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Top 10 treasures in the Missouri State Museum

By Tom Uhlenbrock

Missouri State Parks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Linda Endersby had a ready answer when asked for the strangest item in the collection of the Missouri State Museum. “Ella Ewing’s shoes,” she said. “They’re size 24s.”

Endersby is the director of the museum, which is in the State Capitol building in Jefferson City, and she knows all the surprises found in its 30,000-piece collection.

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Giant shoes, mortars and mastodons make for a fun treasure hunt

Missouri and the Civil War

LEXINGTON, Mo. – Civil War buffs are fortunate that Tilton Davis didn’t believe in home repairs.

Davis, a lawyer, bought the Oliver Anderson house in Lexington after the war and preserved the home for 50 years. The stately mansion was a strategic part of the Battle of Lexington, changing hands three times on Sept. 18, 1861, the first day of the three-day fight.

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Civil War buffs are fortunate that Tilton Davis didn’t believe in home repairs.
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