In the decade of the 1830s alone over 120,000 Germans immigrated to America, and one-third of those settled in Missouri. Those are the emigrants that made it. Thousands would not… Read more Coming to America →
The Missouri Humanities Council’s German Heritage Corridor connects all of those communities along scenic byways, showcasing German heritage and creating a corridor designed to increase tourism in the entire region. It will preserve Missouri’s German heritage as a designated scenic byway preserving it for future generations to enjoy. With this book, and other applications, the German Heritage Corridor help everyone learn what this rich heritage has brought our state. We applaud the Missouri Humanities Council and Missouri Life Magazine for their work. For more information visit GermanHeritageCorridor.com or Like German Heritage Corridor on Facebook!
The beginning of German emigration to Missouri is the small village of Dutzow and located about 50 miles west of St. Louis along the Missouri River. In 1829, a German attorney named Gottfried Duden published a book about Missouri from 1824 until 1827, titled “A Report on A Journey to the Western States of North America.” This book caused many German immigrants to consider Missouri a land of opportunity. In the decade that followed, 120,000 Germans would immigrate to the United States, with one-third of them settling in Missouri due to Duden’s book.