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.


Bicentennial Series: The Struggle for Statehood

A historian digs a little deeper into our bicentennial date to figure out if we've actually been celebrating our statehood during the wrong month, and year.


From our Archive: The Missouri Murals

Explore Thomas Hart Benton's Missouri Murals.


Stagger Lee

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.


Old newspaper article used in popular missouri magazine

The Quest for Freedom

Upcoming symposium unravels the common history between German immigrants and African American slaves.


Painting done by local missouri artist George Caleb Bingham, features people on riverboat having a good time.

Melodies of Missouri

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