Glasgow On the river, a Missouri dream


Wild iris barn block in GlasgowGlasgow which was named after one of its 13 founders was one of the most prosperous towns in Missouri in the early 1800s. Wealthy planters grew hemp and tobacco in the scenic hills along the river. Some of their beautiful antebellum homes are still in use today. The town was a vibrant steamboat port. However the Civil War changed everything.

In 1864, Confederate forces under General Sterling Price brought war to the bustling town, fighting a bloody battle with Union troops defending the town on Oct. 15. Before surrendering to the Confederate troops, the Union soldiers blew up the ammunitions dump in the Courthouse destroying about half of the buildings in the downtown area.

Highway bridge and railroad bridge at GlasgowAfter the war, Glasgow rebounded somewhat and became the site of the world's first all-steel bridge, built in 1879 by the Chicago and Alton railroad.

Today downtown Glasgow is home to several restaurants, a winery, the second oldest library in continuous use west of the Mississippi River and many shops. There is even an old-time soda fountain inside the state's oldest family-owned pharmacy.