Portraits of Lewis and Clark

November 23, 1803

Lewis and Clark were still making their way toward St. Louis when they arrived at Cape Girardeau. Lewis was the dinner guest of Louis Lorimier. Clark was not welcome. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland. Lewis noted that there was also a group of "duch" (German) settlers who had already erected mills and a group of about 400 Shawnee.


A Warrensburg Gem

Step backward in time at the McClure Archives and University Museum in Warrensburg.


Monument marking the Santa Fe Trail at Franklin, Missouri.

Missouri Stories from the Santa Fe Trail

A seventh cousin of Kit Carson tells stories of the people on the Santa Fe Trail, which started in our state.


The USS Missouri

Discover the history on the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surrender aboard the ship.


Santa Fe Trail: Author Journey

In 1821, Missouri attained statehood, and Mexico won its independence from Spain. Once restrictive Spanish control came to an end, the Mexican markets opened wide to the Americans. Those two colossal events set the stage for a dramatic unfolding era.


St. Charles Missouri

August 31, 1793

This is the day that "Le Chasseur," the hunter, Louis Blanchette died. He had earlier established a trading post that he called Les Petite Cotes, or Village of Little Hills. Under the Spanish, the name was changed to San Carlos but the Americans call it St. Charles.


June 20, 1952

 Birthday of actor, John Goodman, who is from Affton, Missouri. His mother was a waitress at the famous Phil's Bar-B-Q in Affton.


Person riding a horse in the sunset with old western garb

The Fastest Rider in the West

Neither rain nor snow nor Comanche war parties could stop Francois Aubry, the Missouri speed demon, from delivering the mail in record time. His exploits were the stuff of legend, and the inspiration for the Pony Express.


Osceola on fire man on horse with a gun

The 1861 Jayhawker Raid in Osceola

A jayhawker raid in 1861 lays waste to the town of Osceola.