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While traveling the Trail, visitors are encouraged to enjoy attractions, local shops and restaurants. Husbands ‘along for the ride’ will find particular interest in the “Genius” sites along the way that made this route famous.
Quilt Your Way Along the “Way of American Genius”
Dubbed “The Way of American Genius” for its connection to innovative Missourians such as Walt Disney, J.C Penney, Mark Twain and Gen. John J. Pershing, and innovations including Sliced Bread and the Pony Express, Missouri’s stretch of U.S. Highway 36 runs west to east, from St. Joseph to Hannibal.
“It’s a win-win for our customers; the husbands love visiting our regional historic sites and the woman love the quilt shops,” says Rozanne Johnson owner of from Rosie’s Quilts in Marceline.
Participants in this year’s program will find shop owners and staff who are enthusiastic to help visitors with any quilting needs, from picking out fabrics to assisting beginners with cutting the blocks. Many are offering their block in a kit to make the project easier. They all want your project to be a success.
The American Genius Highway Quilt Trail includes terrific unique shops. Many of the businesses along the established trail are located just off Highway 36, while some are within the Highway 36 Corridor (a zone spanning 36 miles north and 36 miles south of the actual highway).