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Silver Rails Country - A Photographer's Paradise

A Photographer's Paradise in Middle America
Located in Northeast Missouri (NEMO)
At the La Plata stop on the route of the Amtrak Southwest Chief

Photos and Text by Carl Morrison,

In the Fall, I stayed a week at the Depot Inn & Suites in La Plata, MO.  As a Field Reporter and Photographer for, I  ventured into the countryside and nearby towns to photography both old and new subjects.  I was on my umpteenth trip to the Depot Inn & Suites to co-present the "Rail Travel Writing and Photography Workshop" held there October 16 - 20, 2011.  (A link to that Workshop is at the bottom of this report.)

This report is broken into several separate Web Pages by following the Table of Contents below.  All Individual reports can be accessed individually, if you are interested in a single Page.  To share it with friends...just copy the address for this page and send it to them.  All the Individual Reports link back to this page, and to the following page in the report if you want to view them in a series.

We take workshop participants to some of these locations.  If you are interested in next year's "Rail Travel Writing and Photography Workshop" send me an e-mail:

Table of Contents is the number one resource on what to see and do in Silver Rails Country. Visit the website for more information and links on over forty tourist attractions, restaurants, seasonal events, and other fun things to do near the Depot Inn & Suites in La Plata in Northeast Missouri.

(Click any numbered title to go there directly, or click No. 1 and go through the many pages as one complete report.)

1.  Depot Inn & Suites, La Plata, MO

4.  Chris Guenzler Millionth Mile Lookout at the Depot Inn & Suites

6.  Downtown La Plata, Missouri, Including Santa Fe Espresso, Grandma's Home Cookin', Green Theatre and City Hall.

7.  Silver Rails Event Center

8.  Atlanta, Missouri

9.  West Winery, Macon, Missouri

10.  Columbia Star Dinner Train, Columbia, Missouri

11.  Locust Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site

Digital Copies of the Photos in this Photo Essay are available for $20 for a digital copy suitable for printing up to 11 x 14 inch sized prints. Just write Carl@TrainWeb and describe which photo(s) you are interested in.  Through e-mail we can further discuss the delivery of your digital copy of the image.

Other Photos of various outdoor subjects, including trains, are available at

My Framed Train Photographs and post cards can be viewed and purchased at the

Silver Rails Gallery
109 South Gex Street  La Plata, MO 63549  (660) 956-4157 and at
West Winery
107 Vine Street  Macon, MO 63552  (573) 268-3424

Additionally, next year's "Rail Travel Writing and Photography Workshop" at the Depot Inn & Suites in La Plata, MO, is being planned for Mid-October.  If you have an interest in attending, please e-mail Carl@TrainWeb to be notified when we have decided on the exact date.

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