Find plenty of history and family fun in Missouri's Northwest Region.
North of Kansas City is an area so rich in history you'll feel as though you've been transported back 100 years. The turbulent, glory-filled era of the century past is still alive in St. Joseph, where the Pony Express began its brief but legendary run. Relive that first ride at the red brick Pony Express Stables, now fully restored as a museum. The Patee House, the first headquarters of the Pony Express, originally a four-story luxury hotel, now showcases 1800s American lifestyle. Next door sits the house where outlaw Jesse James spent his last years before being gunned down by Bob Ford in 1882.
St. Joseph is a city rich not only with a proud past, but also plenty of culture. There are numerous museums, galleries and historical sites: the National Military Heritage Museum, Knea-Von Black Archives and the St. Joseph Fire Museum to name a few. Shopping at the Stetson Hat Factory Outlet, gaming aboard the St. Jo Frontier Casino and a walk along the historic parkway are musts.
Farther north you'll find Maryville, home to Northwest Missouri State University and dozens of cultural events. A short drive east will bring you to Jamesport, the state's largest Amish settlement. Amish foods, crafts and antiques lure today's travelers. Tours provide glimpses of the Amish way of life. At Gallatin, you'll find more reminders of the infamous James Gang, and the unique 1889 squirrel cage rotary jail.
Throughout the region are ample opportunities to meet nature at her best with fishing, hiking and other outdoor fun. Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge and Big Lake State Park, both near Mound City, are home to an abundance of wildlife, including migrating snow geese and bald eagles.
In Trenton, visit the Grundy County Museum, St. Philip's Episcopal Church and 1930s WPA Rock Barn. Near Trenton, spend time camping, swimming and fishing at Crowder State Park.
Whether you are searching for nightlife, fun, history or rural charm, you will find everything you are looking for in the Missouri's Northwest Region.
Community Health Centers in this region include Northwest Health Services, Inc. with their main facility in St. Joseph, has satellite facilities in King City, Mound City, Oregon, Hamilton, Braymer, Cainsville, Savannah and Hamilton Missouri.
Critical Access Hospitals in this region include Northwest Medical Center, Harrison County Community Hospital, Carroll County Memorial Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, Community Hospital-Fairfax, Ray County Memorial Hospital and Wright Memorial Hospital.
For additional information regarding this region such as individual county HPSA status or loan repayment eligibility, please contact the Missouri Primary Care Association.
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