Rural Missouri - February 2012 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 8 4 Departments Comments National and statewide news Columns Hart to heart Better together Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives celebrates 75 years of cooperation 5 14 A plague of enmity Quantrill’s Raiders provoke new violence and chaos 8 13 Outdoors A voice for Missouri outdoors 16 Out of the Way Eats AJ’s 20 Hearth and Home Raising the bar 22 News Briefs News you can use 28 Marketplace Classified ads 30 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 32 Neighbors Mr. Aviation 34 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy 18 Rink redemption The Missouri Mavericks bring professional hockey back to Kansas City 24 Radio revivalist Bonnots Mill man gets vintage radios humming again 18 26 If the shoe fits If you own a Missouri fox trotter, you’ve probably met farrier Keith Mizer 32 Mr. Aviation Pilot Paul Vance has spent a life in the skies 24 About our cover hroughout the Midwest, there are dozens of geological formations called Lover’s Leap. In Missouri alone, eight cliffs are known as Lover’s Leap, including overlooks near Camdenton, Fulton and along the Current River in Ripley County. None, however, is as famed as Lover’s Leap in Hannibal, featured on this month’s cover. Just south of the quaint river town, shown at left, this 287-foot-high bluff of Burlington limestone juts out over the Mississippi River to provide a panoramic view of the city, river and farmlands of neighboring Illinois. The bluff’s name comes from a local urban legend perpetuated by an article written in the early 1840s by Orion Clemens, older brother of renowned Hannibal author Mark Twain. The story tells the tale of two American Indian lovers — a maiden from the Fox tribe and a young Illinois brave — who were not allowed to marry due to their warring tribes. Rather Cover and photo at left by Kyle Spradley T than be separated in life, the couple chose to jump to their deaths from the edge of the cliff and live together in eternity. Although this story mimics others associated with cliffs of the same name across the country, it was Orion Clemens’ story that seem to spur other tales of fated lovers with variations on the tale based on local geography. The bluff is located inside a 5-acre park one mile south of Hannibal off Highway 79. The turn for the park is marked by a sign on the north side of the highway. The road through the park dead ends at the top of the hill with a parking lot for views from the bluff. The park also includes a picnic shelter, benches and historical information about the town’s history and local tribes that once inhabited the area. For information on Lover’s Leap and other attractions in Hannibal, call the Hannibal Welcome Center at 573-2482420 or visit FEBRUARY 2012 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - February 2012

Rural Missouri - February 2012
Table of Contents
Better together
A plague of enmity
Out of the Way Eats
Rink redemption
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
Radio revivalist
If the shoe fits
Around Missouri
Mr. Aviation

Rural Missouri - February 2012