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    We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Smithville Missouri hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Marrakech), Claridge's in London, the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong (featuring in the Clark Gable movie Soldier of Fortune), the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa and the Renaissance Suzhou Hotel in Suzhou China. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.

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

    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; 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 Osage Native American ghostly wedding ceremony that is sometimes heard and occasionally seen, in the Bridal Cave of Thunder Mountain Park in Camdenton; 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 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?); the pteradactyl of Altamont; strange phenomena at the Kemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn, St Louis; and 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, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Missouri.

    The large, black, feline Ozark Howler, the glowing eyes of which may cause the death of those it looks upon; several ghosts haunting South East Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau; MoMo, the hairy, sasquatch-like Missouri Monster, that is believed to prey on the dogs of the town of Louisiana; the flying, fire-breathing dragon that was seen from a steamboat in the 1850s; 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); the bigfoot seen in Hillsboro (could it have been MoMo?); the ghostly boy haunting the Union Covered Bridge in the eponymous State Historic Site, where the boy drowned in the nineteenth century; the spectral little girl, nicknamed Amy, who plays in the Music City Centre in Branson; and the tusked, serpentine Gowrow Dragon of Marvel Cave near Branson, named from its fearsome growls, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Missouri.

    State Parks, State Forests, National Forests, National Parks, Nature Reserves and Refuges in Missouri

    Dark Cypress Swamp Wildlife Area; Turkey Creek Wildlife Area; Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge; Hornersville Swamp Wildlife Area; Daniel Boone Memorial State Forest; Little Lost Creek State Forest; Bonanza Wildlife Area; Big Buffalo Creek Wildlife Area; Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge; Ozark Cavefish National Wildlife Refuge; Cuivre River State Park; Lake of the Ozarks State Park; Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge; Mark Twain National Forest; Elephant Rocks State Park; Wah-Sha-She Prairie Wildlife Area; Cardareva State Forest; the swamps and wildlife of the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge; Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge; Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, site of the Mina Sauk waterfall and its legend; Pony Express Wildlife Area; Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge; Big Sugar Creek State Park; Ha Ha Tonka State Park with its ruined castle; Meramec State Park with its hardwood forests and its system of limestone and dolomite caves; Sam A Baker State Park; Great River National Wildlife Refuge; Johnson's Shut-ins State Park; and St Joe State Park, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Missouri.


    America welcomes careful drivers; also pilots and passengers, for that matter. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Honolulu, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Detroit, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Sitka, Fairbanks, Kansas City, St Louis, Santa Fe, Miami, Indianapolis, Skagway, Atlanta, Savannah, Seattle, Minneapolis, Juneau, Atlantic City, Houston, Chicago, Boston, Salt Lake City, Corpus Christi, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, Anchorage, Albuquerque, Sacramento, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Lake Tahoe and New York 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 Mount Rushmore, rodeos, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Ozarks, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Appalachians, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Route 66, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Disney resorts, the Adirondacks, Mount Rainier National Park, Niagara Falls, Yellowstone National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Everglades, the California coastline, Glacier Bay National Park, Yosemite National Park and the Florida Keys.

    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. We hope that you found today's Camelopard tip useful.

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