November 18, 1801

John Butterfield was born on this day. He went on to found the Butterfield Overland Mail stage line from St. Louis to San Francisco. He also founded American Express. 

November 17, 1786

Birthday of Dr. Benoist Troost. He was Kansas City's first physician, founded their first newspaper, and started the city's Chamber of Commerce. Troost Avenue is named for him.

November 16, 1803

Lewis and Clark were on their way to St. Louis to begin exploring. On this day they crossed the Mississippi and set foot on Missouri soil for the first time. They were not far from present day Charleston, MO.

November 15, 1837

Missouri's new capitol building in Jefferson City caught fire. The fire was not extinguished for two days. It may have been caused by a cigar smoker in the building's library. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

November 14, 1870

Mayor Nathan Cole predicted a period of rapid growth for St. Louis. He said "The smoke will roll heavenward from her furnaces, mills, machine shops and factories and shall cover like a silver sheen her hills and valleys far and near." The ecology movement wasn't in full swing yet. 

November 13, 1833

This was the night of the "Great Star Shower of 1833." It was said to be so bright that a newspaper could be read on the street. One writer says, "For nearly four hours the sky was literally ablaze." Many thought the end of the world had come.

November 12, 1852

The first railroad locomotive to operate west of the Mississippi (named the Pacific) made its very first run on this day. It went four miles west from St. Louis to the Manchester Road. 

November 11, 1926

Route 66 was commissioned to run from Chicago to Los Angeles.

November 10, 1926

The Queen of Romania was touring Missouri on this day. The Coronado Hotel refurbished the entire 14th floor for Queen Marie and her entourage.

November 8, 1868

St. Louis was known as "Mound City" for many years. This was due to the Indian mounds in the area. The largest, Big Mound, was destroyed beginning on this day. Along with it, untold amounts of Mississippian Cultural artifacts were destroyed also.