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Boonville in Cooper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hannah Cole's Fort
 
Hannah Cole's Fort Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
1. Hannah Cole's Fort Marker
 
Inscription.
In 1810 Hannah Cole and her nine children crossed the Missouri River and built a cabin on the site of Boonville, thus becomig the first white settlers south of the river.

After repeated Indian trouble in 1814 it was deemed necessary to build a fort at Hannah Cole's place. The position of the fort on the bluff directly north from this marker, assured protection, water supply, and means of escape in the event of Indian attacks. Upon its completion all white settlers south of the river moved into the fort. The bluff or near-promontory that projected slightly over the Missouri River, was blasted away to make way for the railroad.

Hannah Cole's cabin served as the first church (1811), first school (1817), and first voting booth (1819) in the area. The fort served as a hospital, trading post, hostelry for hunters and protection parties, and was named the first county seat of Howard County in 1816.
 
Erected 1984 by Boonslick Historical Society Association of Howard and Cooper Counties MO.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers with Artwork marker series.
 
Location. 38° 58.669′ N, 92° 43.885′ W. Marker is in Boonville, Missouri, in Cooper County. Marker is on Morgan Street
 
Hannah Cole's Fort Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
2. Hannah Cole's Fort Marker
 
, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is north across Morgan Street from the Boonville Correctional Center grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Boonville MO 65233, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Boonville (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Boonville (within shouting distance of this marker); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cooper County Korea - Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Capture of Boonville (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cooper County World War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Thespian Hall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Capture of Union Troops (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Boonville.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Boonville, Missouri. (Submitted on August 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Hannah Cole Exemplified Pioneer Spirit. (Submitted on August 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Hannah Cole Chapter, D.A.R. (Submitted on August 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. The Cole Family Association. (Submitted on August 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
 
Hannah Cole's Fort Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
3. Hannah Cole's Fort Marker
Looking west on Morgan Street
 
 
Depiction of Hannah Cole's Fort Photo, Click for full size
Artist Conception by Stephanie Witte, undated
4. Depiction of Hannah Cole's Fort
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 609 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.
 
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