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A View of a Lake in the Mountains, George Caleb Bingham
March 20, 1811: One of Missouri's greatest artists, George Caleb Bingham was born today. Bingham was born in Virginia, but he lived in Franklin, Arrow Rock and St. Louis and died in Kansas City. His painting Fur Traders Descending the Missouri hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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.