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.


The enduring legacy of Hiram Young

The story is familiar, replicated by scores of people living and working in Missouri in the 1800s. It goes something like this: a person starts from humble beginnings, takes big risks in moving west to pursue new opportunities, starts simple and builds a trade or business, employs many people, offers essential products or services that make life possible, and in the end not only enjoys success but becomes a benefactor for the common good.
Those stories are common. What is rare is a person who was born into slavery and then did all those things, like Hiram Young.