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Lewis and Clark Expedi...
Theodore S Case
Nettie Thompson Grove
Albert R Greene
Kansas: 'As Long as . . .'
September 17, 1956
Short article about how the Wyandotte Indians of Oklahoma (part of the Huron tribe) reclaimed the two-acre tract of land in Kansas City, Kansas, used as a burial ground. The Huron Cemetery land was ceded...
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...
Missouri Territory and the War of 1812
Article describes hostilities between settlers and Indian tribes in Missouri Territory during the War of 1812. While the territory was formed two weeks before the United States declared war on England,...
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...
One Hundred Years on the Missouri River
Article about the history of steamboats on the Missouri and Osage Rivers, especially the early ones visiting Saint Louis and Kansas City, including the following: "Western Engineer" (page 21), "Zebulon...
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...
Rivers in a Rage
Illustrations and article about the broadcast of WHB news reporter John Thornberry, surveying the effects of the 1951 flood in Kansas City by airplane.
Sidelights: Ire in Tuttle Creek
Article about the irreplaceable soil damage caused by floods of agricultural lands by Missouri River tributaries such as the Big Blue and Tuttle Rivers in northeast Kansas. Description of the federal flood...
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 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...
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 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 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 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 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....
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