The fall meeting of the Boonslick Historical Society will be held November 8 when members of the Boone’s Lick (Historic) Road Association will join the Society in a joint dinner at the Huston Tavern (1834) in Historic Arrow Rock in Saline County.
The program will be presented by Missouri historian Lynn Morrow, who recently retired as the long-time director of local records preservation for Missouri State Archives. The title of his presentation is “Boone’s Lick in Western Expansion.” As Morrow notes, “The synergism of Eastern wealth, the Louisiana Purchase, the Thomas Jefferson administration, the Missouri Indian trade, commercial visions for Santa Fe, and initiatives of bold adventurers spawned the famed Boone’s Lick in 1805.”
Morrow will discuss these unfolding events that brought Morgan and Nathan Boone into a commercial salt industry with Philadelphia’s Bryan and Morrison trading company, the most influential American firm in Missouri’s trans-Mississippi West. Of the six Morrison brothers who came West, William, the eldest, administered the family business from Kaskaskia, assigning James, Jesse, nephews, and others to implement their strategic economic reach. Boone’s Lick salt became crucial in the Osage Indian trade, Missouri River commerce, and for support of federal and Missouri militia troops in the War of 1812.
Morrow’s presentation will be drawn from the Boone’s Lick Heritage Quarterly’s planned Fall 2014 Collector’s Edition, where readers can peruse his longer essay that surveys the topic from the mid-1790s to the mid-1830s. This special edition will be 32 pages or more and will include previously unpublished documents and information regarding this period of Missouri Territory and statehood history.