March 9, 1872

Ella Ewing, the “Missouri Giantess,” was born. She grew to be the world’s tallest woman of her time, reaching 8-feet, 4-inches. She grew up in the small village of Gorin in northeast Missouri and traveled the country thanks to her fame. She died at the age of 40 and is buried close to her childhood home.

Learn more about Ella Ewing in this Missouri Life magazine article, “One thousand miles of Missouri’s most unique museums.”

Missouri History Today is based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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