Missouri

Americold operates one of the largest underground storage warehouses in the country, in Carthage, Missouri. The company uses 3 million square feet of the former limestone mine, whose tunnels run for miles. The cold storage there is further chilled with...

This resort city in the Ozarks calls itself "The Live Music Show Capital of the World." This city contains over 30 live performance theaters playing an average of 60 stage shows at any given time. While Branson is traditionally known for its country western...

A tourist cave with a wedding theme.  Thousands of couples have taken their vows in the natural chapel within this cave.

ConAgra’s plant in Marshall, Missouri, makes frozen pot pies and nuggets under its Banquet brand. It is supplied partially by Cargill’s case ready meat plant, nearby.

This cave is visible only as part of a motorized tour, as guides steer passengers in propane-fueled jeeps through the cave passages. The cave's grand ballroom was used by the Ku Klux Klan to conduct meetings and cross burnings in the 1920s, but these days the...

A large and busy Army engineering and training center, training around 32,000 soldiers every year, in classrooms and on numerous training ranges. The Fort experienced a construction boom in the late 1980's and early 1990's, when the Army Engineer Center was...

This famous monument to westward expansion is composed of a stainless steel arch 630 feet high and 630 feet wide. There is an elevator that travels up the inside of the arch to offer a view out of a small portal at the apex. The $29 million monument was...

A diversified weapons R&D and component manufacturing facility, owned by the Department of Energy, and operated by Honeywell. Makes non-nuclear components of nuclear bombs and in the late 1980's it had a budget of $500 million. Part of the Bannister...

Kraft’s plant in Springfield, Missouri is the nation’s principal Kraft Macaroni and Cheese production center. It also makes Cheez Whiz, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Velveeta, and Kraft singles. It is supported by the big underground cheese vaults nearby,...

A popular recreational destination, with the notorious Party Cove at the western edge of the 98 mile long lake - a place, it has been said, which can put spring break at Fort Lauderdale to shame.

This highly developed cave has an underground ballroom, and an underground theater with a patriotic son-et-lumeire show, in which an American flag is projected onto a curtain of stalagtites. Underground gift shop too.

An abandoned lead and zinc mine and milling operation in Missouri's Lead Belt, that has been converted into a museum by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Many of the industrial facilities of this large operation are being converted into use as an...

Monsanto is one of the largest agricultural companies in the world, providing patented bioengineered seeds, and herbicides to protect crops, like Roundup. Originally known as a chemical company, Monsanto developed and manufactured artificial sweeteners,...

A privately owned cave developed to study cave environments and groundwater hydrology. Tours are led by flashlight, carefully avoiding stepping on any living organisms that might have wandered onto the dirt pathways, such as the blind salamanders that can be...

The official population center of the USA, as determined by the 2010 national census, was declared to be at Plato, Missouri. The calculation has been made every decade since 1790, when it was in Maryland, and the population center has been moving west/...

Schreiber is a major cheese company, claiming to put the cheese on nine out of every 10 fast-food cheeseburgers in the USA. One of its principal plants and distribution centers, the Fairview Plant, is in Carthage, Missouri. Its part of a distribution network...

The town of Times Beach was disincorporated, evacuated and bulldozed in the mid 1980's, after it was discovered that much of the towns roadways and parks were constructed with contaminated dirt. The contamination came from a pesticide plant, owned by Syntex...

Meat company Tyson processes broiler chickens for consumption at this plant in Noel, in southeast Missouri. It is one of 36 chicken plants operated by Tyson, including another in its corporate hometown of Springdale, Arkansas. At 60 pounds of meat consumed...

A former defense site outside of St. Louis is now an environmental research facility, operated by Washington University. The site was developed as a weapons assembly, storage and training facility by the military during WWII. Structures included 52 munition...

A 45-acre disposal cell has been erected in the middle of this former WWII ordnance plant outside St. Louis, to contain the uranium-related contamination from federal weapons work at the site. From 1956 to 1967, the Atomic Energy Commission operated a...

The only B2 Stealth Bomber base in the country. Whiteman was a major missile silo base, responsible for 150 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile silos located within a 5,300 square-mile area around the base. All of these Minuteman II silos have been deactivated....

The National Geodetic Survey calculates the Mean Population Center of the nation after each national census, conducted once every ten years. The 2000 census determined the center of population to be near this point, at Edgar Springs, Missouri, and a small...