Charles F. Lohman was born to a merchant family in Prussia in 1818. He served in the German army, then immigrated to the United States in the 1840s. Although originally intending to travel to the state of California, Lohman was convinced to stay in a small town that was in the middle of Kansas City and St. Louis. He and his wife, Henrietta, settled near the Missouri River, and Lohman established a trading post he called Lohman’s Store.
The area quickly came to be known as Lohman’s Landing, until it was officially named Jefferson City. Since all goods entering Jefferson City via the Missouri River had to go through Lohman’s Store, Lohman maintained a successful and profitable business until the railroad replaced boats as the main means of transportation.← Simonsen, Ernst Gordon, Thorpe →