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It's a Solid Place. ..: Westphalia
Article about the town of Westphalia, Missouri, a predominantly German community at the confluence of the Maries and Osage Rivers in Callaway County, Missouri. Photos and description of the town's culture...
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.
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,...
It's Just One Big Sewer
August 20, 2011
Article describes the water pollution problem around the Kaw Point area of the Kansas River. A reported 2.5 billion gallons of raw sewage empties out near the Kaw Point Park each year due to Kansas City's...
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.
A Forgotten River
February 27, 2008
Article discusses the decline of recreational activity on the Missouri River and profiles riverboat pilot Rick Lynn, whose father first opened a waterfront marina in 1957. the Lynn family also launched...
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....
Names of Kansas Rivers Reflect Some of the History Made on Their Banks
Article discussing the origins of the names of rivers in Kansas, including the Missouri River, from the word "Missouri," meaning "'town of large canoes' or 'wooden canoe people,'" taken from the Missouri...
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...
Cher Oncle, Cher Papa: The Letters of Francois and Berenice Chouteau
Article entitled "Confluence of People and Place: The Chouteau Posts on the Missouri and Kansas Rivers" written by David Boutros. Investigates the location of the Chouteau trading posts in the 1822-26...
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....
KC Spends $1.7M to Open Missouri River Wharf, Terminal
June 15-21, 2012
Article on a project by the Kansas City Port Authority to renovate and reopen a terminal off Woodswether Road in the West Bottoms for barge traffic on the Missouri River. The port closed in 2007 due to...
Troubled Times for the Big Muddy
January 21, 2014
Article on the continuously dropping river bed and water levels of the Missouri River. The system of dikes and reservoirs "that helped keep the Missouri River channel locked in place," and the effects...
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...
Report Looks at Causes, Effects of Kansas River's Long Decline
June 2, 2005
Article reviews the Kansas Water Office report that is the first comprehensive look at how the river has deteriorated over the years. ''The Kansas River, also known as the Kaw, winds 170 miles from near...
Article spotlights 30 "visionaries" of Kansas City, the men and women who "pioneered the region, pushed our borders in new directions, set the stage from the growth of companies...and helped give this...
Freedom Documents from Cole County, Missouri
Article with excerpts from and descriptions of freedom documents of former slaves in Cole County, Missouri, with a brief history of slavery across the state back to 1719 (their arrival as lead mine workers)....
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...
George C. Sibley's Plea for the "Garden of Missouri" in 1824
Biographical article about George Sibley (1782-1863), chief factor of Fort Osage, Missouri from 1808 to 1822 and son of Dr. John Sibley (1757-1837), a Saint Louis physician and Indian agent "for Orleans...
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,...
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