Who is Missouri’s most famous artist? Thomas Hart Benton? Charles Russell? George Caleb Bingham? No, none of them, or many others you might name. One man’s works have been seen and loved by more people than even know Benton, Bingham, and Russell existed. One man’s wealth, monetary and otherwise, has far exceeded the wealth of the others. His fame began when he drew a mouse. This man is Walt Disney, of course, whose family bought a farm near Marceline while he was still a child.

AOWM – September 19