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      Pay the Canton riverfront a visit

      A new addition has arrived in Canton , Missouri adding to the townâ??s effort of becoming a tourist hotspot.

      "It goes back several years ago when the city and industrial development authority received stimulus money from the federal government," Mayor Jarrod Phillips said.

      The city used that money to complete phase one, installing a levee walk that spans 2,000 feet along the Mississippi River.

      "That overlooks a good portion of the river, you can see the lock and dam, and you can see south quite a ways,â?? Phillips added.

      Phase two came this year when a one story tall observation tower was constructed giving people a better view of the town's riverfront, using old infrastructure to preserve some of the cityâ??s history.

      "The structure the platform is sitting on is actually the old Canton water plant, and that was built in the 1930s," Robin Jarvis, co-chairman of Cantonâ??s tourism commission, said.

      Jarvis also added that not only does the observation deck give people a better view of Canton's beautiful riverfront; it is perfect for tourists and nature lovers.

      "This is a great place for community to come to come and kind of get in touch with nature,â?? she said. â??We've got great views of the river and a nice smooth walking trail if you want to come get some exercise."

      The deck is also a great spot to relax on a summer night.

      "Thereâ??s always a nice breeze blowing on the observation deck so hot summer nights you can come down here and cool off a little bit,â?? Jarvis said.

      The new improvements to the Canton riverfront were funded with the help of Cantonâ??s Tourism Commission.