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    Reptiles, Birds, Mammals and other Wildlife / Fauna of Missouri

    Lined snakes, red milk snakes, whooping cranes, peregrine falcons, Western pygmy rattlesnakes, black vultures, turkey vultures, opossums, owls, Western cottonmouths, broad-banded water snakes, Eastern garter snakes, nine-banded armadillos, yellow-bellied water snakes, Eastern yellow-bellied racers, red foxes, raccoons, Osage copperheads, herons, white-tailed deer, prairie king snakes, Graham's crayfish snakes, timber rattlesnakes, Eastern coachwhips, rails, speckled king snakes, pigeons, bull snakes, coots, river turtles, pelicans, flat-headed snakes, bitterns, beavers, frogs, ibises, grebes, lizards, variable ground snakes, red cardinals, swans, bald eagles, Great Plains rat snakes, cormorants, bats, toads, Eastern hog-nosed snakes, Northern scarlet snakes, Western fox snakes, purple martins, salamanders, increasing numbers of black bears, increasing sightings of mountain lions (cougars) and gray wolves (timber wolves), reintroduced elk, wild turkeys and woodpeckers are among the wild animals of Missouri.

    Ghosts, Legends, Folklore, Scary Stories, Myths and Monsters in Missouri

    The flying, fire-breathing dragon that was seen from a steamboat in the 1850s; the Osage Native American ghostly wedding ceremony that is sometimes heard and occasionally seen, in the Bridal Cave of Thunder Mountain Park in Camdenton; the tusked, serpentine Gowrow Dragon of Marvel Cave near Branson, named from its fearsome growls; the phantom of a weeping Native American woman who, on moonlit nights, repeats her death jump from a cliff in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park (Creve Coeur Park), in St Louis County, where she tried to join her late husband in the spirit world; the spectral little girl, nicknamed Amy, who plays in the Music City Centre in Branson; the ghost of a young boy in Sauer Castle, Kansas City; hauntings of the historic Savoy Hotel and Grill in Kansas City, including that of Betsy Ward who, in the nineteenth century, died in her bath in room 505, as well as the spectre of Fred Lightner and, on the fourth floor, a little girl in Victorian dress, not to mention the strange behaviour of the elevator, which sometimes avoids the fourth floor and sometimes refuses to leave it; several ghosts haunting South East Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau; and the shadow people, with glowing red eyes, that lurk in the town of Maryville, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Missouri.

    The pteradactyl of Altamont; strange phenomena at the Kemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn, St Louis; the bigfoot seen in Hillsboro (could it have been MoMo?); the gold mine in the Ozarks, eighteen miles south west of the town of Galena, which is guarded by the skeletal ghosts of seven Spanish miners; how the Great Spirit created the Mina Sauk waterfall, in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, to wash away the blood of the Piankashaw maiden, Mina Sauk, who jumped to her death to follow her Osage lover, who had been thrown over the cliff on the orders of her father, Taum Sauk; the almost innumerable traditions, magical spells and superstitions of the Ozarks, some of which are recorded in Harold Bell Wright's novel The Shepherd of the Hills and in the John Wayne movie of the same name (though a rather different plot); the ghostly boy haunting the Union Covered Bridge in the eponymous State Historic Site, where the boy drowned in the nineteenth century; MoMo, the hairy, sasquatch-like Missouri Monster, that is believed to prey on the dogs of the town of Louisiana; the Spook Light of the Devil's Promenade, near Joplin (is it a lantern held by a ghostly miner or headless Native American, or is it the spectral light of Native American lovers who died in a lover's pact?); and the large, black, feline Ozark Howler, the glowing eyes of which may cause the death of those it looks upon, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Missouri.


    Some people say that they have no desire to visit America because they have seen so much of it on TV and in the movies. However, there is no substitute for the real thing. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Boston, San Diego, Skagway, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, St Louis, Sitka, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Savannah, Fairbanks, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Houston, New York, Anchorage, Seattle, Santa Fe, Washington DC, Corpus Christi, Albuquerque, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, Dallas, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Atlantic City, Kansas City, Juneau, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami are among the most famous cities in the USA. Other American mainland sites that should not be missed if a visitor to America, or an American for that matter, is to be regarded as well travelled, include The Disney resorts, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Adirondacks, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Mount Rainier National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Appalachians, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Everglades, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Ozarks, Mount Rushmore, Glacier Bay National Park, Niagara Falls, Route 66, the Grand Canyon, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, rodeos, Yosemite National Park, the Florida Keys, the California coastline, Bryce Canyon and Yellowstone National Park.

    The United States of America are so enormous that even most Americans cannot "know" all of their own country. Even visiting every state would be a major undertaking. It is possible, however, to visit the iconic places known all over the world, especially through Hollywood movies. Good luck on your travels.

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