Digging for Truth

Archaeological findings shape our understanding of the past.


Belle starr Fort Smith on a horse with a pistol

7 Outlaw Women From Missouri

From the “Petticoated Terror of the Plains” Belle Starr to the fearless Bonnie Parker of America’s most notorious criminal couple, Missouri holds ties to more than its share of nefarious women.


Ten Missouri Artworks

As a part of our bicentennial series, we show off ten artworks from Missouri artists that help us understand our state’s history.


Interior of the Basilica located in Downtown St. Louis

Missouri’s Sacred Sites

What exactly makes a site sacred? Eight locations in Missouri provide answers to that question.


The Bicentennial Quilt Project

Bicentennial project tells the story of Missouri.


The Camdenton Lookout is a 60-foot tower built in 1942. It is also on the National Historic Lookout Register. Photo by Chris Hemsoth

The Missouri Lookout Towers That Helped Fight Forest Fires

Many of the fire towers are being closed, removed, and relocated, so this is a good time to find one to climb for the best views in the state.


New Madrid Earthquake

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 almost unfathomable caverns.”


Person riding a horse in the sunset with old western garb

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, and the inspiration for the Pony Express.


Osceola on fire man on horse with a gun

The 1861 Jayhawker Raid in Osceola

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


1970: Paul Stark Jr., a fifth-generation owner, shows off a bumper apple crop in bushel baskets.

Stark Bro’s Nursery & Orchards Co.

Browse through the years at the world's oldest fruit tree nursery.