While spending a few days in Knob Noster State Park, Missouri, we rode the 11 miles to Warrensburg again for some more exploration. Sure, it was a great place to do laundry and eat donuts, but what else did this county seat of Johnson County have to offer?
I'd done my research: Warrensburg had a Little Free Library! Any town with one wins automatic bonus points in my book (ha! "book", get it?) I had a few paperbacks I'd already read hanging around, so I took them along to exchange for a couple of new books.
It just so happened that this little library was on a charming street near downtown, and the host's house was adorable. Double bonus points!
On the same street as the Little Free Library were these historic homes. Aren't they lovely?
We made our way to the nearby heart of downtown to check it out. The most prominent building is the imposing Johnson County Courthouse constructed at the turn of the 20th century for a cost of just over $50,000. Mind boggling!
Although the courthouse was impressive, my favorite part of it was this statue out front. Woof!
There were a couple of murals depicting life in an earlier time. The Courthouse building features prominently in this one, but I don't know if those pools were ever there or only existed in the artist's imagination. The trees flanking the Courthouse entrance have certainly grown!
The Amtrak station is housed in an historic terminal for the Missouri Pacific train line. I love these old train stations, and it's nice to see so many of them still in use as we travel around the country.
On this Sunday morning, downtown Warrensburg was very quiet. This is the best time we've found to explore downtown streets and get photos without as many vehicles and people getting in the way.
Warrensburg is the home of the University of Central Missouri, I read recently that the president of the university crashed on his bicycle while on vacation in Colorado for the 4th of July holiday (article here). He fractured his pelvis, just like I did back in 2005 on my bicycle. Poor man; I literally feel his pain!
Our last stop in Warrensburg was at our favorite grocery store, Aldi. We stocked up on groceries, which Barry carried back in his panniers and basket. He weighed all of it when we got back to Pearl and determined that he was carrying an extra 41.5 lbs. of weight on his Bike Friday. Wow!
Stay tuned as we continue our adventures in Missouri!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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