November 22, 1818: The territorial legislature petitioned Congress to allow Missouri to join the Union with the addition of an area between the Mississippi and the St. Francois Rivers that is known today as The Bootheel.
Some people refer to The Bootheel as Lapland because it overlaps into Arkansas.
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.