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Floyd C Shoemaker
Brenda D Francis
W Raywood Wood
A History of the Missouri River
March 20, 1905
Lengthy article on the history of the Missouri River since its first encounter with European explorers, starting with Coronado in 1540-1542 and observations by Marquette and Joliet in 1673. Description...
America's Great Waterways: Bound for the Wild Missouri
Illustrations, map, photos, and article about the role of the Missouri River in the history of the settlement of the West, with descriptions of related cities (including Kansas City), towns, steamboats,...
An Early Account of the Missouri River
Copy of letters, with editorial commentary, about some of the earliest known explorations of the Missouri River by Auguste Chouteau perhaps as early as 1780 past Kansas City, etc.
Before Lewis and Clark: Documents Illustrating the History of the Missouri, 1785-1804
Excerpts from letters of French, English, and Spanish emissaries, with edited commentary, concerning the exploration of the Missouri River area before the Lewis and Clark expedition, starting with 1785....
Blazing the Mullan Road
September 1, 2006
Article describes historical and contemporary travel along the road from Walla Walla, Washington, to Fort Benton, Missouri. Fort Benton, constructed in 1849, was once an important fur trading post, and...
Brief description of the departure for Council Bluffs, Iowa on the upper Missouri River in 1819 by Colonel Atkinson and Colonel Henry Leavenworth from Saint Louis.
Title continues, "David Thompson, Thomas Jefferson and the Corps of Discovery traveled similar paths throughout their careers."
In 1797-1798, David Thompson, a fur trader and cartographer for the...
Description of the "'Yellow Stone expedition'" in 1819 up the Missouri River via the "Western Engineer" steamboat prepared for launching and to be led by Major Stephen Long.
Free Missouri, Part I
First of a two-part series of articles about Missouri history, with the first concentrating on the early exploration and settlement of Missouri Territory by Europeans and dealings with Indians through...
Gass's Journal of the Travels of a Corps of Discovery, from the Mouth of the Missouri through the Interior Parts of North America
Book review of "A Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discovery" by Patrick Gass, "one of the Persons employed in the Expedition." Description of their voyage from Saint Louis along the Missouri...
Historical Notes--Early Notices of the Missouri River and Indians
Descriptoin of Henri de Tonti (or Henri de Tonty), an Italian explorer accompanying Robert LaSalle "from France in 1678," staying at Fort Saint Louis after reports of LaSalle's death in 1688, and engaging...
James MacKay: International Explorer
The authors of this article state that the discovery of manuscript collections in both the New York Historical Society and the Illinois State Depository help to give evidence of MacKay's role in the country's...
Journal of a Voyage Up the River Missouri; Performed in 1811
Book review of "Journal of a Voyage Up the River Missouri; Performed in 1811" by Henry Marie Brackenridge, or Henry Brackenridge (a lawyer turned writer) about the book author's trip up the Missouri River...
Lewis and Clark in Missouri Part 1: The Missouri River Then and Now
February 1, 2003
This article begins a series of seven to be compiled in a book about the Lewis and Clark expedition. This first one addresses the Missouri River, as it was during the expedition and as it is today, including...
Prior Knowledge of Kaw Point Area by Lewis and Clark
Article discusses Lewis' knowledge, prior to the expedition, of the Missouri River at the mouth of the Kansas River and above. Lewis had learned much from the explorations of John Evans, a Welsh explorer...
Steamboat Captain Wrote of Hardship and Adventure on the Missouri in 1819
October 22, 1953
Portrait and biographical article about William Hubbell, leading pilot (on the Johnson Steamboat) of a steamboat expedition up the Missouri River from Saint Louis in 1819, destined for the Yellowstone...
Steamboat to the Rockies
Photos, illustrations, and article about the history of steamboats traveling up the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains starting with the 1819 attempt by Major Stephen Long on the Western Engineer steamboat....
The Early Cartography of the Missouri Valley
Early maps and early history of the exploration and cartography of the Missouri River Valley, including the Kansas City area, from the late 1600s to the early 1800s by French (Marquette and Joliet, Etienne...
The Greatest of River Routes
Book review of "History of Early Steamboat Navigation on the Missouri River" by Hiram Martin Chittenden. The book is about Missouri River history, especially its navigation by explorers and Indians since...
The Kaw: The Heart of a Nation
April 24, 1905
The word 'Kansa,' or 'Kansas,' has passed through modifications but has changed little in sound. The Siouans and the Kansa tribe generally pronounced it kansa or ka-sa. The early traders changed the Indian...
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