Roads of Northeast Missouri

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A Travel Passport featuring the Highways and StarPoints of interest of the NEMO area.

Cruise the highways and county roads of the 11 counties that make up northeast Missouri (NEMO). The area is filled with history, country cuisine, and natural beauty.

We invite you to FALL IN LOVE with our landscape, our history, and our way of life.


Important and new items will be posted here.

Regulations and other important stuff

Passports must be submitted by Nov 12, 2019. They can be emailed to, dropped off at Fort Chariton, or sent in according to the instructions on the paper passport. There will be at least 1 winner! What it is, we don’t know. But hey, just enjoy the ride!

Besides the recommended stops on the passport, we may include some mystery stops and bonus sights (just because we thought they were really fun to stop and see); that’s only listed on the website.

Download a ROADS OF NEMO Passport 2019

Be sure to check back here periodically, this whole adventure is still under construction (Hehe, get it?  Road tour / construction).

HEY!  If your passport lists an Under Construction, FIND A SPOT (just needs to look pretty and be in the county) and tell us where it’s at!

Just a friendly reminder: Share the road.  Drive with caution because you never know when you’ll encounter a tractor, a horse & buggy, wild life, and other motorists.  Please drive safely.

Facts of the Stops

Clark County

Shrine of St. Patrick – fashioned after Saint Patrick’s Memorial Church of Four Masters in Donegal, Ireland. The Shrine is Celtic in design; semi-circular recessed doorways, central rose window, Celtic crosses, and a round bell tower that is native to Ireland.
Illiniwek Village State Historic Site – the only Illinois Indian village site found in Missouri

Lewis County

Johnnies Express Deli, Ewing – great place to fuel up and rest.
Under Construction – provide us your favorite spot!

Scotland County

Catfish Place, Arbela  – camping and fish fry
Zimmermans Store, Rutledge – a country general store and small cafe (but with great ice cream).  The Ladies that work the store are very kind, but please do not take their picture.
29229 1st St., Rutledge, MO 63536 * 660-883-5766

Knox County

Greensburg Masonic Lodge #414 – one of the oldest active Masonic Lodges in Missouri
Greenley Research Center – Located on Rt. 156, just east of Novelty, studies water and soil conservation for agricultural purposes.

Shelby County

Crane’s Farmhouse Kitchen, Shelbyville
Bethel German Colony – a unique old town with deep German roots.

Schuyler County

Hammer Mill Restaurant & Bar, 120 E Prime St., Downing 63536 660-379-2222
Under Construction – provide us your favorite spot!

Adair County

Fort Chariton, 26826 Yarrow Trail, Yarrow (Kirksville) – located by the Chariton River, the “Fort” is protected from the whims Mother Nature and the savages of the Chariton River. Known for freshly prepared food, spirits, live entertainment, and camping.  The Fort, known for events, is co-sponsor of the NEMO Roads Passport.
St. Mary’s Church – located in Adair on Hwy 11 (east of Kirksville) and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Macon County

Depot Inn Amtrak Exhibit – located at the Depot Inn & Suites, features Amtrak memorabilia from the golden age of passenger rail. Be sure to check out the box cars in back!
Amtrak Station – the Art Deco style train station is a stopping point for the Southwest Chief Amtrak line. The La Plata tracks are also part of RailFan for the train enthusiast. Look for the Viewing Platform located on Brown St. 

Putnam County

Unionville Livestock Market – Putnam County is home to cattle ranching and the market is great for buying and selling livestock, located at the intersection of Hwys 136 & 5.
GoobeRs Hartford Store – food, fuel, specialty shopping

Sullivan County

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Milan – this unique Catholic Church features frescos in downtown Milan. Be sure to also find the old historic hotel (HINT: 112 N. Water St.) which opened in 1892 and is still operational.
Richard Widmark Airport, Green City – This famous actor owned a cattle ranch in the area and contributed enough money to get the airport. Be sure to check out the Green City Sale Barn. Take Hwy 6 EAST from Milan to Green City or from Unionville, go east on Hwy 136 to south on Hwy 129

Linn County

Tastee Treat, Brookfield – an old fashioned drive up ice cream stand serving Made-Rite style sandwiches
Linn County Courthouse or Linn County Jail Museum – Located in Linneus, the former Sheriff’s house also housed the county jail. Take Hwy 5 north from Brookfield. SPECIAL BONUS: find the depot or the wooden grain bin in town.


Find something really interesting? Take a picture and send us the coordinates! Your entry could WIN! Your entry may also be included on in a future travelogue of “Roads of NEMO Passport”

Get additional “points” on your passport if you: 1) spend the night; 2) buy (or fix) something on your mode of transport; 3) submit a really awesome picture

Links to other interesting places on your route

Rutledge Flea Market                     Know of some others?  Share it with us!
Visit Kirksville/STAY                      Bethel, Mo Fall Pickers Market