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Riverview Traders General Store (Wilton)

Is this place for real? All we saw were the sticks that we supposed they supported the tipis with. No one was in sight.
posted May 30 2006 12:22PM - Drew & Karen, Blue Springs, MO

It's a great place! The store is on the little road behind the field with the teepee sticks in it. I
encourage you to stop by next time. There is a path from the trail up to the road.
posted May 30 2006 5:47PM - sbikes, Kansas City

My brothers and I stayed there on our KATY ride.....totally enjoyed ourselves and the hosts. It is its own uniqueness, not to be confused with others. We didn't use the teepees but looked inside. The owners used to make teepee kits for sale hence the four or so that are available for a small fee. Yup - wonderful place!! Regards.....Mark of the Dalton Boys
posted May 31 2006 7:46AM - Mark of the Dalton Boys, Austin, TX/Columbia, MO.

This place is for real and you missed out on meeting 2 great people. The tipi's are no longer there due to mildew and rot. The store has drinks along with hand made items. I gree with the Dalton boys, is is unique, you should have gone in. Robert and Maggie are native americans with a heart of gold.
posted Jun 2 2006 9:56PM - geea

I am assuming that they had someone else watching the store the day we where there. My daughter, 10 at the time needed to use a restroom badly/not the type of issue where you can squat and go. We road up to the store and came in. We had decided to by some cold drinks/but the restroom was issue #1. We obeyed the sign by the campsite that stated to ask at the store before using. Well, the lady told us that the ones at the camp where locked/and no there was not one at the store she could use. She was extremly rude about it also. Needless to say, we left without buying anything/and on consecutive trips didn't even bother to stop there.
I'm glad others had better stops/but I couldn't believe the rudness, as it was the only rudness we ever where subjected to on our entire 2 day trip.
posted Jun 4 2006 12:29PM - Mom who rides with her daughters, Lee's Summit

It is funny that everyone assumes that everyone in business along the trail or elsewere should provide toilets. Especially to those who do not buy a thing. You wouldn't expect your favorite strip mall store to have a toilet for public use. Why should it be any different for those on the trail, especially when the business is their home. As for as the port a poty, if your not paying to camp then why should they open it up for you to use. It is also funny that the trail heads have toilets, some flushing, some not, and yet I have seen with my own eyes people pass them by and enter a business and ask to use there toilets. It's an expence for the shops, water, soap, towels and just buying a soda will not cover it.
Would you like it if I just stop my car infront of your home, rang the bell and asked to use your toilet because my daughter had to go badly....
posted Jun 18 2006 11:06PM - cathy, jeff city

I don't get it either. I have seen people along the trail get downright angry with businesses
along the trail when they say they have no public toilet available. DNR does a decent job of
keeping the trailhead toilets clean and stocked with supplies. Businesses along the trail are
providing a public service by just staying open...I don't see anybody getting rich from
business from the Trail. I don't think it is too much to ask that people use the trailhead
posted Jun 18 2006 11:57PM - sbikes, Kansas City

Robert and Maggie are authentic people-not the kind that have a fake smile for everyone who comes along. They don't believe in entertaining everyone who comes along and they don't tolerate rudeness or disrespect.
Their place is one at which you get the kind of treatment you deserve-the customer isn't always right and they won't and shouldn't put up with any bs for the money they earn.
I've been treated well there when I deserved it and been treated like a nuisance when I deserved it.
These are people you can learn alot from if they like you. You would do your children a favor by giving them another visit. Robert and Maggie are wise people-truly rare.
posted Jun 18 2007 11:07AM - Phil Porter, merriam ks

Has anyone staid here in 2010/2011? Planning a trip for Boy Scouts and would like to confirm they are still in business and current conditions.
posted Mar 22 2011 8:55AM - Kman, Overland Park

I would call Maggie, 573-657-1095, to see if they can handle a large group of scouts. If not try Hartsburg just down the trail. Call Bill Abrahams about Volunteer Park or Mayor Ditzfeld at rditzfeld@socket.net.
posted Mar 23 2011 4:59PM - Michael Rodemeyer, Hartsburg, Missouri

Tags: Hartsburg, Wilton, Volunteer Park, Riverview Traders General Store, Camping, Water Modify Tags

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