May 18, 1873

A Globe-Democrat article stated that Henry Shaw was so upset by the ways that visitors were treating his flowers and plants that he was considering closing the gates to the general public.

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.