Rocheport, Missouri

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Rocheport is a city in Boone County, Missouri, United States. It is part of the Columbia, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 208 at the 2000 census. Rocheport includes the Rocheport Historic District, an area with buildings dating from 1830 and which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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History

Rocheport was a trading post for both settlers and Native Americans. After the purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to lead an expedition to explore the western territories. On June 7, 1804, their journey lead them to the convergence of the Missouri River and Moniteau Creek near the future settlement of Rocheport. Clark noted the features of the land, flora, fauna and native pictographs on the bluffs in his journal. The Sauk leader Quashquame led a village of Sauk, Meskwaki, and Ioway near Rocheport along Moniteau Creek in the first decade of the 19th century;[3] this village was noted by Zebulon Pike in 1806.[4] Rocheport became a permanent settlement in the early nineteenth century. The Moses U. Payne House is a historic structured located just outside of Rocheport.

Geography

Rocheport is located at 38°58′46″N 92°33′44″W / 38.979488°N 92.562355°W / 38.979488; -92.562355.[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land.

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