Reader’s Digest Says the Most Historic Place in Missouri is Beer
I respect Reader's Digest. My dad used to have many issues in our downstairs bathroom. Too much information? Only reason I mention that is they've just declared the most historic landmark in Missouri is basically beer. Seriously. Beer.
What do you think of when you think of American history? I think of our founding fathers likely doing something significant. Not so with Reader's Digest. While they did say that Abraham Lincoln's home in Springfield was the most historic landmark in Illinois, in Missouri it's the brews. They claim that the most historic landmark in Missouri is the Anheiser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis. Not the Mark Twain Boyhood Home in Hannibal or even the Gateway Arch, but Budweiser. Really?
In defense of them, the brewery has been around since 1860 which is way long ago. That makes the Anheiser-Busch Brewery more than 100 years older than the Gateway Arch, but still. I have to wonder what Reader's Digest was drinking when they put together this ranking. Oh, wait. I think I do know.
There is one other aspect of the brewery which makes it an appealing historical option and that's the Clydesdales. Who doesn't love horses?
It's just hard to believe with the many buildings involving former President Harry S. Truman, Jesse James, Mark Twain and others that they could have named something else as the most historical landmark in Missouri. If I had put the Anheiser-Busch Brewery as the answer on a history test growing up in Missouri, my teacher would have laughed me out of the room (and probably into detention). Oh, wait. They did that anyway.