|Here lies Old Franklin, Missouri|
|Boone's Lick State Historic Site|
We then head northeast to Centralia, Missouri, the site of the Centralia Massacre during the Civil War. On September 27, 1864, 22 unarmed Union soldiers returning home on leave were pulled from a train and executed by Confederate bushwhackers under "Bloody Bill" Anderson. A Union force pursuing the guerrillas was ambushed, and about 150 were killed, many of whom were tortured and executed, and afterwards, their bodies mutilated.
|A mural depicts the Centralia Massacre|
Then, we're off to meet a long time reader of our newsletter and new friend on Facebook. We have a great lunch in Mexico, Missouri before visting their home, which is housed in an old barn. Way cool! Thank you Kay and Bill Weldon.
Alas, it is time to head back towards the awful interstate on our trek to St. Louis. Tomorrow is a day filled with activities.