Weston, Missouri, depicted about 1845 in a steel engraving from “Meyer’s Universum”

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Weston, Missouri, depicted about 1845 in a steel engraving from "Meyer's Universum"

Weston, Missouri sits north of Kansas City and, until the flood of 1881 changed the course of the Missouri River, was the largest port on the Missouri River, with more steamboats docking here than either Kansas City or St. Joseph. Weston was originally known as “West Town,” and was the farthest western settlement prior to Texas joining the Union in 1845. It was also, for a time, the home of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. This 1845 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.