We knew when we started this project to show you how you could use the National Park Foundation’s and National Park Service’s list of 99 Ways to Find Your Park to explore Freedom’s Frontier, some of the 99 suggestions would be more challenging than others. Visit a historic lighthouse is one of those challenging ones!
But, thanks to some super sleuthing by Freedom’s Frontier staff, we found one place in Freedom’s Frontier that could be considered a lighthouse. And to my surprise, I drive past this every day on my way to work! The water intake along the Missouri River in Kansas City, Kansas, just downstream from the I-635 bridge across the Missouri River, qualifies as a lighthouse since its green flashing light warns boats of its presence.
While the “lighthouse” is not open to the public, you can get a great view of the river and the water intake from the Missouri Riverfront Trail in Riverside, Missouri. The trail is a great place for walking, running and biking and partially follows the levee along the river.
If you have a hankering to check out a more traditional lighthouse, visit Essex National Heritage Area and take a boat tour to the Bakers Island Lighthouse or check out the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area.