The historic riverboat Far West sank at Mullanphy’s Island near the mouth of the Missouri. It was one of Custer’s boats and after Little Bighorn it steamed back 920 miles in just 54 hours!  The Far West is also the subject of a Gary Lucy painting.

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.