A French missionary, Father Gravier, noted in his journal, “Discovered the river Mirameguoua, where the rich lead mine is situated, 12 or 13 leagues from its mouth.”  Today we refer to that river as the Meramec. “Meramec” (Mirameguoua) is an Osage word meaning catfish.

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.