February 22, 1860

The steamboat, E. A. Ogden sank in Murray's Bend above Jefferson City.

Missouri State Capitol Interior Rotunda

December 31, 1821

Governor McNair signed a bill that designated the site for the City of Jefferson, which was to become the capital city for Missouri.

Jefferson City Missouri Capitol Building

November 7, 1922

Mellcene Thurman Smith and Sarah Lucille Turner became the first women elected to the State Legislature.

Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards

The 2020 reader’s choice awards are here.

Plan Your Getaway in Jefferson City

Take a ghost tour of the historic prison, explore a vibrant downtown, and visit the Missouri Museum at our storied Capitol.

Missouri State Capitol Jefferson City

March 24, 1911

Legislation was signed and bond issues awarded on this day for the building of our present Capitol Building.

From our Archive: The Missouri Murals

Explore Thomas Hart Benton's Missouri Murals.

Old Missouri State Penitentiary

January 16, 1833

Money was appropriated for the new state penitentiary in Jefferson City.

MR340 Canoe Race

Dodging Barges, Hallucinating, and Lost on the Big Muddy: Inside the MR340

Hundreds of paddlers from around the world will undertake the MR340 next year, a grueling 340-mile race on the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles. Get a taste for the adventure from these veteran competitors, and pick a point along the river to watch.

Aerial view of Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City Missouri

November 15, 1837

Missouri's new capitol building in Jefferson City caught fire. The fire was not extinguished for two days. It may have been caused by a cigar smoker in the building's library. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.