THE 19TH CENTURY FOUNDING AND CONSOLIDATION OF THIS AREA
- THE GRATIOT LEAGUE SQUARE The very first
beginning settlements in the area of Dogtown go back to the land grant of Charles Gratiot which dates
back to 1785. In the story in this file you will read of the impact of Charles Gratiot and his
family in the development of Dogtown.
- THE MUEGGE FAMILY AND ALBERT MUEGGE'S
WATERCOLORS OF EARLY CHELTENHAM The story of the
Muegge family and its contribution to early Dogtown, and digital copies of colored
photos of the water colors Albert Muegge did of this area in the 19th century.
- Map and List of the Mines of Cheltenham (Dogtown) Dogtown
(Cheltenham) was settled as a mining community with the making of bricks central to it. This file contains
a map of the location of mines. The list following the map contains a great deal of information
on the various mines. This information is relevant to both the 19th and early 20th century history of the area.
- GITTINS HOTEL in 19th Century
- A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE OAKLAND AREA by
- Discussion of many aspects of the brick industries of this area
- 1875 MAP OF CHELTENHAM This is the area from Tamm to Mackland,
and from Wilson Ave. (just about where I44 is now) to about Clayton Ave. I present this map first in its
whole, then in several close-ups to analyze some things about Cheltenham of this period.
- The Cheltenham Icarian Settlement: 1859-1864
Various essays about the French utopian communistic society which settled in early Cheltenham.
- Newspaper article from May 3, 1916 on
the finding of castet on former Sublette property
- A few essays of Louis Schmidt which are especially interesting to this period. I am deeply indebted
to Louis Schmidt for his foundation work on Dogtown on which I have built. Louis is now retired and living in Branson, but he was
born and raised on Brock, just up the hill from Dale. A few years ago he began working on Dogtown history
and has allowed me to post lots of his work here. See
the full list of his essays at Louis' special page. I do apologize that I have just not had
the time to transpose Louis' essays from their "all caps" formate into regular type. For this period of the 19th century I call attention especially to
- The Gratiot League Square Louis Schmidt
situates the time period and historical situation of the huge land grant (Gratiot League Square) given
to Charles Gratiot. Schmidt follows the division of the land until one arrives at the area of
- Bill Sublette and his propety in Cheltenham These are
notes about William Sublette taken from the main book written about him. Schmidt selects passages that
are concerned about the property he owned in the Cheltenham area and the development of both
Sulphur Springs and the racetrack that was there.
- William Sublette: Death, Will and Legacy
- The Confederate Raid on Dogtown in the Civil War
During the Civil War, on September 29, 1864
there was a Confederate raid on the Federal Post Office at Muegge's Store at the corner of
Dale and Manchester in Dogtown. Louis Schmidt not only reports on the story, but speculates about
the larger ramifications of Confederate activity in Missouri at that period.