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Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center

Roadway with two-story storefronts on either side
Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center

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Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Restroom, Wheelchair Accessible

The Arrow Rock State Historic Site visitors’ center opened in 1991 and features nearly 9,000 square feet of exhibit space. The center interprets the history of Arrow Rock and the central Missouri region historically known as “Boone’s Lick Country.” You can watch a 20-minute video “Arrow Rock: Frontier Town of the Boone’s Lick” an introduction and overview of the community. Historical and state park related souvenirs and clothing items are available at the visitor center gift shop.

Site Information 

The visitor center is a block-and-a-half south of Main Street. The parking lot entry road is located on Highway 41, one-quarter mile south of Arrow Rock. Site offices are located in the visitor center.

Exhibits are chronologically arranged and features artifacts pertaining to local history:

  • Native American Presence — focusing on the Osage and Missouris tribes.
  • Waterway West — the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1803 to 1806
  • War of 1812, Settlement and Conflict in the Boone’s Lick — the clash between white settlers and American Indians from 1808 to 1815
  • Settling the Boone’s Lick, Town Building on the Missouri Frontier — town founding and the massive migration from the upper South to the area between 1815 and 1830
  • Agriculture — agricultural techniques and innovations and the use of slaves on hemp and tobacco plantations, circa 1816 to 1861
  • Rivers and Roads, Moving Passengers and Produce in the Boone’s Lick — Missouri River commerce and forms of overland transportation
  • Westward the Star of Empire, the Boone’s Lick and the Santa Fe Trade — the beginning of trade with Mexico through the war with Mexico, 1821 to 1848
  • George Caleb Bingham — the life and artwork of Missouri’s most famous artist and Arrow Rock’s most famous resident. Several original portraits and prints are featured
  • Troubled Times, the Civil War — 1861 to 1865
  • Slavery, Racism, Violence: Justice and the Constitution — the black experience in the Boone’s Lick from 1865 to 1955
  • Arrow Rock, Preserving a Monument of the Boone’s Lick — early efforts to preserve and interpret the town beginning in 1912 and through to the present


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Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Last updated: July 28, 2021