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Missouri: A Bicentennial History

Missouri: A Bicentennial History

by Paul C. Nagel

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Missourians could hardly have made a more appropriate decision than to name their capital city after Thomas Jefferson. A meeting-place of major rivers, Missouri became a gateway to the promised land--the beckoning West opened up to Americans by Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase.
In the era of overland traders and steamboat pilots, of Thomas Hart Benton and Mark Twain,

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