James Baughn was the webmaster of seMissourian.com and its sister newspapers for 20 years. On the side, he maintained even more sites, including Bridgehunter.com, LandmarkHunter.com, TheCapeRock.com, and Humorix. Baughn passed away in 2020 while doing one of the things he loved most: hiking in Southeast Missouri. Here is an archive of his writing about hiking and nature in our area.
Johnson's Shut-Ins reopens this weekend
Posted Friday, June 5, 2009, at 5:05 PM
Originally scheduled to reopen Memorial Day weekend, but pushed back thanks to damage from the "Inland Hurricane", Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park will open daily starting Saturday. It's been a long time coming since the Taum Sauk Reservoir collapse.
I'm looking forward to trying out the new trail overlooking the scour channel from the reservoir collapse. This trail has its own parking lot on Route N away from the main park.
In other news:
Folk music concert
Trail of Tears State Park and Bollinger Mill State Historic Site will host their annual Spring Folk Music Concert this weekend. This year's free event features Rick Thum performing "traditional, old-time and gospel tunes."
Fort de Chartres rendezvous
The annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous, one of the largest in the country, is scheduled for this weekend. With the Illinois budget crisis, it wasn't entirely certain if the event would be held this year, but everything is set. Hopefully the weather won't be quite as hot as previous years.
East St. Louis as a tourist attraction?
A new park along the East St. Louis riverfront opens this weekend. The centerpiece is a peculiar-looking overlook of the river and the Gateway Arch. I'm not holding my breath, but perhaps this could be the beginning of a new era where East St. Louis is no longer the laughingstock of the Midwest.
- The Pavement Ends guide to the Ozark Riverways (8/19/20)
- Maintz sunflowers back for 2020 (7/27/20)
- Massive sinkhole opens in Reynolds County along the Trail of Tears (6/3/20)1
- Hike from 0 to 12 miles on the Audubon Trail (5/14/20)
- Scenes from Pinecrest Azalea Garden (4/19/20)
- Ideas for getting away from it all (3/27/20)1
- Jean Dale: Cape Girardeau baseball sensation (with an asterisk) (2/10/20)
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