Vinnie Ream

January 25, 1871

The very talented sculptress from Christian College in Columbia, Vinnie Ream, at age 18 was given the commission by Congress to sculpt the statue of Abraham Lincoln to stand in the National Capital Rotunda.

January 24, 1883

Several breweries including Miller and Schlitz were making a beer they called Budweiser.

Howard County Courthouse Fayette Missouri

January 23, 1816

Howard County, known as "The Mother County" because so many future counties were chiseled out of its original border, was formed on this early date.

Randolph County

January 22, 1829

Randolph County was founded on this date.

Forest Park St. Louis

January 19, 1871

On this date, Hiram Leffingwell presented his plans for a huge city park west of Kingshighway in St. Louis.

Frozen Mississippi River St. Louis

January 17, 1854

The Mississippi was frozen over and a saloon keeper set up business in the middle of the river.

January 9, 1809

On this date Moses Austin and Samuel Hammond Purchased 400 arpens of land to lay out the town of Herculaneum.

The Honey War Map Iowa Missouri Border

January 3, 1851

The exact northern border of Missouri was established thus ending the dispute which had led to the Honey War in 1839.


December 20, 1812

Sacagawea died at Fort Manuel in South Dakota. As promised, Explorer/Governor William Clark took custody of her son, Jean Baptiste and her infant daughter Lisette and raised them in St. Louis.

Grand Republic Carondelet Missouri

December 17, 1875

The largest and most lavish steamer ever to sail on an inland waterway was launched on this day. The Grand Republic was built at Carondelet. It later burned while undergoing repairs there.