After leaving St. Louis, Missouri our first stop was St. Charles. St. Charles is a pretty town located on the banks of the Missouri River.
Visiting Frontier Park we explored the old train station.
Isn’t this a nice place for a picnic or to sit while eating lunch. We enjoyed beautiful warm, sunny weather–perfect late summer and early fall days. We ducks love to be on old trains.
While looking at this train car, we found a painted rock.
The back of the rock suggested that we rehide the rock and wait for someone new to find it. We were to post all this on social media, but we did not. We photographed it and returned it to the original location. Maybe you will be the next to find it in Frontier Park in St. Charles, Missouri. This train station looked inviting. We, Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck, are between the letters U and M.
St. Charles is also famous as the starting point for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1804, shortly after the United States completed the Louisiana Purchase, President Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to travel through the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean. Congress authorized $2,500 ($48,867 in 2016 value) for the expedition. The purposes were to establish US presence in the area to prevent other countries from establishing colonies here. Also to study the area’s plant and animal life and the geography. And to establish trade with the local Native American tribes. After reaching the Pacific Ocean, they were to return to St. Louis. The two explorers, and their dog, Seaman, left St. Charles on May 21, 1804.
They traveled about 8,000 miles (13,000 km) by boat, by foot and by horseback. Lewis kept a detailed journal and collected samples of plants and animals he encountered. Along the way they met and received help from a Native American woman, Sacagawea. October 1805 they reached the Pacific Ocean in present day Oregon. They returned to St. Louis September 23, 1806. Their journey was a lot more difficult than ours. We drove a car on I-70 and stopped whenever we needed gas, wanted food and beverages and stopped at some souvenir shops. When Soapy’s mom was very young, she and my mom, also her mom, took many road trips. They both have fond memories of Stuckey’s. This was a perfect stop while traveling. They bought gasoline, ate, did a little souvenir shopping, and savored delicious pecan logs. Now, unfortunately, we do not see Stuckey’s along the highways. But we were looking! Then we saw a sign for Stuckey’s. In we went. It wasn’t exactly a Stuckey’s, but another company may have purchased the rights to Stuckey brands. This was our treasure today.
Hey moms, we had more pecan logs. Somebody ate them. Yummy!
I loved Stuckey’s!
The pecan logs are still delicious
I really love old train stations. They have so much character and it makes me so happy to see them restored to their former glory.
As a Canadian I have heard of the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark, but I did not know much detail. Thank you for sharing this history. Enjoyed learning about it! 🙂
St. Charles was a great stop. Loved the train station and the park along the Missouri River. Was beautiful and historic. Thanks for reading and commenting.
You are most welcome! 🙂