|Chariton Co, MO||N. America||1,544||English||39.423917/-92.801577||4214 miles|
Located in the southern English county of Wiltshire, Salisbury is known for it’s proximity to the iconic Stonehenge circle, along with having a plethora of medieval cathedrals. Additionally, it houses an original copy of the Magna Carta.
Often referred to as “the city in the countryside,” Salisbury was named one of the world’s Top 10 Cities to visit in 2015 by Lonely Planet. Not surprising, (for Stonehenge alone!), this city ranks high on our bucket list!
Because we have yet to get there, here are just a few images from this ancient city to give you (and us!) a taste for what we’re missing 🙂
On the other hand, because Paul is from Marceline, Missouri, we’ve been through Salisbury Missouri, more times than we can count!
Founded by Judge Lucius Salisbury on April 4, 1867, Salisbury Missouri was organized and chartered as a fourth-class city under Missouri laws on April 4, 1882. Like so many of these out-of-the-way Mid-Missouri towns, Salisbury is exactly what you envision: a small town bubbling over with quaintness and charm.
For instance, a unique attraction in this Midwestern municipality is the Sinclair dinosaur. Once proudly displayed at many of the petroleum company’s gas stations, this diminutive Apatosaurus still delights travelers of all ages. In fact, the station’s convenience store bulletin board is filled with pictures of happy travelers posing with this gentle green giant (shrouded in this pic when they were painting the overhang).
Old buildings provide the perfect backdrop for local artists, such as this mural on the outside of the Chariton Country Museum. Open from the first Tuesday in April through the last Saturday in October, the museum features well-presented displays of regional artifacts. Additionally, their website includes services, such as, a listing of cemeteries with information about individual grave sites, a valuable resource for those researching their family trees.
As a fan of older buildings, we love this “canopy” gas station in Salisbury, which was still in operation when we visited.
Several months have passed since we visited Salisbury. With four adult children scattered across the nation, trips outside the Show Me state have monopolized our spring and summer travel 🙂 But we will resume our Missouri travels soon 🙂 In fact, fall is our favorite time to hit the road…cooler days and gorgeous foliage. Thanks for hanging in there with us – stay tuned 🙂