By Authorene Wilson Phillips
Arrow Rock, so named simply because local americans as soon as went there to form their arrowheads from the flint chanced on alongside the Missouri River, is a small old village. this day fewer than 100 humans name Arrow Rock domestic, yet its scenic place and wealthy historical past proceed to draw millions of holiday makers each year. In June 1804, the Corps of Discovery handed “the sizeable arrow rock,” as William Clark famous in his magazine, “a good-looking spot for a city . . . the placement is sublime, commanding and fit, the land approximately it wonderful, well-timbered and watered.” Settlers quickly arrived, a few bringing slaves who constructed the big farms; the village that used to be proven grew slowly yet observed earnings from exchange at the river. The beginnings of alternate within the a ways west, the gold rush, and the Civil battle all had profound results at the settlers. in the meantime, region citizens have been having an influence at the international. George Caleb Bingham, who grew to become 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 hundreds of thousands of lives through perfecting a remedy 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. existence replaced after the Civil conflict, and Arrow Rock replaced, too. As railroads and significant highways bypassed the city, many folks moved away and less got here via. Arrow Rock presents perception into the development of historical past and its results on one small Missouri city. the tale of this village, now a historical website, brings to existence the heritage of the United States: early days of cost, an period of prosperity and tool for a few and brilliant problem for others, wars, a decline, and a rebirth. additionally, the lengthy roll name of these who visited the world presents a historical past of the outlet of the West. This booklet will end up worthy 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 booklet permits readers to step again into historical past and get pleasure from a time while the river used to be the road.
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Extra resources for Arrow Rock: The Story Of A Missouri Village (Missouri Heritage Readers)
Henry Nave, James Sappington, and John Hartgrove made canoes, loaded them with bacon, and floated downriver to St. Louis. They sold the bacon, then disposed of their boats, and returned home by land. ” He built a lot but soon turned the hogs out each day to feed on the abundant supply of acorns that fell from the oak trees, supplementing the corn used as feed. Rainy 34 Arrow Rock explained: “Feed was thus abundant and cheap, but the prowling wolves gave him [Nave] great anxiety by their incursions at night, when they made frequent attempts to carry off young pigs.
Nave had brought apple and peach seeds and kept them through the winter in a large gourd near the fireplace. In the spring, he planted the first orchard in what was to become Saline County. Later Nave and Daniel Thornton sowed about three pecks of wheat—also a first. Some of the new immigrants to the area were tradesmen who developed towns to provide services for settlers. Howard County was formed in 1816, and the town of Franklin was established the same year. On January 1, 1817, the first of several men whose land in the southeastern part of the Missouri Territory was flooded or had been ruined for agriculture by the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811–1812 filed a claim in the Arrow Rock area.
Born in Maryland in 1776, he moved with his family to Nashville, Tennessee, at nine. He studied medicine in Nashville under his father, and probably while practicing for a year in Kentucky, he met Jane Breathitt, whose brother had served as a Kentucky governor. They were married in 1804, when Sappington was twenty-eight. Although he practiced medicine in Tennessee, he also started a business shipping cotton and tobacco to New Orleans and trading land and slaves. Sappington’s close friend Thomas Hardeman had moved to the Boonslick area and written back about the rich Missouri soil, high crop yields, and the successes of his sons, John and Baily, as well as his sons-in-law, George Burnet and Glen Owen, who had followed him.
Arrow Rock: The Story Of A Missouri Village (Missouri Heritage Readers) by Authorene Wilson Phillips