April 9, 1917

The State Park Fund is created to develop Missouri state parks. One year after the National Park System was established in 1916, the state of Missouri put a funding mechanism in place to preserve designated areas of land and transform them into public spaces. The first piece of property bought was the J. Huston Tavern in Arrow Rock, six years later.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Natural Resources