California, Missouri: Burgers' Smokehouse Visitors Center

Smoked meat, nature exhibits, and a talking robot hillbilly named "Slim."

Address:
32819 Hwy 87, California, MO
Directions:
Hwy 87, three miles south of the junction of Hwys 50 and 87. Left turn up a tree-lined road to the company office and Visitor's Center.
Phone:
573-796-3134
Admission:
Free.
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Burgers' Smokehouse Visitors Center

As you enter the Visitor's Center portion of this local meat smokehouse, you are treated to three dusty dioramas of typical Missouri seasons. A creepy dummy named "Slim" peers down at you from the wall and drawls a welcome spiel while swinging his leg.

Follow the hall to the left and end up in the smokehouse deli, where you can end your tour with a ham sandwich. Several smoked meats odds and ends are also for sale there.

[Pearl, 05/28/2010]

According to their website, some of exhibits were inspired by the classic dead animal attraction "Call of the Wild." The decades-old talking robot "Slim" is supposed to represent the typical smoked-meat loving hillbilly.


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