Water Highway - Boonville, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 58.422 W 092° 45.665
15S E 520695 N 4313885
Quick Description: A second marker at this site (Lovers' Leap) and this one about the river below you.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 2/12/2022 8:14:19 AM
Waymark Code: WM15QXD
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Geo Ferret
Views: 1

Long Description:

County of marker: Cooper County
Location of Marker: Lovers' Leap, Harley Park Overlook, W. Spring St. (Santa Fe Trail), Boonville
Erected by: Santa Fe Trail Association; National Park Service, Department of the Interior; Harley Park, City of Boonville

Marker Text:

Water Highway
Rivers were once America's super highways. Westbound riverboats churned by here, hauling American goods - cloth, hardware, paper, mirrors - from St. Louis to the frontier town of (Old) Franklin, once located across the river near the railroad bridge. Traders then coaxed heavily laden mule-drawn wagons over the Santa Fe Trail, journeying for 6 to 7 weeks. Wool, silver coins, and mules were hauled from Mexico. These items, along with harvests from local farmlands, and salt from local mineral springs, were loaded onto riverboats gliding downstream. The area boomed, along with the Santa Fe trade.

But the Missour5i River floods. In 1826, floodwaters nearly destroyed Old Franklin. By 1828, the major riverboats landing serving the Santa Fe trade moved upstream to a site near Independence, Missouri, but many traders continued to leave from Central Missouri. Boonville traders such as William Harley became commissioning and forwarding agents, hauling westbound goods from St. Louis to the Santa Fe Trailhead.

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History of Mark:
please see above


Additional point: Not Listed

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