Winter Floating

Brrrr, but you’ll see wildlife and have the river to yourself.

November 2, 1977

A small plane flew through the legs of the Gateway Arch for the seventh time. This was the first one to do so at night. 

2019 Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards

You voted. We counted. Now you can discover some best-kept secrets and surprises around the state in eight different categories, such as culture, destinations, food, lore and legend, and more.

November 1, 1819

Colonel Thomas Fiveash Riddick was an influential banker who helped create the St. Louis public schools, was a founder of the Thespian Society and was a delegate to the original Missouri Constitutional Congress. On this date he founded the first Episcopal Church west of the Mississippi.

October 31, 1912

The Post-Dispatch reported that the unclaimed body of a man had been standing in the window of a St. Louis mortuary for 27 years. They were displaying him to demonstrate the skill of their embalming. 

October 28, 1965

The tallest national monument in America, St. Louis’s Gateway Arch was completed on this date. 

October 11, 1910

 Theodore Roosevelt became the first President to fly. He came to Aviation Field in St. Louis for the experience. His pilot was Arch Hoxsey.

STATE-TISTICS: October 2019

Here's the quick scoop on Germans in Missouri, by the numbers. (Years are numbers, too!)

October 9, 1841

Miss Day, a fourteen-year-old girl from St. Louis, became St. Louis's first girl to ascend in a balloon. Mr. S. Hobart took her on a ten-mile trip.

October 8, 1845

The Polyhymnia Society was established in St. Louis and performed its first orchestra concert.