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Kimmswick, Missouri

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This historic Mississippi River town will provide a pleasant daytrip from the St. Louis area. In 2008, Kimmswick was named one of the Top 100 Small Town Getaways by Midwest Living Magazine. This small town (population 150) was founded in 1859 by dry goods merchant Theodore Kimms, who named the town after himself. The town lays claim to being the second oldest in Missouri. A spa and resort area in Kimmswick was a popular steamboat daytrip destination for Saint Louisians in the late 19th century. Kimmswick holds its annual Strawberry Festival on the first full weekend in the month of June. We had a difficult time finding this hamlet, since we saw no signage directing us to the turnoff from Route 67. It can be found on Missouri highway K, east of Route 67. A small number of cruises are available on the Tom Sawyer Riverboat from the St. Louis Gateway Arch Riverfront to Kimmswick during the warmer months.

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