FIRST - Newspaper West of the Mississippi
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N 38° 59.246 W 092° 45.307
15S E 521208 N 4315410
First Newspaper West of the Mississippi,Franklin Missouri
Waymark Code: WM1533
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 01/17/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
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This one has lots of firsts.
Named after Benjamin Franklin
Franklin, founded across the river from Boonville,1816 was once the metropolis of the Boon's Lick Country, a central Missouri region taking its name from a salt lick in the area worked by the sons of Daniel Boone. Here was the First Land Office (GLO) north of the Missouri River, 1818, and the First newspaper, 1819 the "Missouri Intellegencer and Boon's Lick Advertiser."

First steamboat up the Missouri, the "Independence" docked, 1819. From 1817 to 28 Franklin served as seat of Howard County Encroachment of the river brought town abandonment beginning with the laying out of New Franklin, 1828.

From Franklin, William Becknell, "Father of the Santa Fe Trail" led the First successful trading expedition to Santa Fe and took the First wagons over the route in 1822. Jacks and jennys brought back were the founding stock of Missouri's mules. John Miller, governor 1826-32, lived here and Kit Carson was apprenticed to a saddler.

FIRST - Classification Variable: Item or Event

Date of FIRST: 04/23/1819

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