By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 10, 2020) – In Issue 46 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps feature we celebrate the 199th birthday of the Gateway to the West in America

Steve Kovacs-(FILE) 

Show me!

Missouri became the 24th state 199 years ago today.  We’re expecting big celebrations next year in that state!

Missouri, nicknamed The Show Me State, played a pivotal role in America’s westward expansion.  The Pony Express, the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon Trail among others all originated in the state.   The Gateway Arch in St. Louis symbolizes Missouri’s role in the U. S.’s westward expansion.

Have you been on top of Gateway Arch?  If so, you’ll recall the rather claustrophobic capsule which transports the tourists to the top and eventually back to the ground.  But the views are worth it.

This map of Missouri is by Colton and was issued 34 years after it joined the Union as a state.

Colton’s Map of Missouri 34 years after joining the Union (Credit Steve Kovacs) 

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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