October 9, 1841

Miss Day, a fourteen-year-old girl from St. Louis, became St. Louis’s first girl to ascend in a balloon. Mr. S. Hobart took her on a ten-mile trip.

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.