The USS Missouri

Discover the history on the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surrender aboard the ship.


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The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812

“The earth, river, etc., torn with furious convulsions, opened in huge trenches. There through a thousand vents sulphurous streams gushed from its very bowels leaving vast and…


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The Fastest Rider in the West

Neither rain nor snow nor Comanche war parties could stop Francois Aubry, the Missouri speed demon, from delivering the mail in record time. His exploits were the stuff of legend,…


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The 1861 Jayhawker Raid in Osceola

A jayhawker raid in 1861 lays waste to the town of Osceola.


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The Real Story Behind That Bad Man “Stagger Lee”

On Christmas Eve, 1895, a shooting occurred in a North St. Louis saloon that was destined to find a prominent—and permanent—place in American oral tradition.


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Life on the Run: Riding With the Younger Brothers

In the stories told about them during their careers the Youngers were often cast in the classic Robin Hood mold. It was an image they worked hard to cultivate, but it was only…


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Melodies of Missouri

Our state, its people, and their stories are reflected in these half-dozen songs from the past.


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The History of Missouri’s Flag

After entering the Union in 1821, Missouri went nearly an entire century without a state flag. The Missouri state flag was finally designed by Ray County native Marie Watkins…


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The Tribes of Missouri Part 3: Homecoming

Dominated by the new US government, Missouri’s indigenous groups struggled against efforts to marginalize them—and sometimes against the indifference of their own young people.…


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The Otoe-Missouria Tribe Today

A conversation with Heather Payne, Otoe-Missouria Tribe public information officer, based in Red Rock, Oklahoma.


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