Explore Missouri Highway 36 for some of America’s most iconic stories! This 193-mile stretch of road travels from St. Joseph to Hannibal and is full of stories that uncover some of this country’s most memorable innovators.
Among the rolling hills and farms across the northern part of the state, you can find stories about innovative people and processes that highlight American ingenuity. The corridor—spanning 36 miles south and 36 miles north of the actual highway—is dotted with museums and landmarks that will take more than a week to explore.
1 – 3:00 p.m.
Mount up and head to the Pony Express Museum. This famous mail delivery service started within these walls on April 3, 1860. Your guide will give a personalized tour of exhibits covering the creation, running and demise of the Pony Express.
Add color to your tour with a visit to Tobiason Stained Glass Studio. They have over 50 years of experience designing, fabricating, installing and restoring church windows throughout the country. Restoration is a difficult and tedious task, but is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding projects for owner Rick Rader. He specializes in all styles—whether traditional or contemporary—executed in stained glass, faceted glass or etched and carved glass. Come see how they create these timeless, beautiful and architecturally harmonious works of art. Visitors are invited to create their very own stained glass angel.
9 – 10:00 a.m.
Start your quest of innovation for the day by visiting the Glore Psychiatric Museum. Noted as one of the most unusual museums in the United States, Glore will give you a taste of medical innovation as the museum shares the history of mental health. You will be fascinated by the story of this self-contained city that housed over 3,000 patients. Three floors of display rooms cover 400 years of psychiatric treatment and the history of this impressive facility. Glore is one of only six museums of its kind in the country.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Your group will enjoy a leisurely walk through the exhibits at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. This museum houses one of the finest collections of 18th, 19th and 20th century American art in the Midwest. Call ahead to find out whose artwork will be featured during your visit.