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5 Fun Facts About November 17 In Missouri History

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1. On November 17th, 1800, the United States government signed a treaty with Native American tribes at Fort Confederation in southeastern Missouri. The treaty aimed to establish peace and regulate trade between the tribes and the United States.

2. In 1863, during the American Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman and his troops captured the town of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This victory opened up a crucial supply route for the Union Army and helped turn the tide of the war in their favor.

3. On November 17th, 1888, the city of Rolla, Missouri was incorporated. Located in the Ozarks, Rolla served as a strategic location for both the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.

4. The Missouri State Penitentiary, located in Jefferson City, saw several notable events on November 17th. In 1907, inmate Joseph Grimes was executed by hanging for the murder of a prison guard. And in 1954, inmate Robert Engle was executed for the murder of a fellow inmate.

5. In 1993, floods caused by heavy rainfall swept through southern Missouri, causing widespread damage and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate their homes. The floods, which also affected neighboring states, resulted in 50 deaths and billions of dollars in damages.
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