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"When We First Come Here It All Looked Like Prairie Land Almost": Prairie Fire and Plains Settlement
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...
A New Lewis and Clark Map
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...
African Americans in Mid-Missouri: From Pioneers to Ragtimers
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...
Biography of Jim Bridger (1804-1881), Frontiersman
Bookin' West: Tall Tales and "Books of Every Sort and Size From Fanny Hill to The Bible" on The Journey West
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...
Feminist Frontiers: Women Who Shaped the Midwest
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,...
John R. Kerr: An Old Plainsmen
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...
Julius Froebel's Western Travels, Part I
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...
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...
Oregon California Trail Places of Origin
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,...
Ozark Frontier Trail
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...
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...
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...
Special French Heritage Issue
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:...
The Faults of Memory, J. L. Sanderson, His Family, And The Santa Fe Trail
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...
The Spirit of Pioneer Women
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...
Tracing the Santa Fe Trail
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...
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