Many of the State Historical Society’s holdings are included in Merlin, the shared library catalog of the four University of Missouri campuses. The State Historical Society holds numerous books on the history of transportation in Missouri, the Midwest, and the United States generally. Use the term "transportation" or specify a mode of transportation such as "trains". For a more specific search, simply add the subject term “Missouri” to your search.
- Moses Austin - Austin was an American merchant and lead miner. He built communities on the frontiers of Virginia and Missouri, and laid plans for the colonization of Texas. He improved transportation, trade links, and mining methods in these areas, and brought national attention to their mineral wealth.
- Louis S. Curtiss - Curtiss was a prominent Kansas City architect known for his innovative buildings. In 1905 Curtiss established a fruitful relationship with the Santa Fe Railroad, designing a number of train depots and buildings for the company. This led to him designing hotels and restaurants for the Fred Harvey Company, which specialized in providing dining and lodging services to rail travelers across the United States.
- James Buchanan Eads - Eads spent his life solving difficult engineering problems that made life on and around the Mississippi River safer and more convenient. His most important engineering achievement was designing and building the first bridge to cross the Mississippi River at St. Louis. His bridge provided a crucial connection between Missouri and eastern cities.
- Joseph LaBarge - Joseph LaBarge was a famous steamboat captain on the Missouri River. During his fifty-year career, he never lost a boat. LaBarge's career on the river mirrored the rise and decline of the steamboat industry as interstate river commerce grew until it was eclipsed by the emerging railroad industry.
- James Sidney Rollins - As a businessman, Rollins was involved in agriculture, real estate, and improving railroad and river transportation. He helped establish the North Missouri Railroad Company and was involved in numerous other railroad ventures.
- Ruth Harriet Friedman Woods - Woods was the first female lieutenant governor of Missouri, a Democratic politician, and an advocate for women's rights. In 1973, she was appointed to the State Highway Commission and the State Transportation Committee.
These links will take you outside the Society's website. The Society is not responsible for the content of the following sites:
Other History Organizations
Smithsonian National Museum of American History Exhibit
On the Water: River Towns, River Networks
Missouri History Museum – Transportation Collections
Missouri State Archives