The Hannibal Bridge in Kansas City Opens: 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.


Western Engineer

The First Missouri River Steamboat Departs St. Louis: June 21, 1819

The first steamboat to sail on the Missouri River departed port in St. Louis on this date bound for what is now Omaha, Nebraska.


Missouri Territory

Missouri Territory is Established: June 4, 1812

Missouri was organized as a U.S. Territory. The name was changed from "Territory of Louisiana" to "Territory of Missouri."


The Great St. Louis Fire Begins: May 17, 1849

A fire that would destroy a significant portion of St. Louis broke out on this date in 1849.


Big Lake State Park, a Place to Relax and Enjoy Nature

Spend a few days at Big lake State Park. There is so much to do from fishing to camping to boating. Big Lake is an oxbow lake and among the largest remaining natural oxbow lakes along the Missouri River. It is one of the largest natural lakes of any type in the State.


Missouri River Relief takes campers back to nature

“Missouri River Adventure Camp,” a new initiative by Missouri River Relief, explores the Missouri River by motorboat and by land.


Missouri River Days hosts fourth graders

Missouri River Relief is hosting Missouri River Days for the first time since 2019. This program provides fourth-graders from Columbia Public Schools with a field trip to the Missouri River, where they will get to experience its muddy waters aboard one of Missouri River Relief’s motorboats.


Missouri River Relief is debuting its new “Missouri River Scientists” traveling trunk education program, partnering with Columbia Public Schools to launch the initiative. Teachers at Columbia Public Schools will have the first opportunity to bring “Missouri River Scientists” into their classrooms as a fun new way to explore the recovery and management of the endangered Pallid Sturgeon.

Missouri River Relief launches school initiative

Missouri River Relief is debuting its new “Missouri River Scientists” traveling trunk education program, partnering with Columbia Public Schools to launch the initiative.

Teachers at Columbia Public Schools will have the first opportunity to bring “Missouri River Scientists” into their classrooms as a fun new way to explore the recovery and management of the endangered Pallid Sturgeon.