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

Matson to Weldon Spring

Points of Interest

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2019
1. Matson to Weldon Spring Marker
Inscription.  From Matson to Weldon Spring is 4.6 miles, one of the shortest distances between trailheads in Katy Trail State Park. Defiance, at milepost 58.9, is less than two miles from Matson. It received its name after preventing Matson from having the only Katy Railroad stop in the area. An 1898 commercial building in Defiance shows the double identity of railroad towns: it has two fronts and faced both the railroad tracks and Defiance's main street.

After another mile and a half, trial users reach Femme Osage Creek. Daniel Boone and members of his extended family settled on Spanish land grants near the Femme Osage starting in 1799. The creek crossing at milepost 57.4 has a Lewis and Clark historical marker describing the expedition's May 1804 stop at Boone Settlement.

Half a mile later, users enter Weldon Spring Conservation Area, managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The Katy Trail runs through the conservation area for the next six miles. Beyond the Weldon Spring trailhead, Katy connects to the area's Lewis hiking trail and Clark hiking trail.

At milepost 56.7, shortly before the Weldon Spring trailhead,
Matson to Weldon Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2019
2. Matson to Weldon Spring Marker
is a junction with the Hamburg Trail, a converted haul road for the U.S. Department of Energy's Weldon Spring site. The eight-mile trail connects the Katy Trail to the Weldon Spring Site interpretive enter and to the visitor center at August A. Busch Memorial Wildlife Area.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Katy Trail State Park series list.
 
Location. 38° 36.526′ N, 90° 47.688′ W. Marker is in Matson, Missouri, in St. Charles County. Marker can be reached from Lucille Avenue west of Missouri Highway 94, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3512 Alice Avenue, Defiance MO 63341, 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. Matson to Augusta (here, next to this marker); Daniel Boone's Missouri Golden Years (here, next to this marker); Daniel Boone Judgment Tree Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Boone Trace (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Defiant Tale (approx. 1.7 miles away); School Days In Defiance (approx. 1.7 miles away); H. S. Clay House Bed & Breakfast and Guest Cottage
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(approx. 5.3 miles away); Augusta to Matson (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Matson.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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