Boonville in Cooper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hannah Cole's Fort
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.
Location. 38° 58.669′ N, 92° 43.885′ W. Marker is in Boonville, Missouri, in Cooper County. Marker is on Morgan Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is north across Morgan Street
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.
2. Hannah Cole Exemplified Pioneer Spirit.
3. Hannah Cole Chapter, D.A.R.
4. The Cole Family Association.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Man-Made Features • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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