December 2, 1823: Erastus Wells was born on this day. He set up a system of horse-drawn and mule-drawn rail cars in St. Louis which became the first public transportation west of the Mississippi.
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.