Cultural History

at Sam A. Baker State Park

a family walks down a path from one of the cabinsSam A. Baker State Park is one of the oldest state parks in Missouri. The park’s namesake is former Missouri Gov. Samuel Aaron Baker, who encouraged the park’s creation in his birth county during the time of his governorship in 1926. The distinctive 1930s craftsmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corps, including cabins, shelters, the dining lodge, the nature center and the store, adds character to the rugged and scenic park setting.