The final portion of Interstate 35 was completed in Daviess County, MO, in 1985 at the Grand River. A floodwater control project, the “Pattonsburg Dam” proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers play a part in delaying the final link of I-35 construction. Traffic was detoured onto Hwy. 69 until the interstate was finished; truck traffic was so heavy and the threat of accidents so real that local citizens dubbed the detour as “The Ho Chi Minh Trail” (after the dangerous military supply route running from North Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia to South Vietnam during the Vietnam War).
Visit the 1889 Squirrel Cage Jail, located 2 blocks west of the Daviess County Courthouse in Gallatin, MO. This historic relic is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a visitors’ center — by appointment,
Trudi Burton, ph: 660.663.7342
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Daviess County History Guide
- Everly Cemetery: Oldest Gravestone of Grand River Twp. (1835) March 7, 2023
- Yesteryear Photographs of Jameson, MO March 7, 2023