Planning Your Tour of Callaway County's Gray Ghosts Trail
Located in the heart of Missouri's "Little Dixie" region, Callaway County is also a gateway to the Gray Ghosts Trail, with sufficient sites on this remarkable Civil War driving tour for either a brief or more engrossing extended visit.
This Web site includes all the tools you need to plan your own visit. The "War in Callaway" tab on our site includes a Callaway Trail Brochure with map you can print on your home computer, followed by electronic maps with GPS coordinates for our sites.
For an overall color electronic map to the entire Gray Ghosts Trail in our region of Missouri, consult the Gray Ghosts Trail link under our "Favorite Links" links tab to the right.
There are three convenient entry points to our Callaway County portion of the Gray Ghosts Trail:
Heart of Missouri Tourism Center, Kingdom City. Photo by Don Ernst
*Heart of Missouri Tourism Center, in Kingdom City, intersection of Interstate Highway 70 and US 54: Here you can find valuable guidance both to Civil War sites and to local accommodations, as well as information on Fulton and Callaway County's many historical attractions spanning the 1820s to the present, including the National Churchill Museum. It is the site of the Gray Ghosts Trail panel "The Kingdom Comes to Callaway." Information: (573) 642-7692 and www.visitfulton.com
*Crane's Museum, Williamsburg (eastern Callaway County, Interstate 70, Exit 161: Eastern gateway to the Boone's Lick region from St. Charles/St. Louis on the historic Boone's Lick Road, here you'll find pertinent history on a Gray Ghosts Trail panel as well as hospitality, directions, shopping and homestyle dining. Information: (877) 254-3356 and http://www.cranesmuseum.org/
*City of Fulton, US 54 exit at St. Rd. F (4th Street): Fulton is home to three Gray Ghosts Trail panels, at Westminster College's Columns, the County Courthouse and Hockaday Park. A great place to start is the Kingdom of Callaway County Historical Society Museum (513 Court St.; open 10-4 Tuesday-Friday). Telephone: (573) 642-0570. Also Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce, 409 Court St.; telephone (573) 642-3055; Web www.callawaychamber.com
Visitors Rob and Debbie Givens got an unexpected surprise from Rebels Rich Houf and John Burgher at Beks
Restaurant in Fulton during their Gray Ghosts Trail tour led by Warren Hollrah. Photo courtesy of The Fulton Sun.
For informational purposes, without specific endorsement, we provide this guide to private commercial guided tours:
*Hollrah Tours and Enterprises offers customized tours of both the entire Gray Ghosts Trail and the Callaway County portion, including the Moore's Mill battle site and others. Also, at your option: National Churchill Museum, Historical Society Museum, Auto World Museum, art galleries, Missouri School for the Deaf Museum, Missouri Firefighter Memorial and Heart of Missouri Tourism Center, Crane's Museum and General Store, Old Auxvasse Cemetery, Lake Summit Winery, antique and gift stores, historic antebellum and Victorian homes and downtown Fulton, as well as book-theme tours of Kings Row; Celia, A Slave and more. Operates year-round: (314) 570-4355; firstname.lastname@example.org