7 Facts About River Missouri

1. The River Missouri was long believed to be part of the Northwest Passage—a water route from the Atlantic to the Pacific—but when Lewis and Clark became the first to travel the river's entire length, they confirmed the mythical pathway to be no more than a legend.

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2. The River Missouri was first explored from its mouth to its source by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

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3. In 2006, barges on the River Missouri hauled only 200,000 short tons of products which is equal to the amount of daily freight traffic on the Mississippi.

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4. The first steamboat on the River Missouri was the Independence, which started running between St Louis and Keytesville, Missouri around 1819.

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5. The River Missouri swings east at Kansas City, where the Kansas River enters from the west, and so on into north-central Missouri.

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6. The River Missouri flows south to the city of Omaha where it receives its longest tributary, the Platte River, from the west.

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7. The River Missouri was long believed to be part of the Northwest Passage—a water route from the Atlantic to the Pacific—but when Lewis and Clark became the first to travel the river's entire length, they confirmed the mythical pathway to be no more than a legend.

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