Saint Louis in 1846
Henry Lewis's Saint Louis in 1846 shows steamboats approaching the city.
August 2, 1817: The very first steamboat reached St. Louis. Fittingly, it was the Zebulon M. Pike—named after the brigadier general and explorer.
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.