Marking Missouri History

Edited by James W. Goodrich and Lynn Wolf Gentzler

Cover photo of Marking Missouri History

Enjoy Missouri history as it was presented in a slower-paced time. In the 1950s and early 1960s, The State Historical Society of Missouri erected 121 historical markers alongside highways throughout the state. Each county and the city of St. Louis received at least one marker, which provided a synopsis of the physical and historical significance of a county, community, or site. Marking Missouri History is a compilation of the markers’ texts, many of which have been moved from their original roadside locations. The volume also features 121 short essays discussing sites or events mentioned on the markers or people who have gained prominence since the installation of the markers. Over 400 illustrations accompany the narratives, providing a visual record of Missouri’s history.

The volume is organized regionally, based on the Missouri Division of Tourism’s state vacation regions. Maps show the current location of each marker, and an essay about a regional topic precedes each grouping.

Readers who enjoy learning about local historical sites, events, and characters will relish Marking Missouri History.

Ordering info:
Available through the online Gift Shop, by phone (800) 747-6366, email or in the Society's administrative offices
at the Research Center-Columbia.
$15.75 (members); $17.50 (nonmembers)
©1998. 300 pages. Maps. Illustrations. Index. 7 x 10 inches. Paper. ISBN: 978-0-9622891-3-2

About the Editors

James W. Goodrich served as the Society’s executive director from 1985 to 2004.

Lynn Wolf Gentzler is the Society’s associate director.

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