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The land where this riverfront historic town now sits
was originally inhabited by a Missouri tribe of Native
American Indians. The tribe had managed to
coexisted peacefully with French tappers and traders
until settlers from Virginia and Kentucky arrived
following the Lewis and Clark exploration in 1804,
exposing a whole new land.
Tensions began to arise between the two and by
1820 all the Native Americans had been killed or
forced out of the area.
In 1836, after locating a safe site from the often
flooding Missouri River, yet still convenient to river
traffic, 13 men purchased the land and sold off lots for
a new town which would be named after one of the
founders, James Glasgow. Soon, wealthy slave
holders established a typical Southern community on
an economy based on hemp and tobacco.
The antebellum town of Glasgow flourished as a
shipping and trading center. It contained 2 drugstores,
5 churches, a law office, a bank, a barbershop, 2
hotels, a shoe factory, a newspaper and 6 saloons.
In 1864, Glasgow became the scene of a bloody Civil War battle. In order to gain supplies Confederate forces bombarded the Union troops who had been occupying
the town. After heavy fighting, the outnumbered Union soldiers surrendered, but only after burning the City Hall where munitions were being stored. The fire ended
up burning half a block of Glasgow's buildings. In the end the Union casualties were 11 dead, 32 wounded: Confederate losses were reported to be twice the amount
. After the war the town prospered and continued to grow, as the wealthy built huge mansions, lavish hotels and bathing spas for entertainment. In 1879 the worlds
first all steel railroad bridge was built over the Missouri River, helping to link Kansas City to Chicago.
Today as I go through this historical town I see a place rich in history and full of great friendly people awaiting
anxiously to share it with you. This is a great place to eat, shop antiques and specialty shops, drink a glass of wine
in their winery and relax, or listen to live music from the new pavilion overlooking the river. While you're there don't
forget to visit the River Overlook, Stump Island Park, and drive by many of the beautiful historic buildings and homes
this beautiful riverfront town has to offer! Click on the map below for a larger version of many the cities sites.
Click map to enlarge
Up River View
Down River View
Stump Island Park
This is just a small few of the beautiful homes this great town has to offer!
*First all steel railroad bridge in the world.
*Missouri's oldest library in continuous use west of
the Mississippi River.
*Missouri's 2nd oldest Bank
*Oldest family owned drugstore in the nation!
*50+ buildings over 100 years old!