The Missouri Author:Stanley Vestal "There are streams that have no story except that of the people on their banks, but the Missouri River is a story in itself - no idyll or eclogue either, but an heroic poem. It is a thoroughly masculine river, a burly, husky bulldozer of a stream, which has taken on the biggest job of moving dirt in North America. It has been well-named the Big ... more »Muddy."
So wrote Stanley Vestal about the Missouri, main highway to the West and boundary of the West. It was also the base of operations for the long battle which at last won the vast open spaces for settlement and its banks held an unbroken line of forts, missions, trading posts and Indian agencies. Even today the Missouri is still the boundary between two cultures - on the east bank, tall corn and barn yards; on the west, the saddle, the ranch, the beef steer.
"It is a tremendous panorama of history that the Big Muddy has witnessed, and Mr. Vestal, a man by inclination and long residence eminently fitted to chronicle its story, has done it proud." -- Stewart Holbrook, Weekly Book Review
"It is a study that anyone remotely interested in the American west will read.... Notes, and index and a bibliography enhance its value as a reference work." -- J. K. Hutchens, New York Times« less