September 24, 1860: The steamboat A. B. Chambers sank near St. Charles on her maiden voyage. A young Samuel Clemens worked on this steamboat as a river pilot from October 26, 1859, until February 24, 1860.
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.