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Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

McCoy's Trading Post

 
 
McCoy Trading Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, July 12, 2009
1. McCoy Trading Post Marker
Inscription. Near this point John McCoy built a log trading post in 1833 which launched the settlement of Westport, with the town becoming the westernmost point of American civilization. From Westport, the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon Trails reached out as tentacles of the nation's growth, extending to the Pacific Coast and into Mexico. Westport's street's, shops and hotels bustled with traders, trappers, missionaries, Indians and gold prospectors forging west. Kit Carson, Jim Bridger and John Sutter were among those of Westport who earned a place in history.

Across the street north was Harris House, a hotel whose roof was used as an observation post in 1864 by General Samuel Curtis during the Battle of Westport as his Union forces engaged Confederate troops commanded by General Sterling Price.

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Grant
 
Erected by The Westport Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, the Oregon Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 3.158′ N, 94° 35.491′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Westport Road, on the right when traveling north on Pennsylvania Avenue. Click for map. Marker is
McCoy Trading Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, July 12, 2009
2. McCoy Trading Post Marker
Area shot of the marker
at or near this postal address: 435 Westport Road, Kansas City MO 64111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The French and the Santa Fe Trail (here, next to this marker); The Albert G. Boone Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Site of Harris House (within shouting distance of this marker); Action Before Westport (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Trails West (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexander Majors (about 400 feet away); John Calvin McCoy (about 500 feet away); James Bridger (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the west side of the building. Westport is an entertainment district and parking is at a premium on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
Also see . . .
1. Westport Historical Society. This is the link to the group responsible for the marker. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

2. Santa Fe Historical Trail. Take a journey between western Missouri and Santa Fe on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail - link provided by the National Park Service. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

3. Legends of America. History, Information, Maps, etc., of the Santa Fe Trail. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

4. "With Each Turn of the Wheel". KMNE – Channel 5 production. This video is almost an hour, so allow time. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

5. Map of Oregon Trail. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
6. Mileposts Along the Oregon Trail. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
7. Oregon National Historical Trail. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
8. California National HistoricalTrail. This is the National Park Service Link on the California Trail (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 
 
Additional keywords. Santa Fe Trail Oregon Trail California Trail
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,624 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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