Tourist Attractions

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Louisiana Area Historical Museum

304 Georgia Street, Louisiana
573.754.5697

The museum is located right in the downtown historic district. The many artifacts housed in the museum date back from the early days of the town including artifacts from the world renowned Stark Bro's Nursery. Admission to the Museum is free but donations are always accepted.

Hours 
June - Mid October: Monday-Saturday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment

Route 79 Mural City

Murals located throughout town

View over 20 various murals dotting the landscape of Louisiana that feature a variety of historical references to days gone by in Louisiana. From the first settlers at Fort Buffalo to co-author of the 13th amendment John B Henderson, these murals represent a pictured history of our great community.

Stark Bros Nursery

West Georgia Street, Louisiana
573.754.3113
Stark Bro's 

The oldest fruit-tree nursery in the world located right here in Louisiana. Over its 200 year history, Stark Bros. has gone from just a small Missouri nursery to a regional, and even national, supplier of nursery products. Take a tour of the garden center or stop on the road to take a picture of the famous Stark Bear Barn.

Hours 
March: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
April to May: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. June to December: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
January to February: CLOSED

Saint Louis University's Henry Lay Sculpture Park

17533 State Highway UU, Louisiana
573.754.4726
Henry Lay Sculpture Park 

Set on approximately 20 acres, the sculpture part is within 350 acres of natural meadows, wooded rolling hills, lakes and streams. A well-maintained path takes guests on a 40-minute walk through a maple grove, the McElwee Cemetery and most importantly, a plethora of sculptures.

Hours 
April to December: Thursday - Sunday 10 a.m. - dusk

John Stoeckley's Reflections of Missouri Gallery

107 South 9th Street, Louisiana
573.754.6634
www.stoeckley.com

For over 20 years, John has been capturing the history of Missouri and other notable sites in America in extremely detailed pen, ink, and watercolor. Over 300 drawings make up the two main bodies of work: “The Heartland Collection” and “Reflections of Missouri.” These drawings along with many others are available for viewing and purchasing at his studio, located in one of the oldest buildings in the community.

Hours
Open Daily: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Summer hours may differ.

Riverview Cemetery

300 Block of Nebraska Street, Louisiana

Riverview Cemetery contains more than 14,000 graves with many of those dating back to the early 1800’s. Notable people laid to rest there include Missouri Governor Lloyd Stark, the 2nd Governor of Indiana Radcliff Boon and many other. But even with all the history, it may actually be the view that is truly amazing. Driving to the top of the cemetery reveals a breathtaking view of the Mississippi in one direction and a birds-eye view of Louisiana in another.

Hours 
Open Daily: dawn - dusk

Mesker buildings

Downtown Louisiana

Pieces of Louisiana’s early days are, once again, apparent in downtown Louisiana with the return of the Mesker facades. The designs, which use stamped metal and cast iron to create beautiful storefronts, disappeared for many years due to modernization. However, in recent years those hidden facades have been uncovered to reveal a downtown full of Mesker buildings. In fact, Louisiana ranks 6th in the country for the largest amount of existing Mesker buildings.

John B. Henderson Riverview Park

North Main & Jackson Street, Louisiana
573.754.4132

Named after the famous senator who co-authored the 13th amendment, the John B. Henderson Riverview Park has arguably one of the best views along all the Mississippi River. See for nearly 20 miles across the river into Illinois, watch riverboats and barges travel up and down the river, or get an amazing view at the historic Champ Clark or Railroad bridges. Not only is this an amazing location but one that is a favorite for weddings.

Hours 
Open Daily: dawn - dusk

Louisiana's Historical Homes

Georgia Street, Main Street, Third Street, Louisiana

For a small community Louisiana certainly has its fair share of historic buildings. More than 15 buildings in the downtown area are on the National Registry of Historic Places, with many more dating back to the mid and early 1800’s. Take a walking tour of the two historic districts and see for yourself what makes Louisiana’s historic homes so unique.

Walking tour brochures available at the Louisiana Visitors Center

KC Southern Railway Bridge

Highway 79, Louisiana

Those who enjoy historic properties will certain want to see the Railway bridge in Louisiana. One of the first six bridges built across the Mississippi, the railroad bridge was built in 1873 at the cost of $685,000. Today, the trust swing bridge is one of only two remaining of its type on the Mississippi River. The bridge is 2,053 feet long and sits 16 feet above the water. It was rebuilt in 1893 and again in 1945.

Riverfront Park

Downtown Louisiana
573.754.4132

Getup close and personal with the Mighty Mississippi at the LouisianaRiverfront Park. With picnic tables and gazebo’s you can relax andenjoy a peaceful afternoon. Launch your boat from the boat ramp andhave plenty of space to park the trailer as well.

Hours
OpenDaily: Dawn-Dusk

Clarksville, MO

www.clarksvillemo.org

Just a few miles South of Louisiana is the town of Clarksville! Shop for handmade items at the many artisan shops or browse for those special antiques in the quaint shops or visit the area’s largest Antique Mall. Step back in time and relish in the beauty that is Clarksville.