Missouri River Portland Missouri Sonora Chute

February 26, 1856

The side-wheel riverboat Sonora sank near Portland, Missouri. The dangerous spot where it sank is now known as Sonora Chute.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.