A blufftop view of the Missouri River.

December 16, 1875

This date in Missouri history: The steamboat Alice Gray exploded her boiler and sank at Rocheport.


Beaver working on its dam

Shining Times: Missouri’s Fur Trade Story

Fur played a vital role in the early Anglo settlements. It was animal pelts, not tobacco, that the early Virginia colonists first exported. The North American fur trade had a tremendous impact on exploration, colonization, and international politics.


Climber is sending on rock over Missouri waters

Missouri’s Most Extreme Adventures

Experienced adventurers show us around five of the state’s most extreme outdoor experiences.


Getting MO Peace

It’s been a wild eighteen months. Many shifted work and home lives around during the pandemic in an effort to keep others safe. Now as more people are vaccinated, and as case numbers decline and establishments continue to open up, we should all feel relieved, right? Not exactly, says Dr. Arpit Aggarwal of MU Health Care.


July 3, 1869

The Burlington Bridge at Kansas City, also called the Hannibal Bridge, was completed. It was the first bridge ever built across the Missouri River.


May 29, 1871

The notorious St. Charles Bridge opened across the Missouri River. It was the scene of several collapses, train wrecks, and riverboat sinkings.  


Picking Up a River

Missouri River Relief helps keep the waterway clean.


February 22, 1860

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


St. Charles Railroad Bridge Collapse Missouri River

December 8, 1881

A railroad bridge across the Missouri at St. Charles collapsed for the third time! Thirty one freight cars plunged into the river. It was also proving to be a hazard for steamboats.