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Meet Our Legends

 

Visionaries …

                    Entrepreneurs …
                                                    Artists ….
                                                                            Places …

Building a legendary destination relies on transforming bold dreams into passionate reality. The Great Rivers & Routes region flows with the spirit of our local legends.

Meet our local legends here. And when the time is right, come see them in person.

 

 

Meet Our Legends

Historic Wildey Theatre

(Viewing Time: 9 minutes 51 seconds) If the walls of the historic Wildey Theatre in downtown...

World's Tallest Catsup Bottle

(Viewing Time: 5 minutes 57 seconds) It's an iconic site on Route 66 but this historic piece of...

Ariston Cafe

(Viewing Time: 3 minutes) With its neon lights glowing in the night sky, the Ariston Cafe has...

Mississippi Mud Pottery

Viewing Time: 2 minutes 45 seconds

Mac's Downtown

Viewing Time: 2 minutes 43 seconds

Josephine's Tea Room & Gift Shop

Viewing Time: 2 minutes 42 seconds

My Just Desserts

Viewing Time: 2 minutes 43 seconds

The Loading Dock

Viewing Time: 2 minutes 43 seconds

Read Their Stories

A Legendary Theatre: Meet the Wildey

Enjoy a video of the Wildey Theatre's legendary story! If the walls of the Wildey Theatre in...

Standing Tall -- Meet Collinsville's World Famous Catsup Bottle

A 170-foot water tower shaped and painted like a catsup bottle is now a legendary Collinsville...

Legendary Ariston Cafe Is At Home on Route 66

When Will Law became co-owner of the Ariston Café in Litchfield 18 months ago, he thought he...

Local Legends: Chad Nelson and Felicia Breen

A few blocks from the banks of the Mississippi River, Chad Nelson and Felicia Breen, owners of...

Local Legends: Mac Lenhardt

Mac Lenhardt, Mac's Downtown If there is one thing Mac Lenhardt, owner of Mac’s Downtown...

Local Legends: Fred & Sherri Whitworth

Fred & Sherri Whitworth of Josephine's Tea Room It all started with a cherry pie. Or at...

Local Legend: Ann Badasch

Famous for her pies and chicken salad sandwiches, Ann Badasch, the force behind My Just Desserts on...

Local Legend: Ben and Trudi Allen

On a cold, cold day in February 1989 Ben Allen looked out of a window of a dilapidated building on...

Local Legends : Jan and Joe DeSherlia

Jan and Joe DeSherlia Fifty years ago Grafton city officials dreamed of developing a riverfront...