May 13, 1946

Who knew? Bell Systems announces that car phones will make their nationwide debut in St. Louis.


May 11, 2011

On this date in Missouri history, the U.S. Census Bureau moved the “Population Center of the United States” is to Plato, Missouri.


Protected: The Missouri State Penitentiary’s oldest building is open again

Overlooking the Missouri River in Jefferson City sits a looming landmark: the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP). Decommissioned in 2004, the penitentiary operated for 168 years, cementing Jefferson City as the state capital in addition to creating its own dark yet intriguing history. 


A Closer Look

Her face practically fills the frame. You can see every freckle—and the determination in her eyes. She’s Abby, a twenty-two-year-old with Down syndrome who wishes servers wouldn’t offer her a kid’s menu. She’s a homecoming queen working at her old high school and dreaming of going to college and getting married.


Dresses For Success

For dozens of young women in the Sikeston area, the prom experience begins in Leilani Smith’s garage.


May 9, 1840

Mastodon bones are discovered in Missouri. Although the exact date of discovery is unknown, it was around this day that a farmer near current-day Imperial found large fossils that he wanted inspected.


May 6, 2016

On this date in Missouri history, Kansas City unveils its new streetcar system.


The Gentle German Artist

Should you be so lucky as to meet Neil Heimsoth at his studio in Cole Camp or at one of the events hosted there, especially one showcasing the town’s German heritage, you may notice he is always smiling and telling a joke.


Big BAM Announces 2022 Ride Route

Missouri Life Magazine’s Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) will ride across Route 66 in June. The upcoming annual six-day recreational ride across our state will be hosted by the following towns: Joplin, Willard, Lebanon, Waynesville, Rolla, Cuba, and Eureka.  


Big BAM preps for upcoming Route 66 ride

The 2022 edition of Missouri Life magazine’s Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) will take place along Route 66 from June 12-18,starting in Joplin and ending in Eureka. More than 100 cyclists have already registered for the adventure.