By Author Jeremy Amick,
The Moreau River is a well-known and central feature of Mid-Missouri. This smaller river and its tributaries pass through many communities in this region and have a collateral influence on others. Its primary and secondary waters flow under highways, nourishes farms, passes by homes perched on bluffs and, in other locations, flows through smaller settlements. It is a waterway possessing a legacy spanning several counties and has either directly or indirectly touched an assortment of communities in some fashion. This list includes such towns as Russellville, Lohman, Enon, Honey Creek, Jefferson City, Brazito, Hickory Hill and California. It should be of little surprise, then, that a compilation of historical stories from around Mid-Missouri would have a title somehow connected to the Moreau River.
Along the Moreau River and its tributaries emerge fascinating stories such as that of a former slave who lived to the impressive age of 113 years old. It is a legacy featuring a Lutheran congregation that had the privilege of hearing from a Native American Christian missionary who was the last chief of the Mohican tribe. Other stories highlight a young man from Hickory Hill who later served as a lawman in a bustling Wild West town. When pulling on the thread of a local folk tale or historical event, one often discovers it is connected to many unique people and events…. and, in the end, more stories come pouring forth-just like the waters of the Moreau. This compilation of history from throughout Mid-Missouri provides an engaging snapshot of many of the people and places who have come before us.