“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Augusta in St. Charles County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Augusta to Matson

Points of Interest

Augusta to Matson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2019
1. Augusta to Matson Marker
Inscription.  Katy Trail State Park runs for 5.70 miles from Augusta to Matson. The first four miles are away from roads, and trail users can enjoy the farm landscape and bottomland forest of the Missouri River floodplain, lined by increasingly taller bluffs. Sometimes visible through openings to your right, the Labadie coal-burning power plant is located on the opposite side of the river.

Along this stretch, Jefferson City dolomite—which has towered over the Katy Trail for the last 100 miles—is topped by thick layers of St. Peter sandstone. Concrete silos at the former railroad stop of Klondike at milepost 64.1 held silica from this high-grade sandstone. The old quarry site is now St. Charles County's Klondike Park. A trail climbs to the blufftop area of the park from an intersection with the Katy here.

Benches offer a rest spot to enjoy the view including at a natural shelter of St. Peter sandstone at milepost 63.3. After a few tenths of a mile, trail users come alongside the Missouri River. A Lewis and Clark Expedition historical marker and the Klondike Park public boat launch are located here. Nearby, another hiking
Augusta to Matson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2019
2. Augusta to Matson Marker
and biking trail intersects the Katy and leads through Klondike Park.

The Katy Trail soon leaves the river and follows the bluffs into a wide agricultural bottomland. Tavern Bluffs, seen across the river, were the scene of a dramatic episode from the Lewis and Clark Expedition: on May 23, 1804, Capt. Meriwether Lewis fell 20 feet before stopping his fall with his knife.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Katy Trail State Park, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition series lists.
Location. 38° 34.191′ N, 90° 52.885′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Missouri, in St. Charles County. Marker is on Public Street south of Water Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5543 Water Street, Augusta MO 63332, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Augusta to Dutzow (here, next to this marker); Missouri Wine (here, next to this marker); H. S. Clay House Bed & Breakfast and Guest Cottage (approx. mile away); The Boone Trace (approx. 5.4 miles away); Matson to Augusta (approx. 5.4 miles away); Matson to Weldon Spring (approx. 5.4 miles away); Daniel Boone's Missouri Golden Years
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(approx. 5.4 miles away); Daniel Boone Judgment Tree Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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