Saint Joseph, Missouri, depicted about 1853 in a steel engraving from “Meyer’s Universum”

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Saint Joseph, Missouri, depicted about 1853 in a steel engraving from "Meyer's Universum"

St. Joseph, Missouri, locally referred to as just “St. Joe,” sits on the Missouri River about 30 miles north of Kansas City and is probably best known as the starting point for the Pony Express and as the place where Jesse James was killed. This 1838 steel engraving is among the “Most remarkable places and objects of all countries” included in Meyer’s Universum, published by the Bibliographic Institute founded by Joseph Meyers.