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Fort Orleans Historical Marker

Fort Orleans Historical Marker


lat: 39.384492137756 long: -93.221523646627

The first fort built by a European country on the Missouri River and the first settlement in Missouri, Fort Orleans is an important site for the state’s history.  Although the exact site of the fort is unknown, a marker on US Highway 24 commemorates its importance to the region.  The fort was initially used by the French as a site for trading with Native Americans, but was later abandoned in the late 1720s.  The State Historical Society of Missouri and the Missouri State Highway Commission established this marker in 1953.  While Lewis and Clark visited this area and were looking for the fort, they found no traces of a settlement, according to their journal entries.  

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