Main Street also offers a different variety of shops and offices. On many of the buildings is a plaque offering a pIcture of what each building looked lIke at one time along with a short story of what each building was used for. As mentioned, located behind Main Street is a tree lined park to walk through or sit in. Many festivals are held throughout the year on Main Street itself and/or in the park. A suggestion is to arrive early for any of the festivals as parking can become a real challenge.

Visited May 2013
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