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1. "When We First Come Here It All Looked Like Prairie Land Almost": Prairie Fire and Plains Settlement "When We First Come Here It All Looked Like Prairie Land Almost": Prairie Fire and Plains Settlement Summer 2007 The abstract to this article reads: "For centuries prairie fire was a formative environmental force on the Great Plains. In the nineteenth-century, however, Euro-Americans brought to the region dramatically...

2. A New Lewis and Clark Map A New Lewis and Clark Map 1961 Map drawn by Lewis and Clark depicts Missouri prior to its statehood, as well as surrounding frontier area, including territory now encompassed by Arkansas, Kansas, and other western states. Map shows...

3. African Americans in Mid-Missouri: From Pioneers to Ragtimers African Americans in Mid-Missouri: From Pioneers to Ragtimers 2010 This book describes some of the accomplishments and contributions African-Americans have made to Mid-Missouri. Included in the text are chapters on rag-time greats Scott Joplin and Blind Boone, focusing...

4. Biography of Jim Bridger (1804-1881), Frontiersman Biography of Jim Bridger (1804-1881), Frontiersman 2003

5. Bookin' West: Tall Tales and "Books of Every Sort and Size From Fanny Hill to The Bible" on The Journey Bookin' West: Tall Tales and "Books of Every Sort and Size From Fanny Hill to The Bible" on The Journey West Fall 2007 This bibliographic essay examines the books widely read in the nineteenth century that had an influence on pioneers. It includes extracts from various journals and letters of pioneers that mention the...

6. Feminist Frontiers: Women Who Shaped the Midwest Feminist Frontiers: Women Who Shaped the Midwest 2010 This book includes biographical essays of "women political and social reformers in the nineteenth- and twentieth- century Midwest." Women included are Frances Dana Gage, Mary Sibley, Amanda Berry Smith,...

7. John R. Kerr: An Old Plainsmen John R. Kerr: An Old Plainsmen August 2007 Biographical article about John Roland Kerr (1834-1929), a Santa Fe Trail guide and member of the Old Plainsmen Association. Kerr settled in Independence, Missouri, in 1856 and served under General Sterling...

8. Julius Froebel's Western Travels, Part I Julius Froebel's Western Travels, Part I May 2008 Personal account of Julius Froebel's journey from New York to Missouri in 1852, including a stopover in Independence, Missouri. Froebel (1805-1893), a German scientist and politician, fled to America in...

9. Liberty (Mo.) Tribune Papers Finding Aid Liberty (Mo.) Tribune Papers Finding Aid 1800-1880s, bulk 1830s-1860s This collection contains items crica 1832–1880s submitted to the Liberty (Mo.) Tribune for publication in the newspaper. They cover a variety of topics. Of particular interest are letters written from...

10. Oregon California Trail Places of Origin Oregon California Trail Places of Origin 1979 Chapter mentions the various "jumping off" spots for trail emigrants, especially the Oregon/California Trail. It includes areas as Independence, Westport, Westport Landing, Saint Joseph, Council Bluffs,...

11. Ozark Frontier Trail Ozark Frontier Trail

12. Petticoat Pioneers Petticoat Pioneers 1998 This film celebrates the accomplishments of women who braved the challenges of westward expansion... women who persevered in spite of hardship and danger and whose gift to the next generation was the chance...

13. Pioneer Blood Pioneer Blood Photocopied typewritten account of the life of Drusilla Branham who married Francis R. Long, mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, in 1869-70, and their daughter Mary. The manuscript was written by R. S. Quinn...

14. Pioneer Profile Pioneer Profile Spring 1977 Biography of Lewis Lindsay Dyche, a professor and early settler of Kansas. The author states that Dyche graduated from the University of Kansas in 1877 and became a professor of zoology. His explorations...

15. Searching for (Young) Old Jim Searching for (Young) Old Jim Winter 1990 Article that focuses upon the early life of Jim Bridger. A brief outline of Bridger's early life is provided. His childhood and upbringing in Virginia and Illinois is the focus of the article. The author...

16. Special French Heritage Issue Special French Heritage Issue 2010 The whole issue is devoted to various topics relating to the French founding fathers of the areas in the Louisiana Purchase, including the Chouteaus in St. Louis and Kansas City. Articles include the following:...

17. The Faults of Memory, J. L. Sanderson, His Family, And The Santa Fe Trail The Faults of Memory, J. L. Sanderson, His Family, And The Santa Fe Trail August 2008 Article describes the life and times of Jared L. Sanderson who is known to history as one of the legendary stagecoachmen on the Sante Fe Trail. The author describes Sanderson's early family history, his...

18. The Missouri River Fur Trade in 1860 The Missouri River Fur Trade in 1860 Summer 1995 Brief article focuses upon the activities of Henry A. Boller and his interaction with Native Americans and western fur traders along the Missouri River in 1860. A short biography of Boller is provided....

19. The Spirit of Pioneer Women The Spirit of Pioneer Women 1993 Depicts the daily lives of North American pioneer women through diary and journal excerpts, historical photos, and music of the era. Though confronted by hardships, loneliness, and poverty, pioneer women...

20. Tracing the Santa Fe Trail Tracing the Santa Fe Trail 2011 This book on the Santa Fe Trail provides full-color images and "historical commentary to create a photographic journey that adroitly blends past and present." The chapters include Missouri Landings and...