William E. Foley is professor emeritus of history at the University of Central Missouri.

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James Beckwourth. [Public domain; photographer unknown]

James Pierson Beckwith, better known as Jim Beckwourth following the publication of…

Portrait of William Clark by Charles Willson Peale, c. 1807–1809. [Courtesy of the Independence National Historical Park]

William Clark, the celebrated explorer who joined Meriwether Lewis

Aerial of Fort Osage

Established in 1808 under the superintendence of William Clark, Fort Osage served as a US military outpost and a…

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John Hardeman, best remembered for the botanical showplace he created on the banks of the…

Edward Hempstead. [Louis Houck, A History of Missouri from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements until the Admission of the State into the Union, vol. 3 (Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons, 1908), p. 2]

Edward Hempstead, a prominent early Missouri attorney and politician, was born in New…