Marshall Jim the Wonder Dog's Home

Arrow of Peace barn block Marshall, the Boonslick's largest city, sits at the western edge of the region, 10 miles north of I-70 on U.S. Highway 65. The county seat of Saline County, Marshall has a stately courthouse, many well-kept Victorian homes, Indian Foothills Park and several bed and breakfasts. Marshall is also home to Missouri Valley College.

A must-see for each visitor to Marshall is the statue of Jim the Wonder Dog, a Llewellyn setter with seemingly extraordinary abilities. In the 1930s, Jim predicted the outcome of events such as the Kentucky Derby and the World Series. His abilities were examined by the full Missouri House and Senate. The statue is located inside the Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Garden, next door to the new Jim the Wonder Dog Museum and Visitor Center.

Marshall is the smallest city in the U.S. with a philharmonic orchestra. Bob James, a Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist, returns annually to his hometown to perform and teach. Each spring, the Bob James Jazz Fest and Clinic draws professional musicians and new talent to the campus of Missouri Valley College.

The Nicholas-Beasley Airplane Company is commemorated in a 12,000 square-foot museum. The company produced parts for Charles Lindberg's famous plane, "The Spirit of St. Louis." Its founders also started the Marshall Flying School, the largest civilian flying school in the world, training more than 3,000 pilots. The museum is open from 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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