We saw more of rural Missouri today. Our first stop was Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, which was the first major Civil War battle west of the Mississippi. It also saw the first Union general killed in combat.
This site is very similar to the one we saw yesterday…driving tour with several stops to get out and look around. But, honestly, the land at a battlefield is just generally just land with a bunch of historical markers & information. We do appreciate the history behind it all though, and generally leave knowing a little more than when we arrived.
The next stop was the George Washington Carver National Monument. It is not too far off the Interstate, but feels like the middle of nowhere (of course there wasn’t anything exciting on the Interstate either). We learned a bit more about Carver and there was a short, but nice, trail. While we mostly visited this site just to check it off the list, it was fairly interesting and definitely educational!
After that we headed for Miami, OK (pronounced “Miama”) to a Category 2 Hampton Inn…we love redeeming a small number of points for a good night’s sleep, and clean bathroom, and a decent breakfast!
Most of Oklahoma is dotted with Native American territories. We are not sure how much of the land around here is reservation, but there are several casinos in and around the little town!