Arrow Rock: The Story Of A Missouri Village (Missouri by Authorene Wilson Phillips

By Authorene Wilson Phillips

 Arrow Rock, so named simply because local americans as soon as went there to form their arrowheads from the flint discovered alongside the Missouri River, is a small ancient village.            this day fewer than 100 humans name Arrow Rock domestic, yet its scenic place and wealthy heritage proceed to draw millions of holiday makers each year.            In June 1804, the Corps of Discovery handed “the enormous arrow rock,” as William Clark famous in his magazine, “a good-looking spot for a city . . . the location is sublime, commanding and fit, the land approximately it tremendous, well-timbered and watered.” Settlers quickly arrived, a few bringing slaves who constructed the massive farms; the village that was once verified grew slowly yet observed earnings from exchange at the river. The beginnings of exchange within the a ways west, the gold rush, and the Civil struggle all had profound results at the settlers.            in the meantime, region citizens have been having an impact at the international. George Caleb Bingham, who turned referred to as the “Missouri artist,” participated within the founding of the city and equipped a house there, and Dr. John Sappington, an early resident of Arrow Rock, stored millions of lives via perfecting a therapy for malaria. additionally calling Arrow Rock domestic have been a variety of influential politicians, together with 3 governors, M. M. Marmaduke, Claiborne Fox Jackson, and John Sappington Marmaduke.            lifestyles replaced after the Civil struggle, and Arrow Rock replaced, too. As railroads and significant highways bypassed the city, many folks 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 US: early days of cost, an period of prosperity and gear for a few and outstanding difficulty for others, wars, a decline, and a rebirth. moreover, the lengthy roll name of these who visited the realm presents a heritage of the hole of the West.            This publication will turn out worthwhile to these attracted to Missouri historical past; the constructing kingdom; 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 publication permits readers to step again into heritage and have fun with a time whilst the river was once the street.

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An economic depression in 1819 and worn-out soil in the South led farmers from Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky to migrate to the fertile Boonslick area and try to establish new hemp and tobacco plantations. Plantations required large numbers of workers, and they had to be largely self-sufficient in isolated areas. Those who could brought slaves to work the land. John Sappington, who would become one of the most famous of the new settlers, moved to the newly formed Howard County in 1817. Born in Maryland in 1776, he moved with his family to Nashville, Tennessee, at nine.

Becknell and others began to prepare for more trips to Santa Fe, and in the spring of 1822 Captain Benjamin Cooper led a caravan of twenty-one men, including his nephews Braxton and Stephen. They took three wagonloads of goods and returned in the fall with four hundred head of livestock, jacks, jennets, and mules and furs. For Becknell’s second trip in 1822, he hired twenty-one men and loaded three wagons instead of pack mules. This trip was so successful that a woman who had invested sixty dollars in the venture received nine hundred dollars upon his return.

Associated in every way as an Indian among fellow Indians, [but] the Osage still revered the sun, moon, earth, and thunder as allpowerful spirits. About 1813 Williams married a young Osage woman according to the customs of the tribe and lived with her in the Big Osage town on the Marais des Cygnes. The couple had two daughters in the next few years. Although the children were named Mary and Sarah, for his older sister and his mother, he participated in Osage life completely, gaining a “perfect speaking knowledge of the language” and serving as interpreter for George Sibley at Fort Osage.

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