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.  


May 7, 1839

Joseph Robidoux paid $8 for a license to run a ferry across the river at what is now St. Joseph.


February 22, 1860

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


August 30, 1856

The Steamboat Arabia left St. Louis. It sank at Westport Landing six days later.


August 16, 1958

Named for the founder of St. Charles, the Blanchette Bridge was dedicated on this date. It carries I-70 traffic across the Missouri.


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.


Ride the Rails On Our Whistle Stop Tour!

Join us on an exclusive tour from St. Louis to Jefferson City to Hermann via the Missouri River Runner!


Paddle MO Offers 100 Miles of River History

You can traverse that history on Paddle MO, a five-day canoe and kayak journey on the Missouri River from Hermann to the confluence with the Mississippi River north of St. Louis.


#DiscoveryGram With Matt Faupel

Missouri nature photographer Matt Faupel shares photographs from his tour through rugged hills and river prairies in the conservation areas of Northwestern Missouri.


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.