December 24, 1861

The Gratiot Street Prison in St. Louis received its first Confederate prisoners.

December 23, 1932

Street lights burned all day in St. Louis because the smoke was so bad. The Depression was causing everyone to burn wood and cheap coal.

December 22, 1989

St. Louis was at 16⁄ below zero on this day. Springfield and Columbia were at 20⁄ below.

December 21, 1847

The very first telegraph was sent to St. Louis. It was sent to the Missouri Republican newspaper from Louisville.

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.

December 19, 1973

One of the worst traffic jams in St. Louis history was caused by a blizzard and the last minute Christmas shoppers.

December 18, 1877

Long distance telephone service began in Missouri. The first line ran between Jackson and Cape Girardeau. St. Louis-Hannibal and Columbia-Rocheport were connected within months.

December 17, 1822

Written ballots rather than oral voting was officially required now for all St. Louis elections.

December 16, 1811

The first shocks occurred in the largest earthquake ever to shake North America. It was centered on the New Madrid Fault in Missouri. Read More about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

December 15, 1964

On this date, Anheuser-Busch became the first brewery in history to produce ten million barrels of beer in one year.