Michael Dickey, the site administrator at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site, provides a rich narrative of Arrow Rock's rise in political and economic prowess, its decline after the Civil War, and its rebirth in the twenty century as a major historic site visited by nearly 200,000 people annually. Dickey's work is the most comprehensive history of Arrow Rock ever published and will stand as the primary reference for years to come.
Located at the crossroads of the Missouri River and the Santa Fe Trail, Arrow Rock represents a microcosm of Missouri's frontier experience. Here unfolded the pageant of Native American occupation, European exploration, conflict and commerce, westward immigration and town founding. By the mid-19th century, Arrow Rock was one of the busiest trade centers on the lower Missouri River. Today it is a quaint village that beckons travelers to discover the past of Missouri's Frontier.
Michael Dickey has been employed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, since 1985. He became the administrator of Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Sappington Cemetery, and Boone’s Lick State Historic Site in 1995. His articles have appeared in various historical publications, and he is a frequent speaker at workshops and public forums.
Published by the Friends of Arrow Rock, paperback, 2004. 299 pages.