Missouri River Country

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Missouri River CountryThe Missouri River is one of the most defining natural elements in the St. Louis region, both in landscape and in history. A new book to be released in September takes a fond look at the river valley’s lush scenery and rich history in more than 230 photos and illustrations and from the perspective of more than 60 contributors, including Gov. Nixon, Sens. McCaskill and Blunt, author William Least Heat-Moon, conservationist Dr. Peter Raven, civic leader Dr. William Danforth, environmentalist Adolphus Busch IV, chef Gerard Craft, preservationist Jim Dierberg and many more who know and love the subjects of this book.

Conceived and developed by Dan Burkhardt, founder of the Katy Land Trust and co-founder of Magnificent Missouri, in partnership with those organizations and The Nature Conservancy, Missouri River Country features, in an unprecedented way, the places and stories that make up the fabric of life in the countryside west of St. Louis along the Missouri River. This colorful coffee-table book features current and historic photos in its 192 pages as well as original artwork by artist Bryan Haynes depicting events in Missouri River Country.

Author Dan Burkhardt at the final press check for the book.

Author Dan Burkhardt is pictured above at the book’s final press check with designer, Sarah Herrera. Though born in Michigan, Burkhardt has become a champion of Missouri conservation causes. He and his wife Connie own a 220-acre farm near the Katy Trail in Marthasville, Missouri. This farm is the home of Bethlehem Valley Vineyards, and it was also the inspiration for the Katy Land Trust, a conservation organization that seeks to keep land in agricultural and forestry use.

The route that Lewis and Clark took, that made St. Louis the Gateway to the West, was the Missouri River. The original essays and photographs in this book follow the first 100 miles of that river west from St. Louis. Beginning with stories of Native Americans, Lewis and Clark and Daniel Boone the book weaves together German settlement, grape and wine history, architecture, historic and contemporary artists, agriculture, the Confluence, Shaw Nature Reserve, the Katy Trail, Missouri food and St. Louis chefs and the conservation measures needed to preserve the landscape into a compelling and unique anthology.

“I hope readers will pick up this book to read about a subject they love and learn about another they may not know as much about,” said Burkhardt. “Whether you are interested in local food, grapes and wine, architecture, history, conservation or art, there is a unique story or vignette in this book for you. This 100-mile stretch of the Missouri River Valley is a terrific civic asset for St. Louis, and what has happened there is remarkable. Missouri River Country is a tribute to the natural resources and history that make our region so special.”

Published in partnership with Missouri Life Media, Missouri River Country will be available at the following locations in mid-September: The Missouri Botanical Garden The Smokehouse Market in Chesterfield Bowood Farms.

All proceeds go to the Katy Land Trust, Magnificent Missouri and The Nature Conservancy to support Missouri conservation causes and to better connect Missourians with the countryside around them.

This coffee table book makes the perfect gift. In addition to purchasing online, you will find Missouri River Country at these fine establishments: