Birthday of Nathan Boone. The explorer, community leader, and soldier lived at Femme Osage (Defiance) and Ash Grove, Missouri. Since Nathan arrived in Missouri a few days after his father, he wasn’t entitled to the Spanish land grants that were given to the others in Daniel Boone’s party. He was still able to purchase 680 acres near Defiance, MO with money he made selling his horse and saddle.

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.