On This Day In 1849, The Unthinkable Happened In Missouri

The infamous St. Louis Fire of 1849 was a devastating fire that occurred on May 17th of that year and destroyed a significant part of St. Louis and many of the steamboats using the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. At the time of the fire, the population of St. Louis was around 63,000, and the city was about ¾ miles wide with three miles of riverfront. It was a popular hub for steamboat travelers with its location near the junction of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and was a final stop for supplies for travelers heading west, many to participate in the California Gold Rush.

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Had you heard about this piece of St. Louis history?