May 27, 1778

The founder of St. Louis, Pierre Laclède, was going downriver to New Orleans on this date when he died.

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.

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A tornado in Poplar Bluff killed 104 and injured 350 more.  

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