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Sibley, Missouri and Fort Osage

The point on which Fort Osage was built by soldiers under the command of William Clark in 1808 had been noted by him as a choice location during the Corps of Discovery's journey up the Missouri River in 1804.  The fort was the second built by the United States west of the Mississippi in the new Louisiana Purchase.  George Sibley, the factor of the government-run trading post at Fort Osage, became one of the most successful.  He treated the Indians with respect and won their trust. [The fort is a reconstruction.]

Fort Osage National Historic Landmark


The more modern town of Sibley is the location of the Santa Fe Railroad's bridge across the Missouri River, which is featured on a Fred Harvey postcard.