Small Town Spotlight: Nevada, Missouri
Friday, July 25, 2014
Not to be confused with the state of the same name, the small town of Nevada is located in the Prairie Lands of Southwest Missouri. It is a rural town with a deep, rich history. Nevada was completely burned to the ground during the Civil War and rebuilt in the 19th century. It is a city characterized by its friendly atmosphere and civic pride. Visitors will love this quaint town, as well as the genuine and scenic attractions it has to offer. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in the area.
Experience the area’s history with a visit to the Bushwacker Museum & Jail. It is dedicated to preserving the history of Vernon County, Missouri. With 13,000 square feet of exhibits and workrooms, the museum features the history of the Osage Indians, relics of the Border War, and the beauty of small town life. The museum also features a preserved late nineteenth-century prison facility, which is the oldest building in Nevada. Exploring the land and scenery is another wonderful way to appreciate this town. Osage Prairie boasts everything from wildflowers to native birds. This tall grass prairie is Nevada’s natural hub with over 300 native plant species. If you’re lucky, you may see some of the native wildlife.
There are so many ways to stay busy and entertained in Nevada. You can play 18 holes on the 200-acre Frank E. Peters Municipal Golf Course. For a more fast-paced activity, check out the Nevada Speedway. For 50 years, it has been Vernon County’s destination for dirt track racing. It is a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay track that hosts races every Saturday night from April through September. Visitors should also enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the Nevada Farmer’s Market. It is open from May through October and is a collaboration of local farmers in the area. You’ll find the freshest produce, yummy baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, and more! Finally, don’t leave town without seeing Nevada’s popular roadside attraction, the Giant Morel Mushroom. It’s a 30-foot mushroom that lights up on Hwy 71.
There is no shortage of delicious local cuisine in this small town. If you’re craving a mouth-watering steak with a loaded baked potato, then head to the family-owned Buzz’s Barbecue. It’s a local mainstay that has been in business since 1999. Gobblers Roost Restaurant is perfect for a very special dinner. The peaceful countryside creates the ideal ambience for a delectable five-course dinner, filled with favorites such as stuffed pork loin, artichoke dip, and lemon velvet cake. Finally, for a truly hometown feel, the White Grill is where you want to be. White Grill is known for serving the best hamburgers in the area with their famous homemade curly fires, known as Suzie Qs, since 1938.
Visit this small town in the Midwest to experience quaint country living at its best. Travelers can also experience top-quality amenities when they stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Nevada. Hotel amenities include a heated indoor pool and hot tub, a fitness center, free high-speed Internet access, a business center, and a complimentary, hot Be Our Guest Breakfast each morning. We look forward to being a part of your travels!