The Mississippi was frozen over and a saloon keeper set up business in the middle of the river. His new location was so popular that he added a “ten pin alley.” Soon seven additional saloons were operating in the middle of the river and away from any authorities.

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.