Arrow Rock and the River - Arrow Rock, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 04.267 W 092° 56.560
15S E 504959 N 4324670
Historical marker on the bluff in Arrow Rock, Missouri.
Waymark Code: WM1EK2
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 04/21/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Geo Ferret
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"You are standing on the Arrow Rock bluff, where the Missouri River formerly made a bend. For generations the Missouri River served as the great water highway of the West.

The Arrow Rock bluff was a significant landmark for American Indians, explores and early westward travelers. William Clark noted the locale as "a handsome spot for a town" in 1808. Fort Osage in Jackson County, Missouri, was abandoned during the War of 1812, and George Sibley moved its trading post to the bluff just north of here.

In 1810, settlers began arriving in the "Boonslick Country", as the area was known. To facilitate travel, a ferry was established at Arrow Rock in 1811, and it operated for 115 years. William Becknell, the "Father of the Santa Fe Trail", crossed the river near Arrow Rock on September 1, 1821, on what became the first successful trade expedition to Santa Fe.

Franklin, the first Santa Fe outfitting center, was located 10 miles downstream. In 1829, Franklin was largely washed away by the river, and Arrow Rock, founded high above the flood plain, soon developed into a thriving river port. Hemp, tobacco and farm produce were shipped to St. Louis, and manufactured goods were brought upstream.

In April, 1864, sparks from the steamboat Isabella set fire to the riverfront warehouses. After the Civil War (1861-1865), river transportation gave way to the railroads and the town declined. In the 1920's, the river migrated to its current position, one mile away. The old landing and warehouse sites are now marshland." ~ text of marker.
History of Mark:
Placed by the Friends of Arrow Rock.

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