The photo gallery in this section is just a sampling of the astonishing swath of Americana awaiting travelers along US36.

All photos are by Allan Ferguson unless otherwise noted. Many more attractions are featured in Route 36: Ohio to Colorado—America’s Heartland Highway.

Missouri – Map 1

Another “must” stop on Route 36—the Boyhood Home of Mark Twain in Hannibal, Missouri, introduces us to the greatest of American writers, still relevant in the 21st century.

Speaking of “must” stops and boyhood homes, Walt Disney lived in Marceline during formative years of his life. The Walt Disney Hometown Museum records the career of the greatest “brand” creator in America’s 20th century.

Missouri – Map 2

Not far from Marceline, another boyhood home awaits at Laclede —this one belonging to General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing. Now a state park with a new, expansive museum, we stop here to follow the career of one of America’s greatest military men and the awful carnage of World War I.

The “Home of Sliced Bread” greets travelers at Chillicothe. Mr. Rohwedder’s marvelous machine holds a place of honor in the Grand County Museum. Some thirty unique murals by artist Kelly Poling dot the city center, drawing tourists into town one mile north of US36.

Thanks to the Missouri Star Quilt Company, Hamilton has become the “Quilting Capital of the Nation.”This mural by Kelly Poling welcomes travelers to the little town.  

Before the coming of quilting fame, Hamilton was known as the hometown of J.C. Penney. Mr. Penney’s remarkable career is captured in an interesting museum housed in the public library.

St. Joseph is “Where the Pony Express began and Jesse James ended.” US36 travelers can see both of those sites within a few blocks of one another on the south side of town. The rest of the city is interesting too; it was the “jumping off” place during the nation’s westward push beyond the Missouri River.

Route 36: Ohio to Colorado—America’s Heartland Highway