By Authorene Wilson Phillips
Arrow Rock, so named simply because local americans as soon as went there to form their arrowheads from the flint came upon alongside the Missouri River, is a small old village. this day fewer than 100 humans name Arrow Rock domestic, yet its scenic position and wealthy heritage proceed to draw millions of holiday makers each year. In June 1804, the Corps of Discovery handed “the enormous arrow rock,” as William Clark famous in his magazine, “a good-looking spot for a city . . . the placement is sublime, commanding and fit, the land approximately it fantastic, well-timbered and watered.” Settlers quickly arrived, a few bringing slaves who constructed the big farms; the village that was once proven grew slowly yet observed gains from alternate at the river. The beginnings of alternate within the a long way west, the gold rush, and the Civil battle all had profound results at the settlers. in the meantime, region citizens have been having an influence at the international. George Caleb Bingham, who grew to become referred to as the “Missouri artist,” participated within the founding of the city and equipped a house there, and Dr. John Sappington, an early resident of Arrow Rock, stored hundreds of thousands of lives through perfecting a therapy for malaria. additionally calling Arrow Rock domestic have been a number of influential politicians, together with 3 governors, M. M. Marmaduke, Claiborne Fox Jackson, and John Sappington Marmaduke. existence replaced after the Civil warfare, and Arrow Rock replaced, too. As railroads and significant highways bypassed town, many folks moved away and less got here via. Arrow Rock offers perception into the development of historical past and its results on one small Missouri city. the tale of this village, now a historical website, brings to existence the background of the USA: early days of cost, an period of prosperity and tool for a few and tremendous hassle for others, wars, a decline, and a rebirth. additionally, the lengthy roll name of these who visited the realm offers a heritage of the outlet of the West. This publication will end up necessary to these attracted to Missouri historical past; the constructing country; and the geographical, political, and leisure forces that have been at paintings as such a lot of came–and went. Like a trip to Arrow Rock itself, this e-book permits readers to step again into historical past and take pleasure in a time whilst the river was once the street.
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Nave had brought apple and peach seeds and kept them through the winter in a large gourd near the fireplace. In the spring, he planted the first orchard in what was to become Saline County. Later Nave and Daniel Thornton sowed about three pecks of wheat—also a first. Some of the new immigrants to the area were tradesmen who developed towns to provide services for settlers. Howard County was formed in 1816, and the town of Franklin was established the same year. On January 1, 1817, the first of several men whose land in the southeastern part of the Missouri Territory was flooded or had been ruined for agriculture by the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811–1812 filed a claim in the Arrow Rock area.
By 1820, nearly one-sixth of the territory’s population were slaves, and the percentage was higher in the Boonslick area. Even settlers who could not afford a slave generally agreed that people had a right to own slaves. However, Missouri lay north of the line that separated free states from slave states, and Congress was intent on keeping the number of slave states and free states equal. There was opposition to making Missouri a state, but finally, when Maine wanted to enter the Union as a free state, Missouri was allowed to enter as a slave state in an agreement known as the Missouri Compromise.
The trickle of settlers would become a stream and then a flood. Still, most only passed by the Arrow Rock and headed on westward. Chapter 2 The Arrow Rock 1814–1820 W illiam Clark, whose journal of the 1804–1806 “Voyage of Discovery” had referred to “the cliff called the Arrow Rock,” drew a map in 1814, noting the Boonslick area near the middle of the Missouri Territory, stretching along the Missouri River and its major tributaries. Included on it was the area now known as Chariton, Cooper, Howard, and Saline counties, where “the Arrow Rock” was located.