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Theodore S Case
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Who Was Simon Few? Research Request Reveals Archives 'Treasure'
Biographical article about Simon Few (1810-1882), a "former Independence resident" and steamboat explorer of Siberia in 1870s Russia, originally from Pennsylvania. Photo and description of his career,...
What Wright Wrought in Kansas City
Photos and biographical article about Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), or Frank Wright, a famous American architect designing three Kansas City area buildings starting at the age of 70, including the Clarence...
Visions of Metropolis: William Gilpin and Theories of City Growth in the American West
Extensive historical study of William Gilpin's (1813-1894) theories of city growth with "a consistent thread of geographical determinism formally derived from the German geographer Alexander von Humboldt...
Ultimate 100 Missouri Must-Do's
February 1, 2006
A list of 100 destinations in Missouri that ''every Missourian should see.'' Included are ''Missouri icons, sites with world-wide reputations, destinations related to famous Missourians, fascinating historical...
Travel through Missouri
Photos and article about tourist sites in Missouri, especially along "U. S. Highways 40 and 50" between Kansas City and Saint Louis. Description of sites in Kansas City and other places in the state including...
The Territory of Kansas
Article describing Kansas Territory in 1855, including its location and topography, rivers and climate, minerals, flora and fauna, forts and stations, and population and government.
The Shape of Things
Brief article about the proposed engineering project on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers as "a fully integrated plan which takes into account flood control, navigation, power development, irrigation,...
The Reverend Isaac McCoy
Description of "the first printing press west of the Missouri River" printing in 1832 "a newspaper called the Shawanoe Sun [sic], edited by Dr. Johnston Lykins and printed by Jotham Meeker."
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...
The Private Journal of Robert Campbell
This journal of St. Louis fur trader Robert Campbell covers the period from September 21 through December 31, 1833, when Campbell was at Fort William on the Upper Missouri which was located just below...
The Politics of Pollution
Article discussing the pollution of the Missouri River and needs for federal regulation of water pollution in general, but especially of the severe pollution created at Saint Joseph, Missouri, and the...
The Plains, as I Crossed Them Ten Years Ago
Article about the Great Plains by famous 19th century promoter of the west Horace Greeley ("Go west, young man") with description of the topography of the country roughly between Saint Louis and the Rocky...
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 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 Mississippi River: St. Louis' Friend or Foe?
Article examining the positive influences of the Mississippi River on the economic development of Saint Louis, Missouri, especially regarding the shift in transportation dominance from rivers to railroads....
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 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 Great Flood of 1844 along the Kansas and Marais des Cygnes Rivers
Article about the flood of 1844 along the Kansas River and the Marais des Cygnes River in Kansas, with comparisons of its magnitude to later disastrous floods of the area.
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 Court-Martial of Brevet Major General George A. Custer: Conducted at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, September and October, 1867
Article about the 1867 court-martial of military officer George Armstrong Custer, held that year in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, concerning his "unsuccessful Hancock-Custer Campaign of 1867 against the hostile...
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