By Authorene Wilson Phillips
Arrow Rock, so named simply because local american citizens as soon as went there to form their arrowheads from the flint discovered alongside the Missouri River, is a small old village. at the present time fewer than 100 humans name Arrow Rock domestic, yet its scenic position and wealthy background proceed to draw millions of holiday makers each year. In June 1804, the Corps of Discovery handed “the tremendous arrow rock,” as William Clark famous in his magazine, “a good-looking spot for a city . . . the placement is classy, commanding and fit, the land approximately it nice, well-timbered and watered.” Settlers quickly arrived, a few bringing slaves who constructed the massive farms; the village that used to be demonstrated grew slowly yet observed earnings 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, quarter citizens have been having an influence at the global. George Caleb Bingham, who turned often called the “Missouri artist,” participated within the founding of town and outfitted a house there, and Dr. John Sappington, an early resident of Arrow Rock, kept millions of lives by means of perfecting a therapy for malaria. additionally calling Arrow Rock domestic have been various influential politicians, together with 3 governors, M. M. Marmaduke, Claiborne Fox Jackson, and John Sappington Marmaduke. lifestyles replaced after the Civil warfare, and Arrow Rock replaced, too. As railroads and significant highways bypassed town, many of us moved away and less got here via. Arrow Rock offers perception into the development of heritage and its results on one small Missouri city. the tale of this village, now a historical web site, brings to existence the historical past of the United States: early days of payment, an period of prosperity and gear for a few and amazing hassle for others, wars, a decline, and a rebirth. additionally, the lengthy roll name of these who visited the realm offers a background of the hole of the West. This e-book will turn out useful to these attracted to Missouri heritage; the constructing state; 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 ebook permits readers to step again into historical past and get pleasure from a time while the river used to be the street.
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A Stop on the Santa Fe Trail 37 Alphonso Wetmore wrote some years later, The enterprize was, at the time, deemed one of infinate peril; and the . . venture was accordingly limited in amount; . . the articles of merchandise . . were suited either to Mexican or Indian taste. In the event of failure to reach the point of destination, it was a part of the plan of the adventurous party to remunerate themselves with the capture of wild horses, or, in the manly . . sport of the buffalo chase. It was not until some weeks after leaving Arrow Rock that Becknell learned through a French interpreter traveling with Mexican soldiers that the Mexican Revolution had succeeded.
Ezekiel Williams and the men who returned in November 1827 from Santa Fe generated profits of around 40 percent, bringing back to Missouri eight hundred head of horses and mules worth twenty-eight thousand dollars. Local traders who made several trips from the Franklin area to Santa Fe while continuing to improve and develop their farms included William Becknell, Ezekiel Williams, William and Darwin Sappington, Meredith Miles Marmaduke, and James Smith, the son of General Thomas A. Smith, a Virginian, who came to Missouri after the War of 1812 and became one of the first to enter a land claim in Saline County.
C. Rainy, later a resident of Arrow Rock, wrote this account after listening to Henry Nave himself: Henry secured two canoes, lashed them together, uncoupled his wagon, took the hind wheels and axle over at one trip, the fore wheels and tongue at another; then in successive trips, he ferried over the wagon bed and its contents. He selected a location for his cabin, cut down round poles for the walls, the rafters and joists for his frame-work, split out boards from a large tree for his roof, and puncheons for his floor.