Brad & Barb Wright - Southwest Trip 2009/2010 travel blog

Crossing the Mississippi River - Gateway to the West

Barb driving

Recognition Wall at Campground, Danville, MO in honor of the troops. Campers...

One of the signs outside the Churchill Museum

Winston Churchill Museum

Piece of the Berlin Wall

Top Hat signed by Roosevelt, Churchill & Stalin at treating signing at...

Interior of Church housing Churchill Museum (in basement).

Brad in his favorite spot - by the organ

We crossed the Mississippi River on this leg of our journey. The bridge was so narrow that when we met two tractor trailer trucks, Brad just about stopped to let them go by. I was glad he was driving that leg. We decided we did not want to go through St. Louis so we took state roads from Springfield to Danville. They took us through small towns. The terrain changed perceptibly when we crossed into Missouri....from the flat plains to a very New England like appearance. On Thursday after we got in to the Lazy Day Campground (just 1.5 miles off I-70) we went over to my niece, Gigi's home in Hermann (about 1/2 hr. from where we are staying). Had a nice evening and dinner with Gigi, Mike & Jeff. Yesterday, Gigi came over and we went to Fulton, MO. On the Westminster College campus we visited the Winston Churchill Museum. What a surprise. We didn't expect it to be much the way it was written up in the AAA book. It was great. It is housed in basement of the Christopher Wren (architect) church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. The war damaged ruins of the church were moved from London (brick by brick) to Fulton in 1965. It was rebuilt to original specifications as a memorial to Winston Churchill. Also at the memorial is a piece of the Berlin Wall. We didn't arrive at the museum until mid-afternoon but were very sorry we didn't get there earlier as we stayed until closing at 4:30 and wished we had more time. The reason it is on the Westminster College campus is that Churchillhill came to the campus to speak, along with President Truman. It was during that speech that the term "Iron Curtain" was first used. One of the pictures I am going to try to attach is of the top hat that Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Franklin D. Roosevelt autographed at the treaty signing in Yalta and was given to the captain of the ship. I wasn't allowed to use a flash, so it is a little dark and I don't know if I will be able to download it. Today we move to Independence, MO. We were going to stay 3 nights there but there seems to be a lot to see in the Independence, Kansas City area. We may extend a couple of nights.

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