What to See and Do in Silver Rails Country
Located in Northeast Missouri (NEMO)

At the La Plata stop on the route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief
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Note: Minutes in brackets refer to driving time from the Depot Inn & Suites located at
1245 N. Brown St., La Plata, MO 63549, in the heart of Silver Rails Country.

    La Plata:

  • 1. Depot Inn & Suites (Photos) [0 min], 1245 N. Brown St., La Plata, MO 63549, 888-814-3669, 660-332-4669, Affordable luxury accommodations located on the historic Wabash line in the heart of Silver Rails Country, the hotel is themed after an 1800's railroad depot and landscaped with many railroad-related antiques.

  • 2. Exhibition of Amtrak History (Photos) [0 min], in 2 railroad cars at 1245 N. Brown St., La Plata 63549, 660-332-4669, Collection of the Amtrak Historical Society, a TrainAndToyDisplays.com professional model railroad exhibit.

  • 3. Silver Rails Gallery & Memorial Library (Photos) [2 min], 109 S. Gex St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-956-4157, Works of Railroad Art & Photograph, a railroad gift shop, plus a collection of railroad books & journals

  • 4. Chris Guenzler Millionth Rail Mile Lookout Point (Photos) [1 min], at the end of the road behind The Red Rooster Restaurant, Cabin & Deck overlooking the BNSF mainline

  • 5. La Plata Santa Fe Depot / Amtrak Station (Photos) [2 min], 535 N. Owensby St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-956-0460, Restored Historic Santa Fe Depot Click here for station info and history.

  • 6. TrainWeb.com & TrainParty.com (Photos) [2 min], 100 E. Benton St., La Plata, MO 63549, 800-761-4294, Home office of TrainWeb.com & TrainParty.com - Take a tour of the warehouse of over 1000 different railroad themed party supplies

  • 7. Silver Rails Event Center (Photos) [2 min], 204 E. Moore St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-956-4157, A rail themed function hall for meetings, shows, weddings, etc.

  • 8. RailfansFriend.com [2 min], 109 S. Gex St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-287-1714, Magnets, Posters, DVDs, and other unique railroad related gifts.

  • 9. Santa Fe Espresso (Photos) [2 min], 121 Gex St., La Plata, MO 63549, Coffee, Soup, Salad, Sandwiches, Pastries, Dessert.

  • 10. Chew Choo Cafe (Photos) [2 min], located in the La Plata Pharmacy at 20036 July Road, La Plata, MO 63549, 660-332-4456

  • 11. Santa Fe Lake (Photos) [2 min], Built by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1907 and has been a swimming, fishing, and picnicking destination since the 1920's.

  • Note: Above Items Are All Railroad Related and In La Plata!
    More Railroad Related Items Are Located Further Down The List In the Region:

  • 12. Show-n-Off Photography & DJ Service (Photos) [2 min], 109 S. Gex St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-287-1714, Photos for Engagements, Weddings, Anniversaries, Senions, Kids, Family, Car/Bike/Truck, Reunions, Events, Sports Team, or Commercial. First Class DJ Entertainment for Everyone!

  • 13. Amish Country Variety Store & Amish Country Bakery (Photos) [7 min], 25531 State Highway 156, La Plata, MO 63549, less than 4 miles out of town. A General Store to the Amish but also open and welcome to the public.

  • 14. La Plata Municipal Golf Course [3 min], 301 S. Hastings, La Plata, MO 63549, 660-332-4584, 18 Hole Golf Course.

  • 15. The Red Rooster Restaurant (Photos) [0 min], 1155 N. Brown St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-332-7337, A great restaurant right next door to the Depot Inn & Suites

  • 16. Grandma's Home Cookin (Photos) [2 min], 129 E. Moore St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-332-7939, Especially great for breakfast in Downtown La Plata

  • 17. Smitty's Tavern (Photos) [2 min], 209 S. Gex St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-332-4232, Late night spot for beer, wine & spirits

  • 18. Gilbreath-McLorn Victorian House (Photos) [2 min], 225 N. Owensby St., La Plata, MO 63549, Built in 1896, Added to National Registor of Historic Places in 1978. Tours by Appointment. Contact Nancy Belfield at 660-216-9755 or 660-332-4224.

  • 19. Doneghy Victorian House (Photos) [2 min], 301 N. Owensby St., La Plata, MO 63549, Built in 1895, Added to National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

  • 20. Lester Dent House [2 min], 225 N. Church St., La Plata, MO 6349, Lester Dent was author of the "Doc Savage" pulp novels of the 1930's and 1940's. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Click here for further information.

  • 21. Green Theatre (Photos) [2 min], 217 S. Gex St., La Plata, MO 63549, Historic movie house built in 1935, closed in 1985, currently undergoing restoration. Click here for further information.

  • 22. La Plata City Reservoir [2 min], Leopard Ave., La Plata, MO 63549, Fishing, Hunting, Boat Ramp, Camping Available, Contact City Hall 660-332-7166.

  • 23. Casey's General Store (Gas Station & Carry-Out Pizza) (Photos) [0 min], 1107 N. Brown Street, La Plata, MO, 660-332-4449.

  • 24. La Plata Short Stop (Gas Station & Store) (Photos) [0 min], 1000 N. Brown St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-332-7744.

  • 25. Bank of La Plata (Photos) [0 min], 1200 N. Brown Street, La Plata, MO 63549, 660-332-2265.

  • 26. C&R Super Market (Photos) [2 min], 109 E. Clark St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-332-4422.

  • 27. Jackson Country Connection & Corn Maze (Photos) [10 min], 28496 Nature Lane, La Plata, MO 63549, 660-332-7899, An outdoor agricultural entertainment center providing family fun activities including a walkable corn maze sometimes featuring a train theme (September & October).

  • 28. La Plata Lumber Company [2 min], 201 E. Sanders St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-332-4411

  • 29. TrainWeb.com [2 min], 100 E. Benton St., La Plata, MO 63549, Tour the headquarters!

  • Kirksville:

  • 43. Missouri Department of Conservation Northeast Regional Office [14 min], 3500 S Baltimore, Kirsville, MO 63501, 660-785-2420, includes a 1,300 gallon aquarium, an observation bee hive, snake display, bird viewing area, and nature shop.

  • 50. Colton's Steak House & Grill [14 min], 1116 Country Club Dr., Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-665-6336

  • 52. Kirksville Downtown Cinema 8 (Photos) [19 min], 115 N. Elson, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-665-5683.

  • 53. Kirksville Regional Airport (Photos) [10 min], 27161 Airport Trail, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-665-5020. Cape Air provides three flights a day, seven days a week, from Kirksville to Lambert-St.Louis International Airport.

  • 54. Kirksville Arts Center (Photos) [19 min], 117 S Franklin St., Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-665-0500, Fosters the arts for Northeast Missouri's rural communities.

  • 55. Adair County Historical Society Museum (Photos) [19 min], 211 S. Elson St., Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-665-6502, Collections of Adair County history artifacts, documents, narratives, and photographs.

  • 56. S&S Printing and Graphics [18 min], 701 N. Marion St., Kirksville, MO 63501, 800-279-2234, Full Color Printing, Banners, Forms, Carbonless Forms, Business Cards, Brochures, Book's, Advertising Specials, Full Color Graphics & Signs, Labels, Vinyl Graphics & Signs, Vehicle Graphics, Stationery, Statements, Layout & Design, Vinyl Graphics, Signs.

  • 57. Rineharts Music & Video [19 min], 114 S. Franklin St., Kirksville, MO 63510, 660-627-3916, A large collection of Lester Dent's Doc Savage books and other memorabilia on public display. Also Vinyl, CDs, DVDs, Magazines, Books, Gifts, and more.

  • 58. Enterprise Rent-A-Car [19 min], 2611 S. Franklin St., Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-665-3396, Pick up your car 7 days per week at the La Plata Amtrak Station, the Depot Inn & Suites or the Kirksville Airport. Call to arrange to have your car waiting for you. Use Coupon Code L51EZ54 for significant savings.

  • 69. Novinger Coal Miners Museum [35 min], 135 Main St, Novinger, MO 63559, 660-488-5559, 660-488-6450, 660-488-6795, 660-488-5361. Open year round by appointment only. Contains coal mining items, farm antiques and memorabilia from local businesses. Coal mining was the main industry of north Missouri in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • 70. Pickler's Famous Soda Fountain & Ice Cream Parlor [19 min], 114 W. Harrison St., Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-988-9099. Also featuring dual-venue movie theater and performance space upstairs.

  • 71. Century 21 Whitney Agency Inc. [19 min], 2412A S. Franklin, Kirksville, MO 63504, 660-665-5678.

  • 72. Lost Branch Blueberry Farm [23 min], Lost Branch Way, Brashear, MO 63533, 660-342-1771. Pick your own blueberries from mid-June to August at one of the largest blueberry plantations in Missouri. There are also sheep and goats for children to pet.

  • 74. Eagle Lodge RV Park [9 min], 27399 Starlight Trl, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-332-1387, RV full hook-up camp sites available with electricity, water and sewer, picnic tables, shelter with grill, firewood and fire rings available. Open all year.

  • 65. Still National Osteopathic Museum (Virtual Tour) [16 min], 800 W. Jefferson St., Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-626-2359. Located inside the Tinning Education Center at AT Still University. As the only museum dedicated to the national history of osteopathic medicine it features distinctive exhibits highlighting osteopathy's heritage.

  • 79. Dee's Good Old Days Antique Mall [15 min], 1105 S. Baltimore (Rt 63) Kirksville, MO 63501 (660)665-3540, Antiques, Gifts and collectibles.

  • Macon:

  • 35. Maples Repertoire Theater (Photos) [25 min], 102 N. Rubey St., Macon, MO 63552, 660-382-2924.

  • 78. Macon County Historical Society [25 min], 1402 S. Highway 63, P.O. Box 304, Macon, MO, 660-395-0266. Museum Hours: Thu & Fri 2pm- 4pm, Sat 10am-Noon, After Hours: 573-395-6754 or 573-395-5135.

  • 80. Macon Cinema [21 min], 2218 US Highway 63 North, Macon, MO 63552, 660-385-5550.

  • 81. The Island Mini Golf Course and Batting Cages [29 min], 29187 Sunset Dr, Macon, MO 63552, 660-395-1099, Rte 36 W take Long Branch Lake Park Exit S on Long Branch Road - 1 block Left on Sunset

  • 82. AJ's EAT and DRINK [22 min], 1407 N. Missouri St, Macon, MO 63552, 660-385-1500, "A Branch Of The Tree"

  • Moberly:

  • 31. Moberly Historic Railway Museum & Depot Park (Photos) [50 min], 101 Sturgeon St., Moberly, MO 65270, 660-263-9396. Open Mon 10-12, Thr 1-3 & Sat 9-12. Call for current hours.

  • 32. The Magic City Line, Mini Train Ride at Rothwell Park, (Photos) [50 min], Rothwell Park Rd., Moberly, MO, 660-651-2409.

  • 75. Kids Caboose [50 min], 413 W Reed, Moberly, MO, 660-269-9500. Quality Consigned Kid's Items. Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri Noon-5pm, Thu Noon-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm.

  • 86. Wabash Inn [52 min], 111 E Coates St, Moberly, MO 660-269-9932. Bar & Grill, no lodging.

  • Hannibal:

  • 40. Mark Twain Boyhood Hometown & Museum (Photos) [90 min], 120 N. Main, Hannibal, MO 63401, 573-221-9010, A self-guided tour of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties gives you the chance to explore the Hannibal of Samuel Clemens' childhood and experience the beloved stories he created as Mark Twain through the power of his imagination. Come discover how a young boy growing up in the small village of Hannibal became one of the world's most beloved authors!

  • 41. Big River Train Town (Photos) [90 min], 320 N. 3rd St., Hannibal, MO, 573-221-1966, Take a journey to a time where the Golden Age of railroading and toy trains was a part of most everyone's life.

  • 42. Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site [85 min], 37352 Shrine Rd, Florida, MO 65283, 573-565-3449, A museum containing the cabin where Mark Twain was born is featured along with fishing, hiking and tours.

  • 44. Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave (Photos) [92 min], 300 Cave Hollow Rd, Hannibal, MO 63401, 573-221-1656, A wealth of fun and interesting things to do. A 55 minute guided tour is available for the Mark Twain Cave and a 1 hour 20 minute guided lantern tour of the Cameron Cave.

  • 45. Rockcliffe Mansion [90 min], 1000 Bird St, Hannibal, MO 63401, 573-221- 4140, A 13,500 sf 4 floor 30 room American Castle standing high above a knoll with majestic views of the Mississippi River complete with original artifacts, paintings, furniture, clothing and personal artifacts preserved from the year 1900.

  • 76. Hannibal Trolley Company Sightseeing Tour [90 min], Trolley Depot, 220 N. Main St., Hannibal, MO, 573-221-1161, Explore Hannibal the easy way! Join us for an old fashioned trolley ride. The 14 mile one hour narrated tour of Historic Hannibal includes stops at the following attractions: Mark Twain Cave, Rockcliffe Mansion, Mark Twain Riverboat, Sawyers Creek Fun Park, Historic Downtown Hannibal and also showing the sights of Scenic Riverview Park, Lighthouse on Cardiff Hill, Molly Brown's Birthplace, Welshman Home, Mark Twain Riverboat, Mighty Mississippi, and much more! Complete your tour with mouth watering ice cream dished up by the Ice Cream Shoppe. Operates mid-April through October 9am-5pm, November through mid-April by appointment.

  • The Heartland:

  • 37. The Heartland (Photos), Newark, MO, 660-284-6212, 38. Heartland Dairy [53 min], 14014 255th St, La Belle, MO, 660-213-5180, View the entire process of where milk comes from! You will see 360 cows per hour take their turn on the carousel milking machine! 39. Ford Museum & Solid Rock 50's Cafe [50 min], 6512 Shelby 150, Bethel, MO 63434-2120, 660-284-6371, Visit the 50's cafe where you will see a lineup of antique cars -- from a 1906 Model S to the 2007 Shelby Cobra.

  • And more...:

  • 30. Walt Disney Hometown Museum (Photos) [52 min], 120 E. Santa Fe St., Marceline, MO 64658, 660-376-3343, Walt first came to Marceline by train when he was five years old. The museum is housed in the historic restored Santa Fe Depot. Also see a steam locomotive and caboose in EP Ripley Park, the original street that "Main Street U.S.A." was modeled after in every Disney Magic Kingdom, Walt's Barn, The Dreaming Tree and the original Uptown Theater.

  • 33. Bevier & Southern Railroad Co. No. 112 Steam Locomotive (Photos) [30 min], Bevier, MO

  • 34. The Pear Tree Restaurant (Photos) [29 min], 222 N. Macon St., Bevier, MO, 660-773-6666, From its famous imported batter dipped lobster tail to its succulent prime rib, the Pear Tree Restaurant offers a tantalizing selection of gourmet food and drink. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 4:30pm - 9:30pm. Closed January and Major Holidays.

  • 36. Columbia Star Dinner Train (Photos) [85 min], 6501 N Browns Station Rd, Columbia, MO 65202, 877-236-8511. Dining on-board beautifully appointed vintage 1930's and 40's passenger cars pulled by 1950's streamlined passenger locomotives on a relaxing 3 hour journey between Columbia and Centralia.

  • 66. General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site [61 min], 1100 Pershing Dr, Laclede, MO 64651, 660-963-2525.

  • 67. Wabash BBQ at Chillicothe Wabash Depot [82 min], 1 Elm St, Chillicothe, MO, 660-646-6777.

  • 68. Santa Fe Restaurant (Photos) [39 min], 101 N Main St, Ethel, MO, 660-486-3334.

  • 83. Crusty's Antiques & Collectibles [29 min], 902 N Macon St, Bevier, MO 63532, 660-773-6875.

  • Silver Rails Wine Country:

    Click Here for more about Silver Rails Wine Country!

  • 46. West Winery at Jackson Stables (Photos) (Video) [20 min], 22694 Rainbow Basin Trail, Kirksville, MO, 660-665-4611, A rustic yet elegant place to enjoy wine tastings, live music, ideal for weddings/receptions, parties, etc. Enjoy nature and the beauty of the furniture and art of Jackson Stables. Mountain bike rentals available for Thousand Hills State park bike trails.

  • 47. West Winery (Photos) [25 min], 107 Vine Street, Macon, MO 63552, 573-268-3424, Winery & Wine Tasting, Featuring Loco Vino railroad themed wine labels!

  • 48. Jacob's Vineyard & Winery (Photos) [13 min], 26078 Eagle Lane, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-627-2424, Wine Tasting. Notice the caboose on the front lawn on your right as you near the wine tasting room.

  • 49. Cooper's Oak Winery and A & K Cooperage (Photos) [63 min], 96-A West Jones Street, Higbee, MO 65257, 660-456-7507, Winery, Wine Tastin, &Factory Tour of Manufacturing Oak Wine Barrels!, or
    Cooper's Oak Winery-Boonville [110 min], 327 Main Street, Boonville, MO 65233, 660-882-0111, Wine Tasting

  • 73. Cave Hollow Wine and Gifts / West Winery [92 min], 300 Cave Hollow Rd, Hannibal, MO 63401, 573-221-1656, Taste the wines from West Winery at the Mark Twain Cave Complex.

  • 77.Main Street Wine Shop [90 min], 303 Main St, Hannibal, MO, 573-231-1007, A great place to unwind.

  • Silver Rails Antiques Country:

  • 84. Dee's Good Old Days Antique Mall [15 min], 1105 S. Baltimore (Rt 63) Kirksville, MO 63501 (660)665-3540, Antiques, Gifts and collectibles.

  • 85. Crusty's Antiques & Collectibles [29 min], 902 N Macon St, Bevier, MO 63532, 660-773-6875. Antiques, Gifts and collectibles.

  • Additional Hunting, Fishing, Camping, etc.:

    (Also see under La Plata above).

  • 59. Long Branch Lake & State Park (Photos) [34 min], 28615 Visitor Center Rd., Macon, MO 63552, 660-773-5229, Offers boating, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking and swimming.

  • 60. Thousand Hills State Park (Photos) [28 min], 20431 State Hwy 157, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-665-6995, boating, camping, canoeing, dining, fishing, marina, picnicking, swimming, hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, backpacking trails.

  • 61. Hidden Hollow Conservation Area [32 min], 7 miles west of La Plata on Hwy 156, then 1.5 miles south on Hwy 3, and 3 miles west on Fox Rd., 660-785-2420, Hunting of deer, rabbit, squirrel and turkey. Walk-in, float-in, backpack-in to Primitive Camping.

  • 62. Atlanta Conservation Area (Photos) [25 min], 5 miles north of Macon on Hwy 63, 2 miles west on Route AX, then 2.5 miles north on Jupiter Ave., Hunting: deer, dove, quail, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl, Fishing: bass, catfish, and sunfish, firearms range and fishable ponds, individual campsites, walk-in, float-in, backpack-in camping, boat ramp, bird watching.

  • 63. Thomas Hill Conservation Area [51 min], Main entrance is 5.25 miles west of Macon on Highway 36, then 10 miles south on Route C to College Mound, and 2.4 miles west on Route T, Campground, boat ramps, boat docks, picnic areas, a fishing jetty, and 4,950 acres of fishable water. The area also has a waterfowl refuge north of Route T and upland hunting on several thousand acres. A heated water discharge canal offers unique winter fishing opportunities. Individual campsites, Fishing: Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Other, Hunting: Deer, Dove, Quail, Rabbit, Squirrel, Turkey, Waterfowl, Bird Watching.

  • Colleges & Universities:

  • 64. Truman State University (Photos) [16 min], 100 E. Normal St., Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-785-4000.

  • 65. AT Still University of Health Sciences [16 min], 800 W. Jefferson St., Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-626-2121, A learning-centered university dedicated to preparing highly competent professionals through innovative academic programs with a commitment to continue its osteopathic heritage.

    Special Events:

  • Rail Writing & Photo Workshop [0 min], Depot Inn & Suites, 1245 N Brown St, La Plata MO 63549, Sunday, October 16 - Thursday, October 20, 2011.

  • Cape Air Kirksville Air Festival [9 min], Kirksville Regional Airport on MO-63, Kirksville, MO, Sunday, September 11, 2010.

  • Walt Disney Hometown ToonFest, Marceline, Missouri, Saturday, September 17, 2011. On September 17th, 2011 we will be hosting the 13th annual Toonfest celebration, Marceline, the boyhood home of Walt Disney is the place to be. Come join us for a full day of family activities including outstanding music, great food, crafts and exhibits of all sorts. Nationally recognized cartoonists will give demonstrations and host informational seminars. 600-376-9258

  • APRHF Railroad Show & Swap Meet [2 min], 204 E. Moore St., La Plata, MO 63549, 660-956-4157.

    Not A Tourist Attraction:

  • White River Productions, 24632 Anchor Ave., Bucklin, MO 64631, 877-787-2467, Though not open to the public, White River Productions located in Bucklin in Silver Rails Country is home of one of the largest publishers of railroad related books, DVDs, and magazines including the subscription magazines Passenger Train Journal and Railroads Illustrated and the membership publications for the National Model Railroad Association (Scale Rails), the National Railway Historical Society (The Bulletin), plus the membership publications of more than 16 other Railroad Historical Societies.

Depot Inn and Suites
1245 N. Brown St.
La Plata, MO 63549
10 minutes south of
Kirksville on MO-63
Phone/Fax: 660-332-4669
Toll-Free: 888-814-3669

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For more information or to make reservations, please call us at 660.332.4669 or toll-free at 888.814.3669

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