Missouri’s Most Infamous Outlaws

In the mid-to-late 1800s, Missouri was known as the Outlaw State, with considerable justification. Missouri contributed far more than its share of bushwhackers, stock thieves, band and train robbers, and killers. Here’s a roll call of some of the most infamous outlaws.

Marathon race led by Samuel Mellor during 1904 Summer Olympics

The Great Olympic Marathon debacle

On August 30, 1904, the Great Olympic Marathon debacle unfolds at the Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis, Mo.

Let the Olympic Games begin!

St. Louis really had the world’s attention during the summer of 1904 as it hosted not only the World’s Fair but also the Games of the III Olympiad. On August 29, 1904, the Olympics Games officially begin in St. Louis.

New exhibit depicts ‘Trouble and Resilience in the American South’

The complex issues of race and class in small town America are forefront in the exhibit of Otis N. Pruitt photographs on display at the Missouri State Historical Society in Columbia, Mo. Those issues are intimately tied to Missouri’s history,

August 17, 1804

How did Sedalia, Missouri get its name? The founder was George Rappen Smith. So where did "Sedalia" come from?

August 6, 1929

The Lake of the Ozarks owes its existence to the Osage River and the construction of Bagnell Dam, which began on this date in 1929.

July 31, 1981

Forty-one years ago today, the last Corvette rolled off the production line in St. Louis.

July 30, 1993

People were evacuated from south St. Louis on this date in 1993 as authorities feared propane tanks set loose by the Flood of '93 could explode.

July 29, 1929

What animal did milkmaids use to deliver Pevely Dairy products in St. Louis 90 years ago?

July 28, 2015

On this date in Missouri history in 2015, a man in rural Jonesburg killed a fifteen-foot python near his home.