Country Store Corridor
EXPERIENCE THE Katy Trail
“Voices on the Trail” Blog
Exploring the Past, Protecting the Future
Imagine stepping back in time, sitting on the front porch of a 19th century country store, listening to banjos and mandolins, overlooking a prairie of native grasses and wildflowers… You don’t have to just imagine this scene, it’s at the Peers Store, the home of Magnificent Missouri – just an hour west of St. Louis along scenic Highway 94.
Magnificent Missouri was created to advocate for the Missouri countryside, specifically the land along the Katy Trail and Missouri River Valley.
In 1990, with the extraordinary vision and support of Ted and Pat Jones, the KATY Railroad right-of-way became the Katy Trail we know today – Missouri’s most popular State Park and America’s longest bike path. The trail weaves through the Missouri countryside and provides Missourians and visitors from around the world a unique view of nature and history, bringing life to the small communities along the Trail.
Whether it by car, bicycle, or on foot, exploring the Country Store Corridor is like taking a step back in time – a free opportunity to learn about our history while having a whole lot of fun! Magnificent Missouri’s “Country Store Corridor,” is home to not only the Peers Store but the Treloar Mercantile – two of the few remaining original stores built for the arrival of the railroad. Explore what the Country Store Corridor has to offer you!
As the powerful Missouri River wound its way from Montana to its confluence with the Mississippi, it created a spectacular and fertile valley west of St. Louis. The Katy Trail provides a way to see the Missouri River valley – with its limestone bluffs, sweeping river bottom farms, woodlands and historic railroad towns — from a perspective like no other. Get out on the Katy Trail and explore the beautiful Missouri River Valley!