Pike County Missouri was founded at a turning point in American history.
The county is celebrating its bicentennial in 2018, and is hosting activities throughout the year.
Two hundred years ago, the nation was adding immense territory to its borders and would soon win lasting independence from England. Pike County pioneers and their descendants would have significant influence on a growing country whose model of freedom endures.
Even before Lewis and Clark made their historic exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, settlers had moved into what would become Pike County. Their names included James Burns, Frederick Dixon, Samuel Ewing and Joe Scott. But the book History of Pike County Missouri makes clear that women played an important role, too.
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