French BottomsThu, Jun 28, 2018 in Travel
French Bottoms, an area of river bottom along the Missouri River near St. Joseph, was by settlers from France as early as the 1850s. The flood of 1952 damaged many buildings but also changed the course of the river, cutting off access from the rest of the state of Missouri. To reach the area today one must drive across a bridge into Kansas and then a couple of miles north back into virtual enclave.
Rosecrans Municipal Airport was created in 1939 in the area and named after Sgt Guy Wallace Rosecrans, the only airman from nearby St. Joseph killed in World War I, and it became an army airfield as well shortly thereafter. Scheduled airline service ended in 1969 but the airport remains active, primarily in use by the Missouri Air National Guard.