Rediscover Community on the Mother Road

Interstate 44 crosses Missouri from St. Louis to the Oklahoma state line, just west of Joplin, a length of 293 miles. For 235 of those miles, from St. Louis to Halltown, I-44 follows the route of what John Steinbeck called America’s “Mother Road”—the legendary Route 66.


July 12, 1930

Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd dedicated the St. Louis Flying Field as the Lambert- St. Louis Municipal Airport. With him were two St. Louisans, Captain Ashley McKiley and Ensign Thomas Mulrony, who had been with Byrd as he explored the polar regions. 


July 10, 1839

Birthday of A-B Founder, Adolphus Busch.


July 6, 1763

Maxent, Laclede and Company of New Orleans was granted the exclusive rights to trade with American Indians in the Mississippi Valley on this day. Hence, Laclede and his stepson came upriver and established a trading post which they named St. Louis.


July 4, 1863

About ten thousand people gathered for an Independence celebration and to see a balloon ascension in St. Louis. Southern sympathizers in the crowd clashed with Union Soldiers and several people were shot, two died.


July 1, 1904

The Olympic Games began in St. Louis.    


June 30, 1870

The famous steamboat race between the Natchez and the Robert E. Lee began in New Orleans on this date, at 5 PM. It was a 1200 mile upstream race to St. Louis, and the record of 3 days, 18 hours, and about 20 minutes still stands for commercial boats.


June 24, 1770

The first Catholic church was dedicated in St. Louis. It was a log structure that stood where the Old Cathedral stands today.