March 18, 1839

Birthday of Harry Yount in Washington County, MO. This Civil War hero and western pioneer went on to become the very first National Park Ranger.

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.