You don't hear much about this Missouri place and perhaps that's a good thing. It's an unassuming part of the Show Me State where two Missouri rivers quietly meet and it's special for a number of reasons.

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Someone recently shared a beautiful picture on the Missouri sub-Reddit of what's known as the Bourbeuse Confluence. It's where the Bourbeuse empties into the Meramec river at the Choteau Access. As Wikipedia documents "Bourbeuse" is French for "muddy" which is a good description for these waters. The USGS shows this is a 154 mile long tributary.

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This drone video shows how quietly beautiful this part of Missouri really is yet few take the time to actually go there.

Rome of the West tells the story of how the Bourbeuse River used to be the home of 200 to 300 Native Americans who's homes were built along its waters. To them, it was sacred. I believe it remains that way.

The beautiful thing about the Bourbeuse and Meramec River confluence is that it remains very wild and undeveloped. It's geographically not in a place where it gets a lot of notice and the waters aren't conducive to power engines. It is however greatly valued to this day by fisherman who swear by the catches they find here.

It's one of the few places in Missouri that remains truly wild and let's hope it stays that way for quite some time to come.

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