By Authorene Wilson Phillips
Arrow Rock, so named simply because local americans as soon as went there to form their arrowheads from the flint stumbled on alongside the Missouri River, is a small ancient village. this present day fewer than 100 humans name Arrow Rock domestic, yet its scenic situation and wealthy heritage proceed to draw millions of holiday makers each year. In June 1804, the Corps of Discovery handed “the tremendous arrow rock,” as William Clark famous in his magazine, “a good-looking spot for a city . . . the location is classy, commanding and fit, the land approximately it superb, well-timbered and watered.” Settlers quickly arrived, a few bringing slaves who built the massive farms; the village that used to be demonstrated grew slowly yet observed earnings from exchange at the river. The beginnings of alternate within the some distance west, the gold rush, and the Civil battle all had profound results at the settlers. in the meantime, quarter citizens have been having an influence at the global. George Caleb Bingham, who turned often called the “Missouri artist,” participated within the founding of the city and outfitted a house there, and Dr. John Sappington, an early resident of Arrow Rock, kept hundreds of thousands of lives via perfecting a therapy for malaria. additionally calling Arrow Rock domestic have been quite a few influential politicians, together with 3 governors, M. M. Marmaduke, Claiborne Fox Jackson, and John Sappington Marmaduke. existence replaced after the Civil struggle, and Arrow Rock replaced, too. As railroads and significant highways bypassed town, many of us moved away and less got here via. Arrow Rock offers perception into the development of historical past and its results on one small Missouri city. the tale of this village, now a historical web site, brings to lifestyles the historical past of the USA: early days of cost, an period of prosperity and tool for a few and tremendous trouble for others, wars, a decline, and a rebirth. additionally, the lengthy roll name of these who visited the world offers a historical past of the hole of the West. This e-book will turn out precious to these drawn to Missouri historical past; the constructing country; and the geographical, political, and leisure forces that have been at paintings as such a lot of came–and went. Like a trip to Arrow Rock itself, this booklet permits readers to step again into heritage and delight in a time while the river was once the road.
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The Trading House is not for nothing. We have given our sons for it and I tell you plainly that I think the President has done very wrong to remove it at all. I have seen him and his Country and millions of his people and am very certain that he is able to protect a Trading House wherever he is bound by Contact to keep one. I do not like this place at all. Also attending the meeting at the post was trapper Ezekiel Williams, who had been captured by the Kansas Indians in June 1813, while on his way down the Arkansas River from the Rocky Mountains.
Courtesy William D. Lay) From Tennessee, where folks pronounced Arrow as “Airy,” came Henry Nave and his wife, a sister to Daniel Thornton, who had arrived the year before and settled in what was known as Cox’s Bottom. The Naves traveled in a wagon, but because the road was so poorly marked, they lost their way and nearly ran out of food, finally arriving at Cooper’s Fort early in December. A few days later Mrs. Nave had a baby. On Christmas Day Mr. Nave crossed the river to presentday Saline County.
Louis. Williams, later to be known throughout the west as “Old Bill,” was not to become the best of the mountain men, according to one historian, but he was one of the most interesting. His exploits were legendary. The Williams family had come to the St. Louis area before the Louisiana Purchase, and Bill had grown up near St. Charles during the Spanish Colonial period. He first became a preacher, then took up hunting and scouting, and by 1813 was living with the Osage. The Osage would soon be leaving their traditional villages, and men like Bill Williams would explore and open the West.