Welcome to Arrow Rock
The entire village of Arrow Rock has been designated a National Historic Landmark recognizing its association with Westward Expansion, the Santa Fe Trail and artist George Caleb Bingham.
Up and ComingSaturday, June 2
Friends of Arrow Rock's First Saturday Lecture series continues with a fascinating presentation by Ken Porter, a talented herbologist. Ken's lecture, "An Ozark Herbology," will introduce you to the surprising benefits from some common plants you can find growing wild in our region. You'll love Ken's wit and wisdom, and you'll never look at plants the same way again. The lecture is free and open to the public, and takes place at 10 a.m. at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center.
Monday, July 4
It's time to dust off your kazoo and decorate your dog. The Fourth of July means the return of Arrow Rock's celebrated Impromptu Parade! This year's parade begins at 11 a.m. and travels the length of Main Street. All are welcome to join the parade and no registration is required (that's why we call it impromptu!) Past parades have featured kids on bikes, antique tractors, vintage cars, motorcycles, golf carts, horses, someone in a gorilla suit, and Arrow Rock's legendary Kazoo Band. No experience is required to join the band -- and we'll even provide you with a kazoo. The parade assembles at 10:45 at the Old Schoolhouse on the corner of Eighth and Main Streets. Of course, spectators are much appreciated and there are great viewing spots all along the route. The best view will be from the Arrow Rock Boardwalk, where the Kazoo Band will stop for a glorious grand finale performance.
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George Caleb Bingham
in Arrow Rock
George Caleb Bingham House,
1837 | One of America’s great 19th century artists, Bingham is famous for his portraits and scenes of river life and politics. He built this Federal style house in Arrow Rock and lived here intermittently through the 1840s. Fortunately for us, in an age before photography existed, George Caleb Bingham recorded for us the images of his Missouri.