Empty jail cell, black and white.

October 27, 1911

Republican Governor Herbert Spencer Hadley proposed that prisoners in county jails be permitted to work on the new cross-state highways in exchange for shortened jail sentences. Hadley served one term was Missouri's 32nd governor (1909 to 1913).

Meet Missouri’s First Governors

It all began  with the bargain of the century. A savvy deal negotiated between France and the United States more than two hundred years ago would set the stage for the first major challenge of this young nation in the New World.