The First Missouri River Steamboat Departs St. Louis: June 21, 1819

The first steamboat to sail on the Missouri River departed port in St. Louis on this date bound for what is now Omaha, Nebraska.


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The Dogwood is Named Our State Tree: June 20, 1955

The flowering dogwood was chosen as Missouri's official tree.


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Kathleen Turner is Born in Springfield: June 19, 1954

The "Romancing the Stone" actress was born on this date in 1954.


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Major Albert Lambert Leases an Airfield Northwest of St. Louis: June 18, 1920

Major Albert Lambert, on behalf of the Missouri Aeronautical Society of which he was a member, leased a field northwest of downtown St. Louis on this date in 1920.


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Racing Down the Osage

Novice and experienced kayakers are invited to compete in the Riverfront Day Kayak Race. The route takes racers down a historic shipping route from Roscoe to Osceola and offers…


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The Kansas City Massacre Takes Place Near Union Station: June 17, 1933

Pretty Boy Floyd and his gang were implicated in killing four policemen and their prisoner in front of the Union Station in Kansas City. This event has come to be known as the…


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At Chillicothe, a Celebration of Sliced Bread

In the 1920s, one bold baker dared to try a new machine that promised perfect pre-sliced loaves of bread. Ever since, Chillicothe has been known as the Home of Sliced Bread. This…


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Scenic Rides and Drives: A Kid-Approved Road Trip

Pack some snacks and get everyone buckled in. This family-friendly excursion stretches from Hannibal to the Bootheel with five fun stops along the way. From wild animals to…


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Revisiting the King of Ragtime

​​Known for such compositions as "The Entertainer" and "Maple Leaf Rag," Scott Joplin is one of the most important figures in ragtime music. At the Scott Joplin House State…


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General Franz Sigel Arrives in Rolla: June 14, 1861

General Franz Sigel arrived by train in Rolla with his 3rd Missouri Infantry on this date. 


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