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Newton County Activities

Stella, Missouri - Veteran's Memorial

Stella is home to a veterans' memorial honoring all veterans of war and peace. Each year, a Stellabration is planned. The memorial was dedicated in November 2009 by Rear Admiral Jack Buffington of the United States Navy.

Eagle Days in Stella, Missouri!

Plan on attending Eagle Days in Stella, Missouri, this year.  This is a wonderful educational opportunity provided by the Master Naturalists and Missouri Department of Conservation. See additional photos in the gallery below (photos by Doris Dalbom).

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George Washington Carver National Monument

George Washington Carver, who is America's most famous black scientist, is commemorated at his boyhood home near Diamond, Missouri. This 210-acre national monument, maintained by the National Park Service, includes a museum, a 3/4 mile nature trail, the Carver family cemetery, a large picnic area, and a children's Discovery Center. Many attractions will soon be housed in a large new visitor center, which is currently under construction. In addition to the standard attractions, a wide variety of free programs and demonstrations are offered weekly. Annual events at the Monument include Prairie Days, March for Parks, and Carver Days. The George Washington Carver Monument is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Monument is open every day but Christmas Day & New Year's Day.


The Matthew H. Ritchey Mansion (Newtonia)

Having survived two Civil War battles, the 1852 Ritchey Mansion is the centerpiece of Civil War history in the village of Newtonia. Owned by the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association (NBPA), the mansion is open on request to tourists and to the public at special events. Tours include stories of Belle Starr's escape and of Polly, the mansion ghost. The mansion is imposing, overlooking 19 acres of battlefield owned by the NBPA. The Ritchey family cemetery is on the mansion grounds, and a community Civil War Cemetery is just a few blocks away. Both cemeteries are of great interest to genealogists and historians. On the battlefields of Newtonia, First Lieutenant Wells Blodgett, a Union officer, won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery. Other union heroes at Newtonia included Brig. General James Blunt and Maj. General Samuel Curtis. Confederate brass included Colonel Jo Shelby and Stand Watie, the legendary Cherokee general. It is believed the 1862 Battle of Newtonia is the only Civil War battle to feature Native American regiments on both sides of the conflict. The 1864 Battle of Newtonia was the last battle in "Price's Raid," which sealed the State of Missouri for the Union. The Ritchey Mansion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Granby Miners Museum

The Miners Museum was founded to tell the story of Granby, Missouri, considered by most historians to be the biggest mining town in Southwest Missouri. Granby was founded by miners who came there to dig for lead and zinc. The colorful days of the mining era are explained through exhibits of mining equipment, photographs, and a nice ore collection. In addition, the museum also chronicles the history of the town itself. Prominent citizens such as Dick Smith, Billy Johnson, and Naomi Barton are remembered for the contributions they made to the development and prosperity of Granby. Located on North Main Street, the Miners Museum has something for everyone. Of special note is a "household" collection located on the mezzanine, which features hundreds of common household items, ranging from kitchen tools to lovely men's and women's clothing. The museum is open "on request" all year long but does maintain 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. summer hours in the warmer months.

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Neosho National Fish Hatchery

The oldest federal fish hatchery serving in the United States, the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, is located inside the city limits of Neosho, Missouri. Authorized by Congress back in 1888, the hatchery has a park-like setting where visitors can see myriad fry and fingerlings in the hatchery building and thousands of large rainbow trout in the outdoor raceways. The Neosho hatchery is also famous for its work with endangered species, currently pallid sturgeon and mussels. Many visitors enjoy watching Fish and Wildlife personnel go about their daily chores on the hatchery grounds. The spacious setting of the hatchery has long been a popular tourist spot and is equally popular with hikers, birdwatchers, and picnickers. A new award-winning visitor center - the first to ever be built at a national fish hatchery - was completed in December 2010. Special events include a Veterans Fishing Derby in March, an Open House in April (when area dogwood blossoms are at their peak), and Kids and Senior Fishing Derbies in June. Admission to the hatchery and all events is FREE.

Neighboring Casino's

Indigo Sky Casino

The Indian heritage of the Seneca area is kept alive by several tribes. Many tribal events such as Pow Wows and services such as a library and food pantry are funded by Indian-operated gaming facilities that offer paper bingo, Off-Track Betting, and video bingo in a casino setting. Video bingo is played 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Eastern Shawnee Tribe's Border Town Bingo and Casino is a popular tourist attraction that caters to individual gamers and tour buses. The casino also features a Country Kitchen restaurant open to the public.

Downstream Casino Resort

Downstream Casino Resort has award-winning dining, golf, and gaming all in one unique and inclusive setting. Due to its centralized location, downstream Casino caters to Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas borders for gaming and casino play. Downstream Casino provides a Las Vegas-style entertainment experience for everyone, whether you prefer high-energy surroundings or a more intimate experience. Downstream offers new ways to play, influenced by the rich history of Native American culture.