Bentonsport's Mason House Inn Bed and Breakfast was built in 1846, to serve travelers on steamboats going from St . Louis to Des Moines . It was constructed by Mormon craftsmen, who stayed in the area about three years, before continuing their journey to Utah . During the Civil War, the building was a hospital and a station on the Underground Railroad . It's cozy Federal style provides a warm welcome for big-city visitors who want to experience a quiet and restful stay . Many of the rooms appear much as they did in the early days . Rooms are furnished with original antiques . Some guests have reported being visited by friendly spirits during the night . Until 1958, there was no plumbing or electricity in the house . There's still a chamber pot under every bed, and a full cookie jar in every room, plus free wireless internet access . The Caboose Cottage can be rented by the night, week, or month . It is fully self-contained and open year-round .
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