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Unit 8: Coming Through

Explore the lives of three men as Missourians explore trails west in Arrow Rock

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

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Possible Research Topics

  • Arrow Rock, MO
  • William Becknell
  • Westward Migration
  • Franklin, MO
  • The Santa Fe Trail
  • Santa Fe, (NM) Trade
  • Mexican Silver and Gold Coins
  • Spanish Territory
  • Mexican Independence impact on Missouri
  • Fur Trade
  • Importation of Missouri Mules
  • George Caleb Bingham
  • Dr. John Sappington
  • Malaria
  • "bleeding patients"
  • Quinine
  • The Theory and Treatment of Fevers



  • Bingham, Fighting Artist
    Larkin, Lew
    Kansas City, Mo.
  • The Drawings of George Caleb Bingham
    Bloch, E. Maurice
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
  • Arrow Rock, Where Wheels Started West
    Hamilton, Jean Tyree
    Guard Printing and Publishing
    Centralia, Mo.
  • The Sante Fe Trail Revisited
    Franzwa, Gregory M.
    Patrice Press
    St. Louis, Mo.