March 11, 2006 - Posted at 12:32 p.m. CST
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) _ With the 150th anniversary of the outbreak
of the Civil War approaching, one Democratic state lawmaker says
Missouri is not doing enough to capitalize on the resulting tourism
J-C Kuessner, of Eminence, is a member of the House Tourism
Committee. He says Missouri has plenty of Civil War history of its
own -- and could also be the first stop for many history buffs
coming from the western U-S.
But to tell the story of Missouri's part in the war, Kuessner
says, the state will have to spend money. Last year the tourism
budget shrank, but Kuessner says he hopes to get the money restored
-- and Governor Blunt, a Republican, has said that will happen.
The Civil War officially began in 1861, although it was preceded
by violence along the Kansas-Missouri border several years earlier.