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Albert R Greene
Arthur J Eadie
Arthur P Davis
A Walk Under The River
Author describes his experience visiting the tunnel under the Missouri River being constructed by Missouri American Water. "The tunnel is the main vein of the Jefferson City Tunnel Project, an $11 million...
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,...
Commercial Value of the Blue River
Suggestions for making the Blue River more of a commercial and entertainment attraction while keeping it clean.
Engineering--Sanitary Engineering in Kansas City
Detailed description about improvements on the sewer works in the city with locations of new drainage systems and potential health hazards and costs.
From the Pike to the Spike
Article about the history of river front development in Saint Louis along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, starting with the "Pike" steamship in 1817 and the "spike" in railroads, made possible with...
A profile of the proposed Riverfront Heritage Trail which will connect greenway systems throughout Kansas City. "The simple goal is to develop a first-of-its-kind bistate trail system called the Riverfront...
Idyll in the Ozarks
Article about the fishing, boating, and other water recreation in rivers in the Missouri Ozarks, mostly soon to be flooded by dams by the unpopular Army Corps of Engineers, with map and photos.
On the Loose: Shaking the Big Blue Blues
Humorous history of the Big Blue River since prehistoric times of the Osage and Kansas Indians (none after 1300 A. D.), through the Industrial Age and the pollution brought by it, observed as early as...
Over Around and Through: The Blue River and its Crossings
Article discusses the history and importance of the Blue River which often goes unnoticed. It includes references to floods, bridges and the difficulty of crossing the river in the early years of settlement....
Perilous Journeys: Missouri Steamboats Weren't Built for the Long Haul
Article reviews the difficulties and tradgedies of steamboat travel on the Missouri River. The explosion of the Saluda was the worst steamboat accident on the Missouri River. Less than two months following...
Article about the progress in exploration and settlement along the Missouri River, with tables of distances and river tributaries along its length "taken from Lewis and Clark's Travels," etc.
River Revival: Float Through Life. Paddle Through History. Explore the Missouri River Trail.
Extensive article about the Missouri River promoting its use as a "river trail" with canoe or kayak. Although the river was dangerous in the early days of settlement (nearly 300 vessles met with disaster...
Steamboating in Kansas
History of steamboating on nearly all of the navigable and semi-navigable rivers in Kansas, starting in 1819, mainly along the Missouri and Kansas Rivers. Photos, illustrations, and descriptions of the...
The Falls of the Missouri
Article about the waterfalls on the Missouri River, with large photos and history of the river, mostly in the Rocky Mountains, with references to the journal of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
The Kansas River
Article about the Kansas River, "one of the best examples of a western stream whose drainage lies entirely in a plains region, with no mountain tributaries," with general physical and geographical facts...
The Kansas River--Its Navigation
History of the navigation by boat on the Kansas River, starting with "[p]irogues and keel-boats of trappers and traders" in 1804 and with steamboats, listed in chronological order, in 1854 and continuing...
The Missouri River: Its Habits and Eccentricities Described by a Personal Friend
General article about the Missouri River and its shifting channel, changing boundaries in Kansas City and other areas, and presenting other opportunities and problems for navigation, irrigation, etc.
The Missouria Indian Nation
In 1682 the two dominant tribes in Missouri were the Missouria and Osage. This article looks at the Missouria, who "ceased being an independent nation prior to 1795," and about whom little has been written....
The Rediscovery of the Missouri
Article about the reinvigoration of traffic on the Missouri River, sparked in part by the recent journey of President Theodore Roosevelt on the Mississippi River. Photos and description of steamboats and...
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