Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City depicted in an 1836 steel engraving from “Meyer’s Universum”

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Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City depicted in an 1836 steel engraving from "Meyer's Universum"

Jefferson City, Missouri sits on the Missouri River more or less in the middle of the State. The county seat of Cole County as well as the state capitol, it sits on the northern edge of the Ozark Plateau, which covers most of southern Missouri, as well as parts of northern Arkansas, northeast Oklahoma, and southeast Kansas. Lewis and Clark passed by this point in 1804, and my family came here from Kentucky in the early 1830s. Just beyond the horizon in this picture is the bluff where the Steely family Cemetery is located. The building in the foreground is now the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site. The capitol building burned in 1837, and was rebuilt a block west. The Missouri Governor’s Mansion is now located at the site. This 1836 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.