Author Archives: RiverHistory

Twain’s Hannibal

Such a charming delight prowling through Mark Twain's boyhood home of Hannibal, Missouri.

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Early Thomas Jefferson statue

Here at the Missouri History Museum (originally the Jefferson Memorial Building) is the 1913 statue that predates the Washington DC Jefferson Memorial by 30 years.Learn more here:https://forestparkmap.org/thomas-jefferson-statue-at-the-missouri-history-museum

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Historic St. Louis Courthouse

This incredible and historic 1828 building (site of Dred Scott case) was expanded and the lovely dome completed in 1861, designed after the Vatican in Rome. Some of the arch museum exhibits are here while the arch museum is renovated. … Continue reading

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Ahh St Louis

Heading over to tour the exhibits at the old courthouse in lovely St. Louis.

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Podcast about Henry Bosse

This episode highlights the career of artist and engineer Henry Bosse who captured on glass plate negatives a dramatic transformation of the Mississippi river.  

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Lewis and Clark return anniversary

It was cool to me to be docked at the St Louis waterfront today where Lewis and Clark returned on this date in 1806 after traveling across the continent for 2 years, 4 months, and 10 days. Their story is … Continue reading

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Departing St Louis

There is little more amazing than cruising the Mississippi beneath St Louis' Gateway Arch!

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Podcast about Orrin Ingram

In this episode we highlight the founder of the family business that has grown to be a leader in river shipping: Orrin Ingram and the Ingram Family.

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Podcast about engineer Charles Ellet Jr.

Today we highlight an 1800s engineer, bridge builder, and the visionary of today’s modern flood control system – Charles Ellet, Jr.

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Podcast about explorer Alexander Mackenzie 

In this episode we highlight the first Euro-American to cross North America: Alexander Mackenzie. Enjoy and share with your friends and family!

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