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Here is the front view of the Missouri governor’s mansion.

The docents dress in period costumes for the tourists.

No matter how long you linger, you’ll always find new details you hadn’t noticed before, like this hinge on the front door.

In fact, when Jane Bruss pointed out to me the Missouri seal on the front doorknob, the docent was startled. Even she had failed to notice that.

As you walk into the foyer (I’ll save shots of that for another posting), a small parlor lies to the left. It was closed that day in April for redecorating. I won’t even guess at how many hours it takes to repaint all that fine detail.

The docent told us that a young man who was playing Tom Sawyer in some theatrical production got a chance to slide down this banister into the foyer.