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St. James MO hotels. Search for hotels in St. James Missouri USA. Missouri national parks, state parks, state forests, national forests, wildlife, sightseeing and/or attractions. Weird tales, monsters, ghosts, hauntings, scary stories, legends, folklore and myths of Missouri. Anecdotes, hints, tips and warnings by Camelopard.

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    Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your St. James Missouri hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip in Macau, the Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro, the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong, 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.

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

    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 pteradactyl of Altamont; 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; several ghosts haunting South East Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau; the large, black, feline Ozark Howler, the glowing eyes of which may cause the death of those it looks upon; the bigfoot seen in Hillsboro (could it have been MoMo?); and the ghost of a young boy in Sauer Castle, Kansas City, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Missouri.

    The flying, fire-breathing dragon that was seen from a steamboat in the 1850s; 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; 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 Osage Native American ghostly wedding ceremony that is sometimes heard and occasionally seen, in the Bridal Cave of Thunder Mountain Park in Camdenton; 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?); strange phenomena at the Kemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn, St Louis; MoMo, the hairy, sasquatch-like Missouri Monster, that is believed to prey on the dogs of the town of Louisiana; 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; and the spectral little girl, nicknamed Amy, who plays in the Music City Centre in Branson, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Missouri.

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

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


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