June 7, 1804

Lewis and Clark were making their way up and through the central part of the state where cities like Jefferson City and Boonville are now located. They were greatly impressed with the quality and potential of the land.

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.