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March 12, 1849: The Missouri Pacific Railroad was chartered. It was created to “…extend from St. Louis via Jefferson City, to the western boundary of Missouri, and thence to the Pacific Ocean.”
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.