Gate Guarding

Gate Guarding

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday as a Tourist in Sedalia

Saturday we played tourist. First we went to "Wheel on In" a 50's diner type restaurant for lunch. Mac had a "Guber Burger" which is made with 2 patties of ground beef, cheese,mayo, peanut butter, lettuce, tomato, and onions. YUCK! I just had the regular cheeseburger and curly fries. It was great!. Mac said his was good but definitely different!  lol

We left there headed for Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site north of Sedalia. Here is a little history:

"Sitting atop a 120-foot bluff, bothwell Lodge can't be missed by travelers heading north on Highway 65. The castlelike building was constructed between 1897 and 1928 for a prominent Sedalia Lawyer, John HOmer Bothwell. Bothwell Lodge was built in 4 sections on top of three natural caves, using native rock fro the estate grounds. the 12,000 square foot lodge, of the Arts & Crafts movement was a getaway for Bothwell and his friends."

They offer a tour of the 31 room lodge but there was a tour in progress and would be about 45 minutes before the next one and we didn't want to just sit around and wait so we took photos from the outside and headed on down the road.

Bothwell Lodge Historical Site Sign

Bothwell Lodge from highway1

from the highway

Bothwell Lodge closeup3

overlooking the highway

Bothwell Lodge Back1

the back side

Bothwell info board4

Bothwell info board1

Bothwell info Board3

Bothwell infor Board2

Bothwell Lodge looking down from balcony

Looking down from the balcony...Yikes! I am afraid of heights!

Next we headed toward the Katy Trail Depot. We arrived at 3:45 and they were already closed. So no photos on the inside of it either.

 Katy Depot1

Katy Depot2

KAty Depot3

Sedalia was also home to Scott Joplin and the Ragtime music he created. Scott Joplin was a black man who moved from Texas to Sedalia, Missouri to attend college here. A pretty amazing story for the 1860s. The Scott Joplin festival is visited by people the world over. It starts next week, just a little too late for us to stick around.  Here is a mural painted in downtown Sedalia dedicated to Scott Joplin.
Scott Joplin Mural

Sedalia is also famous for a rock concert that rivaled Woodstock! Called the Ozark Music Festival, attendance estimates go as high as 350,000! With performances by Jefferson Starship, Eagles, and Marshall Tucker Band among many others, the main attraction was the hippie culture that took over the Missouri State Fairgrounds for four days in July of 1974. Here is a link to a website that will tell all about the Festival.

Ozark Music Festival

Here is one picture from the aftermath of the Music Festival .


This is the same place where we have been staying for the last week...Wow

We went out to dinner tonight at Ryan's. It was the worst meal I have ever eaten at a Ryan's Restaurant. We left there and I had Mac take me to Baskin Robbin's since I didn't eat desert at the restaurant. I got 2 scoops of sugar-free Chocolate Truffle & caramel ice cream. OMG! it was so good. lol

I'm gonna leave you with a couple of photos that one of our friends took the other day when it was raining. He was up on one of the buildings, I think overlooking our campground..

campers in the rain 

campers in the rain2

Not sure what we will be doing on Sunday, but we will still be in Sedalia. Not leaving until Monday morning...

Hugs to all & wish you were here!!!

1 comment:

Leno said...

Nice post Lynette.. You sure did sitesee today..