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“within walking distance of Arch”

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site
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Owner description: Located within a stone’s throw of the Missouri River and Katy Trail State Park, and in the heart of historic St. Charles, First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site is the first seat of the state’s government. Its rough hewn timbers and dark wood floors whisper the tales of the state’s first legislature. Interpretive programs help visitors understand how the state’s government was formed and what life was like in the early 1800s.
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.

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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.

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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

1  Thank Relaxin14
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Food-Food-Food of ALL kinds- Trendy shop to see. Outside cafe's & Patio Bars. right on the River. Casinos right their. Some excellent antique shops. We have even participated in Civil War living history events. Their is everthing to see & do.

1  Thank Dan F
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

The building and fixtures of the first state capitol building causes one to pause and reflect about what life must have been like on the Missouri frontier.

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