Bus Tours


Though not exactly a “program” of SCHS, the Society tries to put on a bus tour or two each year for its members and the public.

Mid America bus line bus

Water color of Mid-America bus.
From: http://www.mid-americancoaches.net


The bus tours put on by SCHS are a service to SCHS members and the public. THe SCHS is a membership-focused organization with the specific purpose of preserving local history, providing history-related events, and a more general purpose of fostering relationships among people, and building community spirit and awareness. The total amount of each person’s fee for the tour goes toward paying for the expenses of the tour. Any extra money goes toward tour overhead costs and funding for the next tour.

Past SCHS Bus Tours

August 21, (Thursday), 2014 “Discover the Richness of Springfield” bus tour. – Please note that this event is over. – Please note that this event is over.
A summertime bus tour to see the fabulous Lincoln Museum and other Lincoln sites including the First Presbyterian church where the Lincoln’s worshiped, and a rare tour of the Governor’s mansion. There will be a choice for each passenger to see the stately Dana Thomas house by Frank Lloyd Wright, (each person pays $10 entrance fee at door) or to go to the Old State Capital and Lincoln’s tomb. Lunch at the elegant and historic four star Maldaner’s Restaurant, choice of two entrees; chicken breast with mushroom sauce or roast sirloin, salad, two hot vegetables, homemade mashed potatoes, mixed green salad and dessert. Arrive at St Lucas UCC church at 7:30 am to board for 8:00 am departure, return at approximately 5:00 pm. Cost to SCHS members, $55 and $65 to non-members. Contact Pat Breckenridge to make reservations, 314-842-1088. See more information on the page Summer 2014 Bus Tour.


SCHS theme "St Louis 250"May 8 (Thursday), 2014  – Please note that this event is over.
St Louis History bus tour
Loading at St Lucas UCC church at 7:30 am, departs at 8:00 am, returns at 3:00 pm
See the sites and meet the people that have made the great 250 year history of St. Louis. The tour will cover St. Louis history from Mississippian Mound Builders and French colonial times, the start of the Oregon Trail leading out from St. Louis to the rapid growth of St. Louis into a great regional city, through the difficult days of the Civil War, to the rise of the great industrial city in the late 19th and 20th centuries, a city of beer brewing, the manufacture of shoes, airplanes and spacecraft. Did you know that the Old Cathedral stands on the only piece of land in St. Louis that has never been bought or sold?
For price, meal information and how to make a reservation, see St Louis History Bus Tour.

Bussen Quarry Tour – Note this event is past, held in 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
We have an exciting bus tour to Bussen Quarry on June 19. This visit is not only of historical interest seeing a company that has been in operation for more than 100 years in our area, it is also an industry vital to our economy, as much now as ever, for the building of structures and roads. And as if to make it a theme, we will visit the Monroe County History Museum that has a large collection of transportation vehicles. Then off to a fine lunch at Gallagher’s restaurant. This is surely a tour you won’t want to miss! At Bussen Quarry we will see the quarrying process and maybe blasting, too. We will see the loading operation on the river and we will go into the underground storage areas where all kinds of businesses take advantage of the secure and climate controlled conditions in the underground. We will learn about Missouri geology, quarrying technology and equipment. The tour for Wednesday, June 19th will start at St. Lucas UCC, gathering at 8:30 am and boarding our restroom-equipped Cabello bus at 9:00. We return to St. Lucas at 3:00 pm. Our tour price includes bus fare, admissions and sumptuous lunch at the famous Gallagher’s restaurant, all for $35. Send checks to Ray Steinnerd at 4474 Gemini Drive 63126 or pay in person at the April 24 general meeting. Call Stephen Hanpeter with questions; 314-9181617

Wednesday, June 20, 2012  – Note this event is past, held in 2012
Bus Tour to 
Cahokia Mounds
We will drive to Cahokia in the comfort of a tour bus with restroom facilities. We will tour the interpretative center and have lunch following our tour at a restaurant in the area. This is a walking tour. The cost of the bus and the lunch is $37 per person. To reserve your seat, call Stephen Hanpeter at 314-918-1617. Come see this phenomenal site of world-wide importance right in our very own back yard. There is also a new interpretative center and other new facilities.
Reservations being accepted until May 18.
 Visit the Cahokia Mounds web site.

March 30, 2011  – Note this event is past, held in 2011
Bus Trip to Defiance, Mo 
to see the Sappington-Dressel House and adjoining Boonesfield Village. 


Bellefountaine Cemetery bus tour Thursday, August 19, 2010

November 18, 2010 Bus Tour  – Note this event is past, held in 2013
Sappington-Concord Plantations and Farms Bus Tour – 2013
(back again by popular demand) of the Sappington-Concord area historic sites, plantations, farms, and houses of the early pioneer families, with Ross Wagner and Terry Rupp as guides. Cost: $15.00 per person to pay for bus rental. Call Jacque Stock for reservations or questions: 314-961-0608. Meet at St. Lucas Church at Denny Road for a 1:00 p.m. departure. The bus will return at 4:00 p.m.

July 13, 2009 – Note this event is past, held in 2009
Sappington-Concord Plantations and Farms Bus Tour – 2009

Society members conducted the tour of the Sappington-Concord area, pointing out various plantations, farms, and houses of the early pioneer families.  A stop was made at the Bishop-Long log house where we got an explanation of how a log cabin is constructed.  Another stop was at the Sappington Cemetery where John Sappington, Revolutionary War veteran, and others of the extended Sappington family are buried.

The South County Times wrote a front page feature article on the bus tour along with photos. See SCHS in the News

schs green book photo bar graphic combo

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