St. Clairsville, February 8

A letter from St. Louis, Upper Louisiana, dated on the 21st December, states that the earthquake on the morning of the 16th December threw down a number of chimneys and split several stone houses.  The letter contains the following paragraph respecting a VOLCANO in that section of OUR country.

“On the margin of several of our rivers pumice and other volcanic matter is found.  At the base of some of the highest of the Black Mountains, stone covers the earth, bearing marks of the violent action of fire.  Within 30 miles of the great Osage village, on the head waters of their river, and 180 miles from this town, it is said that a volcano had ceased to burn for the last three years, and it is thought to have now broke out in some quarter of our country.”

Made possible by the Rivers Institute and the
History Department of Hanover College.


How to cite this article:  "St. Clairsville, February 8," Liberty Hall (Cincinnati, Ohio), 26 Feb. 1812, p. 2, available at