When you think "tourism" in the Tri-States, Hannibal and Nauvoo likely come to mind. But what about Ralls County, Missouri?
Tourism officials say there are plenty of reasons to visit Ralls County, and there's a new push to do a better job of getting the word out.
Katie Steele Danner is the Director for the Missouri Division of Tourism. Danner was taking a tour around Ralls County on Friday, looking at some of the area's most historical sites.
"We want to be sure to include Ralls County as a stop as we promote the State of Missouri and we talk to potential travelers. Ralls County has a lot of assets here," said Danner.
One of those assets being St. Paul's Church located between Center and Perry. It's one of eight national historic landmarks in the county.
"We want the public to know about them," said Danner. "We want generations to be able to come and experience the history and culture."
Danner was joined Friday by Ron Leake, the president of the Ralls County Historical Society. Leake isn't only a part of the historical society, his ancestors helped to restore St. Paul's Church, which dates back to the early 1800's.
"In this cemetery here, I've got eight generations of my Leake family buried here," said Leake. "A lot of the people can trace their ancestors back to their families here."
That's why Leake says it's important to get the word out, helping to unearth some of Ralls County's hidden treasures.
"As I've always said, Northeast Missouri is probably one of the best kept historic secrets in Missouri," said Leake. "That's one of our goals, is to change that and make people aware of what we have."
Officials with both the Division of Tourism and the Humanities Council are now working with a geo-base coding company on making a phone app that would list all the tourists attractions with a 10 mile radius.
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