Friday, August 1, 2014

STL 250 Cake Quest - St. Charles

We headed to St. Charles to check out their cakes and we almost managed to see them all...

KATY Trail
Our first stop was the KATY Trail cake.  It was very sunny! I hate to admit that I've never been on the KATY Trail.  I don't own a bike.  Is there anything else to do besides bike the trail??  I have no idea.

This cake was tricky to find so here are some tips:
- We took Hwy 141 to Page Ave (364) East and got off on the first exit  (#14) after crossing over the bridge.
- We took the first right onto Hemsath Road and followed it around the bend to the left.
- After the bend in the road we immediately turned right into the parking lot.
- The cake is at the back of the parking lot.

We then tried to find the cake at the Heritage Museum in Heritage Park but we got lost. The whole intersection of 94 and 364 is totally confusing. And my husband refused to type anything into his iPhone.  If Siri couldn't figure it out from Tim's voice prompts than neither could we. Here is a picture of it that I found online. It's very nicely done.  Maybe next time.

After giving up on the Heritage Museum we headed over to Historic Main Street.
There are lots of fun, family-friendly events on Main Street throughout the year.  Here are a few you may be interested in:
- Festival of the Little Hills: August 15-17, 2014
- Mosaics Festival for the Arts: September 19-21, 2014
- Octoberfest: September 26-28, 2014
- Christmas Traditions: November 28 - December 24, 2014

Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Nature Center
This educational facility houses full-size replicas of the keelboat and pirogues used by Lewis and Clark and has exhibits related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Missouri River ecosystem.

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site
Missouri's first state capitol was located in St. Charles from 1821 to 1826.

St. Charles Old County Courthouse
This is actually the site of the second county courthouse.  The first courthouse was built between 1846 and 1849 and was severely damaged during a tornado in February 1876. After a number of delays construction on the new courthouse started in December 1900. The courthouse was occupied in April 1903, but serious flooding in June 1903 interfered with the planned dedication ceremonies. The courthouse was officially dedicated ten years later on October 31, 1913.

Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Born in 1769 in France, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was sent to St. Louis in 1818 at the request of Bishop DuBourg to further the missionary work with the Native Americans and for the education of young women.  Native Americans  called her Quakahkanumad (woman who prays always) and revered her for her deep devotion to “the Great Spirit”.

 Ava and Sidney getting a closer look.

 Sidney wanted to recreate the statue!

Lindenwood University
Founded in 1827 as The Lindenwood School for Girls.  It is the second oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River. Currently, Lindenwood educates more than 16,000 students a year in all programs at two campuses, eight regional centers, and extension sites throughout the state.

After we found all the cakes, we headed back to Frontier Park to play and have snacks.

PS - Click here if you want to see some of our other STL 250 Cake Quests.

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