You can purchase the book “Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri” online here or at these retail locations. 100% of the proceeds go to The Katy Land Trust to preserve the farms and forests along the Katy Trail. If you’d like to see what other Missourians say about the book, read a selection of comments and reviews. If you are interested in attending a book signing or presentation, see our list of upcoming engagements.


In Growing Up with the River, you will meet children from nine generations who grew up along the Missouri River from Hermann to St. Charles.  You will share in a long list of adventures and observe the changes they see in the river valley including visits from Lewis and Clark and a presidential candidate, the departure of Native Americans, the arrival of German immigrants, steamboats, trains and a TNT factory, and the the creation of the Katy Trail and Missouri’s largest conservation area.   But the children aren’t the only characters in this story.

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A bur oak tree grows from an acorn to a majestic symbol of this history as it bears witness to many changes in the natural world – the extinction of the beautiful Carolina parakeet that roosted on its branches, the building of levees to control the flooding that covered its roots, the over-hunting and return of wildlife that rest in its shade, and the loss of native plants in the surrounding countryside.

What hasn’t changed in two centuries is the natural scenic beauty of Missouri River Country and the small river communities.

You, your friends and families can follow the map and stories in this book and plan your own visit to these rural landscapes beginning at the Gateway Arch.  The Arch, one of the most recognized symbols in the world, was created to be a lasting symbol to the Missouri River and what took place there.

Our cover illustrates the march of history in the Missouri River valley since 1806.

Ten original paintings were commissioned by Missouri landscape painter Bryan Haynes to tell the story of Missouri River history since Lewis and Clark.


Written by Dan & Connie Burkhardt
Introduction by Frances Levine, President, Missouri History Museum
Epilogue by Jon Landau, Producer of Avatar and Titanic

“Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri”

Growing Up with the River