November 12, 1852

The first railroad locomotive to operate west of the Mississippi (named the Pacific) made its very first run on this day. It went four miles west from St. Louis to the Manchester Road. 

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.

April 21, 1870

The first train from St. Louis reached Springfield. This took sixteen years of construction because of the interruptions due to the Civil War.