August 16, 1808: Cote Sans Dessein which means “hill with no disctinct shape” was founded on this date. This little frontier village was chosen by some to become the new state’s capital. Of course a tiny town just upstream was chosen and named The City of Jefferson.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.