Missouri can be found in the center of the United States, on the west bank of the Mississippi River. It is bordered to the north by Iowa, to the east by Illinois, to the south by Arkansas, and to the west by Kansas and Oklahoma. Although Missouri is a landlocked state, many beautiful lighthouses can be found guarding the Missouri River and the Mississippi River as navigational aids during the local boating season.
Missouri’s Duck Club Marina is a masonry tower that is approximately 36 feet tall and round-shaped like a bottle. It has a lantern to help guide boats and is white with red trim. The lighthouse marks the entrance to the marina which is found on the Mississippi River on Hwy 5. This lighthouse is found on the southeast side of the river after it twists to the north as it nears the junction with the Illinois River.
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The Mark Twain Lighthouse was originally built in 1935 with renovations done in 1963. It is an ornate lighthouse with a white light displayed for passing ships. It stands at approximately 30 feet and it octagonal in shape, with a lantern and gallery for visiting guests. This is quite possibly the most well known lighthouse in the United States even though it offers very little navigational help. It was built to honor the 100th anniversary of its namesake Mark Twain and was lit remotely by President Franklin Roosevelt, and was subsequently lit by President John Kennedy and President Bill Clinton.