Early 19th century
It was the first half of the 19th century and the American Frontier beckoned to those who dreamed of the new beginnings and better life that reportedly lay west of the Mississippi River. The Henry Bingham family, including their son George Caleb, of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, was among the hardy souls hoping for a better life. In 1819, they moved to the burgeoning town of Franklin, Missouri. In just a handful of years, Franklin disappeared into the Missouri River almost as quickly as it had been created. Undeterred in their quest to settle, displaced residents, including the Binghams, helped found nearby Arrow Rock in 1829.