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On this day in 1927, Meramec State Park became a part of the park system #ShowMeYourStatePark

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#FlashbackFriday – Heavy machinery cleaning the stream at Montauk State Park in the 1960s. #ShowMeYourStatePark
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By 1818, Missouri was ready for statehood, but the controversy over slavery delayed its admission. Alabama became the 22nd state in 1819, which gave the Union an equal number of free and slave states (11 each). Missouri’s admission would tip the balance of power toward the slave states. Maine was also seeking statehood as a free state, so a compromise was reached to maintain the balance of...
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In celebration of African American History Month, Washington State Park will host guided bus tours of the work of CCC Company 1743 on Feb. 18-19. Company 1743 was an African American Civilian Conservation Corps Company and their work can be seen throughout the park. Washington State Park interpretive staff will lead these guided tours and discuss the cultural heritage of Company 1743 and...
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On this date in 1952, Thousand Hills State Park became a part of the state park system. #ShowMeYourStatePark

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On this day in 1982, Onondaga Cave State Park became a part of the state park system.

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#FlashbackFriday – Missouri State Parks celebrated its 75th anniversary on June 20, 1992 at Deutschheim State Historic Site. #ShowMeYourStatePark
The coyote is one of the most adaptable, abundant members of the wild dog family in Missouri. Their distinct calls of barks, howls and yips often increase in pitch and end in a howl. Coyote calls are heard any time of year, but are more common during their mating period in late February through early March. Their pups are born blind and helpless in late April or May and cared for by both...
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Give your sweetheart the gift of the outdoors this Valentines Day with a Missouri State Parks gift card. They can be used on camping, historic site tours, cave tours and more!

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#FlashbackFriday – Cannon firing during a reenactment at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in the 1960s. #ShowMeYourStatePark
When you see one cedar waxwing, you will likely see another. These birds of a feather flock together to feast on fruit. These songbirds are found in our state during the winter, but are more common in spring and early summer. Their presence revolves around food sources. Normally, they are seen in flocks, feeding on fruit-producing trees. They are known to pass fruit from one bird to another so...
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On this day in 1977, Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio became a part of the state park system. #ShowMeYourStatePark

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Wishing for warmer weather and outdoor adventures? Start planning your next camping trip today. Camping reservations are available up to six months in advance of the first day of your trip.

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Make plans to visit Montauk State Park on Feb. 3 for a unique eagle-viewing hike. Watch as the eagles glide across the skies above the Montauk valley. Meet at the CCC stone picnic shelter at 8 a.m.

Bald Eagle Viewing Hike | Missouri State Parks

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On this day in 1974, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site became a part of the state park system. #ShowMeYourStatePark

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#FlashbackFriday – Water-skiers forming an impressive pyramid at Lake of the Ozarks State Park around the 1950s/60s. #ShowMeYourStatePark
In winter, the sycamore trees’ ghostly appearance is hauntingly beautiful. Although it looks desolate, this tree provides many benefits for animals along waterways. The tree grows up to 100 feet tall and provides an aerial view from which to hunt and protect young. Eagles often perch here while looking for a meal and the great blue heron uses the tree canopy for its nest. The tendency for...
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Make plans today for the 2017 Katy Trail Ride. Registration opens on March 1 at 8 a.m.

2017 Katy Trail Ride | Missouri State Parks

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#FlashbackFriday – View of the marina in 1972 at Thousand Hills State Park. #ShowMeYourStatePark
Slavery was a cornerstone of the economy of Missouri’s “Little Dixie” region during the early 1800s. Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of Jan. 1, 1863, did not affect the border states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri because they had not seceded from the Union. Missouri to became the first border state to abolish slavery on Jan. 11, 1865. An excerpt from Missouri's...
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