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The Atlas Obscura Guide To Missouri
167 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Missouri
Updated January 9, 2024
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The Explorer's Guide to Highway 36: The Way of American Genius
Spanning the state of Missouri, from St. Joseph to Hannibal, Highway 36 is full of intriguing stops packed with incredible stories of innovation. Known as “The Way of American Genius,” the route highlights inventions and individuals who left a lasting mark. From the starting point of the Pony Express and the bakery that introduced sliced bread to magical towns that sparked inspiration for creative geniuses Walt Disney and Mark Twain, these spots along Missouri’s Highway 36 will leave any traveler dreaming of the next big thing.