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Eagle's Nest Inn


The population of Louisiana was 3,364 in the 2010 census. It’s a small town but a big community steeped in local history.


Of today’s residents, many still trace their lineage back to John Walter Basye, the man who founded Louisiana back in 1816.


Eagle’s Nest Inn is as innate to Louisiana as the town’s history is to its culture. The nostalgic architecture and design of the hotel harken back to the Victorian streetscape that still awaits guests along the streets of the town today.


According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana has the “most intact Victorian Streetscape of the State of Missouri.”


Eagle’s Nest Inn complements this recognition with its own stunning take on local history.


Canoe on a lake
People at an outdoor market

Eagle’s Nest Inn—Part of Something Bigger

Louisiana is one of three communities forming the “50 Miles of Art” corridor where artists, craftspeople and artisans roost. The Georgia Street Historic District in the center of Louisiana is said to inspire some of that artistry.

Other examples of local beauty surrounding the Eagle’s Nest Inn include:

  • The Charles Bacon House
  • The Captain George and Attella Barnard House
  • Bethel Chapel AME Church
  • City Market
  • The Goodman-Stark House
  • Louisiana Chicago & Alton Railroad Depot
  • The Louisiana Public Library
  • The North Third Street Historic District
  • Pike County Hospital
  • The Lloyd Crow Stark House
  • The Carriage House

All of these beautiful buildings are part of the National Register of Historic Places as well.

Connected by history and heritage, Louisiana’s streetscape spans several lifetimes of beauty and lore. The Eagle’s Nest Inn is situated perfectly to give guests access to it all.

Attractions in Louisiana, Missouri


The Louisiana Area Historical Museum is worth a visit for anyone passing through. From Memorial Day through Colorfest (in late October), it’s open daily except for Sundays.

The museum was curated inside a beautifully restored Victorian store building. It features:

    • Multiple collections from Louisiana’s history, including collections as old as the town itself.
    • The recent addition of The Stark Room showcasing items used in the Stark Nurseries over 200 years ago. The nurseries led the nation’s fruit stock and grafting business for generations.
    • The Hercules Room further explains the major role this employer played in the creation of artificial fuel during World War II.
    • Other areas of the museum include two-hundred-year-old toys and games, vintage clothing, local streetscape models, photos, vintage clothing and pioneer household items.

Staffed by volunteers, the museum is open from 1:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment by calling 573-754-4443.


Louisiana is home to Pike County’s largest festival, the Louisiana Country Colorfest.

The Colorfest began in 1984. It’s held over the third weekend in October and is attended by over 8,000 people annually, well over two times the current population of the town.

Other events are always popping up along the picturesque landscape. See more local events to time your visit to Louisiana “just right.”

Mississippi River frozen in winter
Cone flowers

Discover Lay Center

Louisiana is home to a beautiful outreach of St. Louis University. Come enjoy this beautiful park and spend the day basking in a serene, natural environment. Learn more!

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