Courtesy of William Morris
October 20, 1803: The US Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase. The US paid less than three cents per acre for the land. Missouri would become a state eighteen years later. Without this day, Missouri might not exist as we know it today.
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.