We are not a flyover state. We are the heart of America. Small Town Showcase, presented by Missouri Humanities, highlights Missouri’s unique small towns and showcases the bigger picture of what Small Town America really is and why it should not be overlooked, overshadowed, or underappreciated. Tune in to hear the history of these communities and what they have to offer.
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Welcome to where the past meets the Current..the Current River that is. In this episode, travel with us to Doniphan, deep in Southern Missouri. Here, the Current River is their life’s blood. The history of the community is rooted in it, it's an invaluable tourist attraction, and it's also a symbol for the importance of conserving natural history and resources. Jake and Randy join us for this conversation and reflect on this town that’s steeped in history, culture, and community pride.
Seymour is located in Webster County with a population just shy of 2,000 people. This town truly knows how to celebrate the important bond between community, local businesses, and tourism. Seymour showcases so many heartwarming examples of how important this place is to the people who live here, and to those who visit.
Carl Junction is a bedroom community outside of Joplin, Missouri. This town of just under 8,000 people boasts beautiful Ozark scenery and passionate residents whose dedication to community support is unmatched. When there is a need, residents, business owners, and leaders never hesitate to step up. It's no wonder CJ wanted to show off!
St. James, Missouri, is known far and wide for its famed winery, and for good reason, but it's just the beginning of all this town has to offer both visitors and residents alike. The community is home to about 4,000 residents, who are passionate about their town and are always willing to lend a hand to better this special place. Tune in learn more.
With a population of just under 700 people, Norborne knows what it means to be small but mighty. The town is renowned for being the "Soybean Capital of the World," and is a big player in the agriculture community. Their annual Soybean Festival at the end of the summer celebrates the interconnectedness of community, agriculture, and local businesses, and draws large crowds each year to this rural town in Northwest Missouri.
Lamar is home to just over 4,200 Missourians. Many know this town for their famed high school football team, which has won multiple state titles. But this community, which calls itself “a place of legendary beginnings,” also showcases strength, dedication, and opportunity.
Nice Way to Discover Missouri Towns
I really appreciate the focus of this podcast, introducing listeners to a sample of the communities within Missouri small towns. This is putting on my map locations for possible vacations (or a long-term move) that I had never heard of before.