Article from The OC Register available at ocregister.com (free registration required) - 6/5/05
... Where young Walt found inspiration
A small Missouri town goes to great lengths to remind visitors that it helped shape the entertainment legend

By LARRY BLEIBERG
The Dallas Morning News

MARCELINE, MO. I've never been to this tiny town in northern Missouri, but the moment I set foot on Kansas Avenue, I'm hit with a dizzying sense of familiarity.

The street is lined with two-story brick buildings, some fronted with candy-striped awnings. American flags wave from cast-iron street lamps. There's a movie theater, and there's a corner cafe, serving fried chicken and ice cream sundaes.

The only thing missing is a costumed mouse.