First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site The OFFICIAL page for First Missouri State Captiol State Historic Site located in St. Charles, Mo.
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Located within a stone’s throw of the Missouri River and Katy Trail State Park, and in the heart of historic St. Charles, First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site is the first seat of the state’s government. Its rough hewn timbers and dark wood floors whisper the tales of the state’s first legislature. Interpretive programs help visitors understand how the state’s government was formed and what life was like in the early 1800s. The state park system is composed of 88 parks and historic sites managed by the Dept. of Natural Resources for the benefit of all Missourians. This forum is for speech related to Missouri State Parks. The views, opinions and positions expressed by users providing comments on this page are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Missouri State Parks or any employee thereof.

Our Horseradish is doing well this year. Look at the size. We have also added new Lavender and Salvia by our sign.
06/05/2020

Our Horseradish is doing well this year. Look at the size. We have also added new Lavender and Salvia by our sign.

Our demonstrators will appreciate our new gate. It will make loading and unloading so much easier. Thank you to our main...
05/08/2020

Our demonstrators will appreciate our new gate. It will make loading and unloading so much easier. Thank you to our maintenance staff!

Look what I found today. Can you guess who's nest this is?
05/07/2020

Look what I found today. Can you guess who's nest this is?

Missouri State Parks
04/30/2020

Missouri State Parks

While the vast majority of Missouri state parks and historic sites have remained open for day use, Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors and team members.

Based on current conditions, Missouri State Parks is implementing the following measures in phase one of the return to normal operations:

▪️On May 4, concession-operated lodging, dining, marina and retail operations will begin reopening at the discretion of the individual concessionaires and following Governor Parson’s recommended guidelines.

▪️On May 11, Castlewood State Park, Elephant Rocks State Park, Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site and State Park and Weston Bend State Park will reopen for day use only.

▪️On May 18, the off-road-vehicle riding area at St. Joe State Park will reopen and will require daily permits to be purchased online; quantities may be limited to manage capacity.

▪️Park campgrounds and park-run lodging will remain closed through May 18. Missouri State Parks continues to evaluate public-health data, applicable social-distancing guidelines and operational requirements to determine when it would be appropriate to resume these operations.

For more information, please view our press release here: https://dnr.mo.gov/news/newsitem/uuid/c6438823-0933-45f9-8a35-ab7ecc0d7b16

04/27/2020
Saint Charles, Missouri - City Government

Do you ever wonder what it was like 200 years ago when we were struggling to become a state and our legislators were debating in the First Missouri State Capitol.........? 2021 is Missouri's Bicentennial. We are planning a lot of exciting events and activities to commemorate this special milestone.

Step back in time with this reenactment from our Sestercentennial Celebration (2019) of legislature being passed in Missouri's First State Capitol.

Another beautiful day at the Capitol. Our Redbud tree is beautiful . We are working on getting the herb beds ready for p...
04/08/2020

Another beautiful day at the Capitol. Our Redbud tree is beautiful . We are working on getting the herb beds ready for planting.

Signs of spring around the First Missouri State Capitol today. The garden is getting started, trees blooming and plants ...
04/07/2020

Signs of spring around the First Missouri State Capitol today. The garden is getting started, trees blooming and plants coming up. We even have improved our fire ring in preparation for our summer programs.

200 years ago #OnThisDay, March 30, 1820, travelers arrived in St. Louis from Cincinnati with news that the Missouri Com...
03/30/2020

200 years ago #OnThisDay, March 30, 1820, travelers arrived in St. Louis from Cincinnati with news that the Missouri Compromise was reached. Fireworks, illuminations and cannons were fired on the St. Louis riverfront, and bells were rang in recognition of the Missouri Enabling Act. #MOhistory

Source: St. Louis Enquirer

It is a pretty spring morning at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site. Everything is greening up. Our Re...
03/29/2020

It is a pretty spring morning at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site. Everything is greening up. Our Redbud tree is starting to bloom. Can you find it in the picture?

03/15/2020

Out of caution, park and site programs and events sponsored by Missouri State Parks will be postponed or cancelled now through April 30.

We apologize in advance for any inconveniences this may cause.

200 years ago on March 6, 1820 the Missouri Enabling Act was passed and approved by President James Monroe- An Act to au...
03/06/2020

200 years ago on March 6, 1820 the Missouri Enabling Act was passed and approved by President James Monroe- An Act to authorize the people of the Missouri territory to form a constitution and state government, and for the admission of such state into the Union on an equal footing with the original states, and to prohibit slavery in certain territories.

Happy Leap Day! Enjoy this nice weather with a visit to the First Missouri State Capitol and take a tour.
02/29/2020

Happy Leap Day! Enjoy this nice weather with a visit to the First Missouri State Capitol and take a tour.

We had a special visitor to the Capitol on this snowy day.
02/06/2020

We had a special visitor to the Capitol on this snowy day.

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo
12/20/2019

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo

12/02/2019

Did you know that the Great Seal of Missouri was created in St. Charles?

Nice history of Governor Abraham Williams.
12/01/2019

Nice history of Governor Abraham Williams.

Abraham Williams - Third Governor of Missouri

Abraham Williams was Governor for only five months, from August 4th, 1825 to January 20th, 1826. The shortest term of any Missouri governor. A native Virginian, Williams arrived in Missouri Territory in 1816 and settled in Franklin. At that time Franklin was a hotbed of political activity in the soon-to-be state. In 1820 Williams moved to the small community of Nashville where he and business partner James Harris ran a tobacco warehouse. Williams moved a few years later to Columbia, where he established one of the first dry goods stores in Columbia. He also bought a large tract of land in the county and began farming.

He began his brief political career in 1822, when he was elected to the Missouri State Senate as the a Democratic-Republican. When he was re-elected in 1824, he was chosen as President-pro-tem of the Senate. He also served on the Accounts and Education committees, both important position s in the newborn state. He also served on the committee planning the new Missouri State Capitol.

Williams was thrust into the Governor's office upon the death of Fredrick Bates on August 4th, 1825. Missouri had no Lieutenant Governor, since the elected one, Benjamin Harrison Reeves had previously resigned. Under the state constitution Williams was next in line to serve until a special election could be held. The General Assembly was out of session for most of his time as governor and he made no appointments to state positions or signed any important legislation. The aforementioned special election was held December 5th,1825 with voters choosing John Miller, who assumed the office on January 20, 1826.

Abraham Williams returned to the Senate until he was defeated in the 1826 general elections. He was put forth as a candidate for the U. S. Senate, but was defeated by Thomas Hart Benton. After his political career,Williams returned to large scale farming operations in Boone County. A lifelong bachelor he left no children or close family and no will. His estate included nearly a thousand acres south of Columbia as well as several building lots in Columbia. He is buried in Columbia, Missouri.

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo
11/12/2019

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo

Be sure to go by Scare Crow Glen on Main Street during the Legends and Lanterns Festival in St. Charles and cast your vo...
10/12/2019

Be sure to go by Scare Crow Glen on Main Street during the Legends and Lanterns Festival in St. Charles and cast your vote in the "straw pole" for our "Ghostly pioneers" who are heading to the Peck Bros. store to outfit for their journey west.

Finally replaced the plaque!
09/08/2019

Finally replaced the plaque!

Rural Missouri
08/25/2019

Rural Missouri

Do you love to visit the many Missouri State Parks? Bring a keen eye on your next trip and enter our annual Missouri Snapshots Photo Contest. From now until Oct. 31, you can enter photos taken at state parks and historic sites for your chance to win one of five $500 prize packages. For rules and to enter, visit: http://ruralmissouri.coop/photocontest.php.

08/18/2019

Festival of the Little Hills today! Stop by and see us, we have air conditioning.

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo
08/11/2019

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo

Happy Birthday, Missouri!
08/10/2019

Happy Birthday, Missouri!

08/09/2019

Statehood Day Celebration! Missouri turns 198 years old-come celebrate with us. Historic demonstrations, children's activities, Booneslick Trail lectures at 11 & 2 and Historic architecture lectures at 10 & 1. Missouri state trivia challenge and free birthday cake & lemonade! It's a fun way to spend a Saturday!

Did you know that Governor McNair's rifle is in the collection at the Missouri State Museum?
07/18/2019

Did you know that Governor McNair's rifle is in the collection at the Missouri State Museum?

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo
07/10/2019

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site's cover photo

On the Secretary of State's Missouri State Symbols PageThe Wonder Dog of MissouriOn August 28, 2017 “Jim the Wonder Dog”...
07/10/2019

On the Secretary of State's Missouri State Symbols Page

The Wonder Dog of Missouri
On August 28, 2017 “Jim the Wonder Dog” was designated as Missouri’s wonder dog. A Llewellyn Setter, born in
1925, Jim first gained notoriety for his prowess as a hunting
dog. He tracked over 5,000 birds, a total no other dog had
ever achieved, earning him the Outdoor Life Magazine designation of “The Hunting Dog of the Country.” Eventually Jim
began to exhibit a wide range of other talents not typically
associated with dogs. He could pick a car on the street by
license number, recognize unknown people in a crowd and
carry out instructions, oral or written, given to him in any foreign language, Morse Code or shorthand. Jim predicted seven
Kentucky Derby winners and was known for accurately determining the gender of unborn babies. He performed before the
Missouri Legislature and was featured in Field and Stream, The Kansas City Star, Missouri
Ruralist and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Jim is buried in Marshall, Missouri’s Ridge Park
Cemetery. His grave is the most visited spot in the cemetery. (RSMo 10.113)

06/30/2019

Frontier Park is open again! Come on down and visit. Stop by the visitors' center for cold drinks. It will be a hot one.

Still time to get your cardinals bling going.  Local artist, great price.
06/23/2019

Still time to get your cardinals bling going. Local artist, great price.

Hey Cardinals fans! Get these while they last! $3.99 a pair. Stop by and check out the different styles.

The new 2019 Katy Trail jersey is here!! Come and pick yours up today.  $65.00
06/20/2019

The new 2019 Katy Trail jersey is here!! Come and pick yours up today. $65.00

Everyone, meet the Missouri River.  Its a bit cranky about staying on its side of the park.  We are open if you come dow...
05/27/2019

Everyone, meet the Missouri River. Its a bit cranky about staying on its side of the park. We are open if you come down to see all of this water! Stop by and say hi.

Hey Cardinals fans! Get these while they last!  $3.99 a pair. Stop by and check out the different styles.
05/09/2019

Hey Cardinals fans! Get these while they last! $3.99 a pair. Stop by and check out the different styles.

Address

200 S Main St
St. Charles, MO
63301

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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(636) 940-3322

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Located within a stone’s throw of the Missouri River and Katy Trail State Park, and in the heart of historic St. Charles, First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site is the first seat of the state’s government. Its rough hewn timbers and dark wood floors whisper the tales of the state’s first legislature. Interpretive programs help visitors understand how the state’s government was formed and what life was like in the early 1800s. Learn more about this historic site, visit mostateparks.com/park/first-missouri-state-capitol-state-historic-site.

Missouri’s state park system, which has consistently been ranked as one of the top four state park systems in the nation, contains 91 parks and historic sites. Within more than 150,000 acres available to the public, the state park system has something to fit everyone’s needs. The system includes homes of famous Missourians, Civil War battlefields; and reminders of yesterday such as gristmills and covered bridges. The state’s most outstanding landscapes are preserved for everyone’s enjoyment. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

This forum is for speech related to Missouri State Parks. The views, opinions and positions expressed by users providing comments on this page are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Missouri State Parks or any employee thereof.

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Dec. 29, 1819, 200 years ago. The territory of Missouri petitioned the U.S. Congress for statehood, claiming there was near 100,000 souls in the territory. In reality, there was closer to 60,000 people, 10,000 of which were enslaved persons. Since 60,000 is closer to 100,000 than zero, it was a factual statement.
Dec. 21, 1819, 200 years ago today, Maine, then a district of Mass., petitions Congress for statehood. Missouri would petition (again) 8 days later. Setting up the basis of the Missouri Compromise.
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