The Grafton Ferry makes trips each weekend between Grafton and St. Charles, Missouri, bringing in a large number of tourists to the tiny river town.  The tourism season has been pretty good so far, according to the city's mayor, although he suspects the recent heat wave may have kept the numbers down somewhat.

Even so, Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson tells The Big Z the town continues to thrive as a tourist destination.

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Thompson says the new Grafton Oyster Bar has added a new "destination" to the city's offerings, which includes a healthy restaurant and bar scene, as well as a zip-line and other attractions. 

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