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Population: 188
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Callaway Bank
10393 State Road C, Mokane

Mokane Bar and Grill
Mokane Lions Club Park
301 River St, Mokane

Mokane Trailhead

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Forum Discussions about Mokane

Carl Belken from Mokane on 02/08/2020 10:00 PM:
The Mokane Market appears to have closed on January 1st 2020. The building is up for sale but I've not heard of anyone interested in buying it.

The nearest store is now the new Dollar General which is a mile north of the Katy Trail on Rt.C.

Hank on 02/09/2020 10:36 AM:
Is the Mokane bar still open?

Bill in Houston from Houston on 02/12/2020 10:42 AM:
They have a Facebook page, and posted on Jan 15th that they have free pool.

Shame to see the Market go away. It was a famous place on the trail. Nice little stop for basic provisions and a sandwich.

Eric P from Mokane on 02/17/2020 12:32 PM:
The Mokane Market closed at the end of January. It is currently for sale. It closed due to lacking sales because of a new Dollar General that opened about two miles north of town. The business and building is for sale and would be a great opportunity to serve the Katy Trail riders. There is an unfinished upstairs that could be converted to a B&B and store. Community Notice: New owners requested to be well mannered and welcoming to cyclists. Mokane needs a breath of fresh air!

Anonymous on 02/17/2020 07:32 PM:
Interesting. So many complaints through the years about being unfriendly, unwelcoming and rude. And the doors closed because of the Dollar Store.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 02/18/2020 02:12 PM:
Eeeeexactly. I made sure to stop in because it was famous for being so unwelcoming. I wanted that place to be there forever. Turns out we weren't the enemy.

bikerdudette from Wentzville on 02/22/2020 05:36 AM:
We always stopped in there. Once when we got there another biker was leaving having a shouting match w/the owners wife. The guy who owned it was nice, wife not so much. A bunch of locals were there and we had lunch w/them, they were telling us all kinds of stories about the local history. It was really fun. Very sorry to see that go!

Hank on 02/22/2020 08:20 AM:
That place will forever in my mind be known as "Grumpy's". :)

Anonymous on 02/23/2020 02:04 PM:
serves them right for being so unfriendly and rude to trail users. I am glad the is a dollar store in Mokane now.

Carl Belken from Mokane on 02/08/2020 10:11 PM:
Unconfirmed Rumor.

I heard that a local man was attacked by free-running dogs while walking the KATY trail in Mokane. The local man is someone who grew up with dogs and is very familiar with their ways.

In the past month, I've noticed groups of free-running dogs near the trail.

I recommend that anyone using this section of trail bring a can of pepper mace with them and be familiar with how to use it. I personally prefer Bear Spray which is a much stronger version of mace.

Mokane - Mokane Bar and Grill
Denise and Mike from Lee Summit MO on 11/02/2017 01:18 PM:
Sunday, October 29, Mokane Bar and Grill was closed up tight. It was a beautiful day and we saw a lot of riders on the trail but no place to eat.

Mokane Bar and Grill
Tom H from St Charles MO on 08/15/2017 07:14 PM:
Don't let the looks of the place keep you from going in for lunch. It's an old RailRoad town, the Rail Road is gone, nothing else around to compete with for food so it is what it is. Hamburger are friggin incredible, so good, the fried pickle wedges also good. Guy Needs some skills on being a good waiter, but it is what it is, go and enjoy the food, excellent..

Cathy from Jefferson City on 08/16/2017 12:18 AM:
I agree, the hamburgers at the Mokane Bar and Grill are worth the trip. They are very friendly, which makes it a fun experience. Another place that has great hamburgers is the bar in Portland, I'm not sure what it is called now. But I have been there before and after the new owners took over and the hamburgers were great both times.

Anonymous on 08/16/2017 08:28 AM:
And who doesn't like a friendly hamburger...

Mokane Warning
Female Rider from Kansas City on 06/12/2017 11:59 AM:
Heads up, especially to lone female cyclists. On Friday, June 9, I was crossing the large Auxvasse Creek bridge east of Mokane. I had noticed a blue vehicle parked on the road next to the bridge and assumed someone was fishing. A man was standing at the far end of the bridge, out of sight, until I reached him. He was performing a lewd act as I rode by, facing the trail. Fortunately, I was able to ride on without any further issues. I feel certain that he noticed me somewhere along the trail, maybe from Highway 94, and then got ahead of me to the bridge and waited for me to cross. This has been reported to the MO Dept of Conservation and also to the Callaway Co. Sheriff's Dept. I heard from some workers that the Auxvasse Creek bridge is a party spot. So, just BEWARE!!!

Barefoot4ever from Lake Ozark on 06/14/2017 09:31 AM:
But don't let it scare you completely off the trail. Biked the entire trail from the 4th-8th, and didn't find anything odd. Always good to stay alert, though!

Lin Wilder from Fort Collins, Colorado on 06/18/2017 07:28 PM:
Thanks for warning others, but yes, I would say to other riders to be alert but don't let it scare you off. We always felt very safe on the trail. Generally those who "flash" don't do anything else.

Cathy from Jefferson City on 06/18/2017 11:43 PM:
Thanks for the warning. I had a similar encounterng happen at the gas station at WalMart a few years ago. So I know how upsetting it is. We all need to be alert. But don't let it keep us from living our lives and enjoying things like the Katy Trail.

Female Rider from Kansas City on 06/19/2017 09:23 AM:
I will add that prior to the bridge incident, there was a small blue SUV with tinted windows driving very slowly down the trail (between Mokane and the bridge). This was a different vehicle than what I saw at the bridge. They turned off when the trail met a road and stopped right there as I rode by. I assumed they were lost or confused. It was disconcerting, especially when the bridge incident then happened. I did continue on with the trail, because I did not want any of this to stop me. But I am more alert than ever to what is going on around me.

KC from Austin on 06/19/2017 07:55 PM:
LOL, just now seeing that this happened near Mokane. Of course.

Anonymous on 06/20/2017 08:46 AM:
Bad form KC. You should do better.

KC from Austin on 06/20/2017 01:57 PM:
Had 2 horrible experiences there so I'm not just popping off. But you are right, I usually follow the golden rule, and I do know one terrific person from Mokane.

Conrad from Rocheport on 06/20/2017 03:36 PM:
When faced with a situation like this one, please do your best to acquire information that would be helpful to law enforcement. Such as make of automobile, color of automobile, and license plate info (# and state). A license number in this case would have resulted in a visit to the accused perp by a law enforcement officer and potentially his arrest and conviction. Lack of this information leads to a big, fat nothing burger as far as the perp goes. Write the number down on your hand, shirt, or your riding partners forehead if necessary.

Sarah from Hartsburg on 06/20/2017 03:45 PM:
That is good advice! Thank you!

Anonymous on 06/24/2017 10:37 PM:
FYI that this happened at 11:45 a.m. which you would think would be a "safe" time. By the time I realized what he was doing, all I could do was get past him, trying to sct nonchalant, and then at some point ride like heck to try to get somewhere fast to report it. I am 57, but I don't think I have ever ridden a bike so fast. My mouth went dry but I did not stop for water. I kept scannong ahead and behind me for a blue vehicle because I was not sure if he would do anything else. I was trying not to crash. The trail went away from the highway at that point, so I could get over to it for help. Remember, I had just seen a car driving down the trail so I didn't know vwhat to expect. I was so relieved to get to Steedman and tried to find law enforcement or someone with the Katy Trail, but no one was around but a guy working in his yard. He told me to "just keep on going" That is literally all he had to say. The problem was my vehicle was back at Tebbetts, and there was no way I was going to backtrack. Fortunately, around Portland, I met 2 very nice Katy Trail workers who reported the incident to their boss over the phone. I also talked with the boss and gave as much info as I could. They reported it to the sheriff, and we thought someone was going to go to the bridge, but no one ever did as far as I know. The workers kindly loaded up my bike in their truck and drove me back to Tebbetts via the trail. We passed the bridge but the guy was gone. The workers told me that they've never heard of anything like this happening, but they also said that the Auxvasse Creek bridge is a party spot and they always have to clean it up. My very strong impression at the time was that the guy had seen me and was waiting for me. He was definitely familiar with that bridge and knew exactly where to stand so that I would not see him until I was right there. That is creepy, and it was a crime perpetrated against ME. Two gals were a ways behind me, and I met up with them later. They saw his blue car at the bridge but not him.

Anonymous on 06/24/2017 10:57 PM:
Sorry, I typed that last posting fast and had some typos. I meant to say that the trail went away from the highway at some point after the bridge, so I could NOT get over to it to flag someone down. I really, really, really wanted the guy to be caught. I called the sheriff's office that night and requested that a report be written up if it hadn't been already. They told me it was not under their purview since it was a state park. The next day, I actually drove back through that area on my way home, looking for his vehicle or him in Steedman, Mokane and Tebbetts. No luck.

Anonymous on 06/24/2017 11:43 PM:
Anonymous (above) is Female Rider from Kansas City, if you did not figure that out! The really good thing about that day was meeting those workers, who care about the trail and the facilities and work hard to keep everything nice for all of us.

Female Rider from Kansas City on 06/26/2017 10:09 AM:
Final comment - I completed the trail yesterday! All the way to Machens (in sections, but I completed it nonetheless)!

Pookie DeCocq from Richards, MO on 10/20/2016 09:43 PM:
How safe is the parking lot in Mokane to leave a vehicle over night??? Was reading some negative comments on leaving one overnight at Jefferson City Trailhead!!! Suggestions in the area of Jeff City or Mokane areas???

Anonymous on 10/21/2016 02:02 PM:
No problem but check on the clown spottings.

Jim from St Thomas on 10/21/2016 02:36 PM:
We have left vehicles in the state parking lots on Main Street just west of the Capitol Building. If you get there before 7:00 am or after 5:00 pm on weekdays you can find a spot under one of the lights. On weekends its pretty well open.

George Hord from Tebbets on 11/08/2016 08:54 AM:
It is safe to park a car at the Methodist Church parking lot in Tebbetts MO. Tebbetts is 13 miles east of Jefferson City Trail Head and 6 Miles west of Mokane.

Ed from Colorado on 10/13/2015 05:31 PM:
I have to agree that the store owner isn't into customer service for cyclists. He ran out of the store to tell me not to lean my bike against the building even before I had a chance to stop. The atmosphere in the store was thick...with cigarette smoke and I just didn't feel like my money was welcome. To add credence to the not-friendly feeling someone tied a vine all the way across the Katy trail not to far from town. We approached the scene just as another cyclist was cutting it down. As for me, I am not going back.

Anonymous on 10/14/2015 04:27 AM:
Ed, I believe I had heard but I have not seen it but some say there is an open patch off the trail near Mokane that legend has it some KT riders met their demise with bike tires sticking out of the grown now. They called him the "Mokane Mauler". In the past at the end of the month some have said they have seen bikers riding with dark faces that seem to just disappear. Please come back Ed.

DM from Columbia, Missouri on 10/14/2015 09:26 AM:
We have ridden to Mokane from Columbia several times over the years and had fine experiences at the local Mokane store. It has provided us with cold drinks, packaged ice cream treats, and snacks. I'm sad to hear someone had a bad experience there and hope it hasn't become unwelcoming!

Anonymous on 10/15/2015 05:36 PM:
We had a horrible experience there this week. I strongly suggest no cyclist stop there, ever. The proprietress does not want our business and told us in no uncertain terms. Too bad because we wanted to support every business on the trail and were treated so well everywhere else.

BikerBoy from Edwardsville, IL on 10/16/2015 09:56 AM:
I visited the Mokane Market on Monday (10/12/15). I didn't need anything, but I really wanted to see what the fuss was all about. I was very prepared for an Ed Debevic's type of experience. Imagine my disappointment when I parked my bike on the side of the store (as the sign asks you to do); I go inside and the gentleman with white hair behind the counter asked me if I was searching for something in particular. He pointed me to the Gatorade and even told me I should consider an ice cream sandwich -- sold! I never got a sense of disdain from him, and before I left another cyclist came in and also was greeted.

The store is missing an opportunity to be a destination -- if they could play up the mean-spirited side of things (but in a joking way), they could get a lot more business from people wanting to experience "something different".

Anonymous on 10/16/2015 12:56 PM:
Great idea BB. Like Dicks in San Antonio with paper condoms to put over your helmet so everyone you met on the trail would know what a ________ (fun type person) you are and that you just visited the Mokane Market.

Jim from St Thomas on 10/16/2015 03:21 PM:
I have had both good and bad experiences there. I guess the bottom line is, while its always nice to get a smile with your purchase, as long as the owner/employee sells you what you need its all good.

Mark from Lee's Summit, MO on 10/16/2015 06:58 PM:
It might not be the most cheerful store with the most cheerful people, but they have a table and chairs near the front counter of the general store so we were grateful to have a place to relax for a few minutes. The bananas and energy bars were much needed fuel so we could finish our 75 mile day to Rhineland.

Anonymous on 10/17/2015 06:34 AM:
Mokane Market featuring the Son of the Notorius Mokane Mauler especially during the Halloween season. Priceless. I believe Ed Debevic;s closed though recently. Go Royals all the way, we don't need the undeserving chubs.

KC from Austin on 10/19/2015 12:54 PM:
They need to fix their door latch. Let's just say one employee doesn't like to open the door for customers when it jams.

Mokane Market
natalie from leawood , ks on 05/17/2015 02:22 PM:
Good place to find snacks, water etc. Good bathroom stop. Can't buy a 6 pack of beer and drink in the store. Place was smokey.