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We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Peculiar Missouri hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Langham Shanghai Xintiandi in Shanghai, Christian's Hotel in Luoyang China, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong, the Hotel Lisboa and its famous casino in Macau, the Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro and the Goldeneye Hotel (once the home of James Bond author Ian Fleming) in Jamaica's Oracabessa Bay. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Mammals, Reptiles, Birds and other Wildlife / Fauna of Missouri
Nine-banded armadillos, Western fox snakes, Northern scarlet snakes, pigeons, Eastern garter snakes, Graham's crayfish snakes, salamanders, rails, cormorants, reintroduced elk, coots, variable ground snakes, ibises, white-tailed deer, red milk snakes, turkey vultures, Western pygmy rattlesnakes, peregrine falcons, red foxes, prairie king snakes, Eastern coachwhips, yellow-bellied water snakes, beavers, woodpeckers, grebes, Western cottonmouths, herons, increasing sightings of mountain lions (cougars) and gray wolves (timber wolves), wild turkeys, increasing numbers of black bears, Great Plains rat snakes, broad-banded water snakes, bull snakes, frogs, Osage copperheads, bald eagles, speckled king snakes, black vultures, flat-headed snakes, purple martins, owls, pelicans, opossums, whooping cranes, Eastern yellow-bellied racers, Eastern hog-nosed snakes, raccoons, swans, bitterns, timber rattlesnakes, lizards, river turtles, red cardinals, lined snakes, bats and toads are among the wild animals of Missouri.
Scary Stories, Myths, Monsters, Folklore, Legends and Ghosts in Missouri
The ghost of a young boy in Sauer Castle, Kansas City; 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); strange phenomena at the Kemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn, St Louis; several ghosts haunting South East Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau; the tusked, serpentine Gowrow Dragon of Marvel Cave near Branson, named from its fearsome growls; the bigfoot seen in Hillsboro (could it have been MoMo?); the pteradactyl of Altamont; the Osage Native American ghostly wedding ceremony that is sometimes heard and occasionally seen, in the Bridal Cave of Thunder Mountain Park in Camdenton; and the flying, fire-breathing dragon that was seen from a steamboat in the 1850s, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Missouri.
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; the shadow people, with glowing red eyes, that lurk in the town of Maryville; the ghostly boy haunting the Union Covered Bridge in the eponymous State Historic Site, where the boy drowned in the nineteenth century; the large, black, feline Ozark Howler, the glowing eyes of which may cause the death of those it looks upon; 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 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; 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 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, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Missouri.
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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. Come back soon for another helpful Camelopard tip.
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