Paul Armstrong. [University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, J. Willis Sayre Collection of Theatrical Photographs, JWS16554]

Paul Armstrong, a journalist and playwright, was born in Kidder, a small town in Caldwell…

Jeffrey Deroine (second from right) with Ioways. [State Historical Society of Missouri, Robert Wright Photograph Collection, P0011]

Jeffrey Deroine (pronounced Der-oh-NAY…

A portrait of Alexander Doniphan, painted by George Caleb Bingham around 1850

Born on July 9, 1808, in Mason County, Kentucky, Alexander William Doniphan was the son of…

Edmond J. Eckel. [Elwood L. McDonald, History of Buchanan County and St. Joseph, Missouri, 1915]

Born on June 22, 1845, in Strasbourg, France, Edmond Jacques Eckel demonstrated an early…

Aerial of Fort Osage

Established in 1808 under the superintendence of…

Josiah Gregg. [Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 4316.5964]

From his father, Wheelwright Harmon Gregg, Josiah Gregg inherited a roving spirit that…

Francis White Cloud. Portrait by George Catlin, circa 1844–1845. [Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art]

The Ioways did not live in what is now Missouri for much of the historical era.…

Kathryn J. Kuhlman. [Courtesy of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives]

Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman, born in Concordia, Missouri, on May 9, 1907, became…

A facsimile of the title page in the first edition of Zenon Leonard’s narrative about his experiences. [Adventures of Zenon Leonard (Cleveland: Burrows Brothers Co., 1904)]

Zenas Leonard, a fur trapper best known as the author of Adventures of a Mountain Man…

Susan Shelby Magoffin. [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Photographs and Prints Collection, N12846]

Susan Shelby Magoffin was born on July 30, 1827, at Arcasia, her father’s estate near…