We send our sons and daughters overseas to fight battles with global ramifications. We dispatch our citizens to broker peace and trade agreements. But to think that world history can also be seen in our part of the country is pretty impressive.
For instance, tucked into the center of Fulton, Missouri (named for Robert Fulton, developer of the first commercial steamboat) is a majestic stone building (pictured below). The building is known as the Church of St. Mary Aldermanbury. The structure was first mentioned in 1181. That information alone causes one to wonder, doesn't it? Here, in a state that didn't exist as such until 1921, sits a structure built in the 12th century. How is such a thing possible?
The timeline begins with the church's mention in 1181 and its subsequent burning in the Great London Fire in 1666. After rebuilding, the structure was also bombed by Nazi Germany in World War 2 in 1940.