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Sep '09

Concordia, KS to Marshall, MO via Homestead NM of America, Western Historic Trails Center and Harry S. Truman NHS – 464 miles

Woohoo! Got up early and added three National Park Tour sites in three different states today.

It was about an hour and a half from Concordia, KS to my first stamp at the Homestead National Monument of America which celebrates the Homestead Act of 1862 and the men and women who homesteaded. The guide told me that this is the only national monument that is dedicated to a piece of legislation.

From there I headed up through Lincoln and Omaha, NE to Council Bluffs, IA to visit the Western Trails Historic Center. This site is the center for four different national historic trails (California NHT, Lewis and Clark NHT, Mormon Pioneer NHT and Oregon NHT).

After that it was a slog down the interstates to the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site in Independence, MO which obviously is a memorial to the 33rd president of the US.

I was making such good time today I thought I might be able to get a fourth stamp but calculated that I would arrive about 10 minutes past closing. I got a motel room close by in Marshall, MO so that I can be there first thing in the morning.

National Park Tour progress so far – 8 sites, 5 states.

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