The Gateway to the West. Missouri was a key point in the expansion of the United States west of the Mississippi. The area now known as Missouri came under the control of the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. St. Louis was the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
"The Missouri statehood controversy became a national issue as the issue of slavery was debated. The "Missouri Compromise" allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state and Maine as a free state, thus keeping the balance of slave and free states equal in Congress. Although Missouri was allowed to enter as a slave state, the remaining portion of the Louisiana Purchase area north of the 36 degree 30 minutes line was to be forever free of slavery." (Source: Office of the Missouri Secretary of State)
I hope you enjoy these photos. There is a link photo to The Gateway Arch below.

A Missouri Memorial

The Missouri Liberty Bell Replica
Fifty-five bells were struck as part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence." They were given to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Territories, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Truman Library in Independence, MO has one (Harry was president) and one is in Annecy-le-Vieux, France the city where the replicas were cast in 1950.
The bells were to be displayed for the public and rung on patriotic occasions. Some are rather difficult to locate as they have been relegated to storage and/or refurbishing or to display in universities, libraries and museums.
Those I could find located near or in capitols as originally intended are pictured on these pages.

The Capitol Building

A street in Jefferson City

Jefferson Landing

On the Missouri River
And once again I crossed the Missouri River. I made four known crossings of the Missouri and traveled along its banks for many miles on my trek.
The Missouri River drains one-sixth of the United States and encompasses 529,350 square miles. It flows 2,341 miles from its headwaters at the confluence of the Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson Rivers in the Rocky Mountains at Three Forks, Montana, to its confluence with the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri. The River basin?s elevation drops from 14,000 foot peaks at its northwestern boundary to about 400 feet where it joins the Mississippi.

The Jefferson Landing Visitor's Center

The Missouri River
Jefferson Landing State Historic Site is significant as a rare surviving Missouri River landing. The Lohman Building, built in 1839, is a sturdy stone structure that served as a tavern and hotel, and in its heyday also housed one of the city's largest warehouse and mercantile businesses. Today, the main floor contains a visitor center with exhibits on the city's history. The building also serves as the support facility for the Missouri State Museum, located on the ground floor of the Capitol.

Two runners at the Arch

The St. Louis skyline from the Mississippi

St Peter's Church In Jefferson City

The Gateway Arch
Click on the photo of the Arch to see more photos taken there.

Music is "Missouri"

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