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 ComingThere's nothing more all-American than Independence Day in Arrow Rock, and you won't want to miss this year's celebration. It begins with the annual Impromptu Parade down Main Street at 2 p.m. on July 4.
Bring your decorated tractor, car, golf cart, bike, horse, dog, or your own fabulous self and march down Main Street as an adoring crowd of spectators cheers you on from the sidelines. (Or join the adoring crowd of spectators if that's more your style.) The parade concludes with the highly anticipated annual appearance of the Arrow Rock Kazoo Band, led by Friends of Arrow Rock Executive Director Kathy Borgman. The kazoo band always welcomes new members -- no professional kazooing experience required.
The parade begins at on the West End of Main Street near the Old Schoolhouse and travels the length of Main Street to the Old Tavern. Participants should gather at the Old Schoolhouse no later than 1:45.
If all that parading makes you hungry, stop over at the J. Huston Tavern after the march down Main Street for ice cream and cake -- a variety of flavors -- for just $4.
Stick around town and join us for a community potluck picnic at 6 p.m. in the Arrow Rock State Historic Site shelter house. We'll provide the hot dogs, burgers, buns and fixins'. Bring your own drink and a side dish or dessert to share.
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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.