Lewis and Clark blazed their trail through here, and Daniel Morgan Boone, son of frontiersman Daniel Boone, laid out the city. Rooted in history, Jefferson City is the Capitol of Missouri and a thriving Midwest destination. It is also located in the Midwest’s wine-producing region known as the Missouri Rhineland, and it was named America’s “Most Beautiful Small Town” by Rand McNally in 2013. If you are looking for apartments in Jefferson City, get ready to be surprised! There’s more to this city than meets the eye.
Historic sites abound in Jefferson City, including the Missouri State Penitentiary, opened in 1836 and decommissioned in 2004. It is the oldest continually-operating penitentiary west of the Mississippi. Lincoln University was established in 1866 by African-American Civil War veterans. Today, it enrolls about 3,000 students and is known for its diversity. The university’s hilltop campus is a historic district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Jefferson Landing State Historic Site is the area located at the base of Jefferson Street. It is the first area settled in Jefferson City and the original river landing. The structures along here date back to 1839, and it is the oldest riverfront landing on the Missouri River.
While downtown, stop by the Capitol Building, completed in 1918, then visit the Lewis and Clark Trailhead Plaza with its monument commemorating Lewis and Clark’s 1804 encampment in the area.
With so much happening, renting apartments in Jefferson City puts new residents in the heart of Midwestern history.