House on Rich Man’s Hill
Porth House is one of the few Jefferson City homes that date before the Civil War
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The intersection of Bolivar and Main streets in Jefferson City has been a bustling commercial district for going on two centuries.
William Porth was one of the earliest residents in what would be referred to as “Rich Man’s Hill” and later “Richmond’s Hill.”
His home was built on the tall hill at the southeast corner of the intersection, which greeted travelers crossing the Missouri River bridge at Bolivar Street in the 1800s.
Labor from the Missouri State Penitentiary was used to shrink the hill to prevent accidents by runaway wagons.