Mark Twain National Forest can trace its heritage back to this date, though it officially earned its moniker in 1976, according to a US Forest Service history. At one time back in the ‘30s, the forest had two titles, the other being Clark National Forest. It’s the only national forest in Missouri and also reaches into Arkansas.

Photo credit: Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. The trees grow tall in the Mark Twain National Forest, near Bunker, a small town in rural southeast Missouri. -03-04. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,