Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, Weird Missouri: Your Travel Guide to Missouri’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets (New York: Sterling, 2008)
This book was a most appropriate Christmas gift and a fun read around the edges of the week after Christmas. Since we have a daughter and son-in-law who live in Missouri, we will have the opportunity to explore that state and we are much more attracted to strange, obscure, and out-of-the-way attractions than the big tourist sites.
Produced by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, authors of Weird U.S., the book is a collection of short essays about all sorts of strange things that are found in the State of Missouri. The book is divided into a dozen categories such as “local legends,” “roads less traveled,” “tales from the grave,” and other similar titles. It has a bit too much of the paranormal, ghost stories and strange graveyard occurrences for me, but there are also lots of other things to discover in Missouri. My favorite section is “Roadside Oddities.” If I hadn’t read this book, I might never have found out about boathenge.
This is a delightful read and one of those books that everyone who has some time to spend in Missouri might appreciate.