Tower Rock rock formation along the Mississippi River in Perry County in Missouri. The infamous island is a well-known landmark along the major waterway. The earliest European mention of this island is by Jacques Marquette in 1673. Meriwether Lewis mentions the island in his journals, stating that rivermen who passed the rock would celebrate in a way similar to sailors crossing the equator, by raising a drink of spirits. Lutherans from Germany considered this island their Plymouth Rock, for here they landed, after seeking a place where they could practice religious freedom.
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