On this date St. Charles residents asked the state for a road running west from St. Charles to Howard County. This was the beginning of what would become the Booneslick Trail, then the Route. 2, then Highway 40, and finally now Interstate 70.

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.