Missouri State Capitol was Destroyed Again

On February 5, 1911, the second Missouri State Capitol was destroyed by fire. A bolt of lightning hit the dome of the Missouri State Capitol, sparking a fire that tore through the building. Firefighters across mid-Missouri rushed to Jefferson City to try and save the building.


Capital Named Nation’s Most Beautiful Small Town

On January 29, 2014, Rand-McNally named Jefferson City, Missouri, the nation’s most beautiful small town.  


Missouri State Library Established

On January 22, 1829, the Missouri State Library was established in Jefferson City.  


Adeste Fideles to the Missouri State Capital this Holiday Season!

It’s the season of festive cheer, sparkling lights, gift giving and holiday parties. It’s time to gather your favorite people around to experience all the coziest moments of the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday season has arrived and here in JCMO, we are ready to celebrate.


Jefferson City Missouri River Cleanup 2022

Missouri River Relief will host a Missouri River Cleanup in Jefferson City on Saturday, October 15!  Join hundreds of like-minded individuals working to make a positive difference on the river, and in their community.


Jefferson City: Festivals, paddling and pumpkins!

Fall has finally arrived, and it’s time to plan your next adventure. Whether you’re in the mood for a historical festival, a paddle down the Missouri River, or finding a colossal pumpkin, JCMO has the perfect day in store.


Visit Jefferson City to Salute America—and break out of prison!

Summer is upon us, and it’s time to start planning adventures. Whether you’re in the mood for an outdoor concert, a weekend chock full of festivities to celebrate America, or a test of your athleticism, Jefferson City has the perfect event to round out your summer experience.


Traffic sign for U.S. Highway 50 in Missouri. Adobe Stock photo

January 25, 1835

This date in Missouri history. Planning work began on a road to connect Manchester with Jefferson City by way of Union and Mount Sterling. This road became well-traveled by horseback and stagecoach travelers. Today we call it Highway 50.


Illustration of raft and canoes on the Missouri River, circa 1800s.

January 21, 1826

This date in Missouri history: This was the last day to meet in the first capital building in St. Charles. All records were taken to Jefferson City by canoe.


Stephen Johnson aka Santa Claus with two small children on his lap.

We interviewed Santa Claus

Is the beard real? What makes a good Santa? Is there training? How do you eat all those cookies on Christmas Eve? You’ve got questions, and we got the answers when we interviewed Santa Claus.