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

Platte City

William McClung Paxton

 
 
Platte City Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 12, 2012
1. Platte City Marker
Inscription.

Here in 1839, with the "Platte Purchase", some of many settlers from Kentucky joined to establish Platte City; one, an Attorney, Merchant, Farmer, Mill Operator, Abstractor, Banker, Public Administrator, Genealogist, Historian, Poet and Civic Leader was William McClung Paxton. Born March 2, 1819 in Mason County he settled in Martinsville, now Platte City. In 1840 he traveled to Kentucky to wed Mary Forman and together returned to Platte County. A devoted Presbyterian, he was also a dedicated Mason holding membership in several Masonic bodies. In 1897, he authored the "Annals of Platte County", a leading reference for county history from its exploration, with genealogies of its noted families and sketches of pioneers and distinguished people, accumulating an addendum until his death, July 21, 1916. By that time, he had witnessed, participated in and chronicled the evolution of Platte County and this city from a pristine wilderness to a modern civilization. For his contributions and labors, present and future generations owe him their gratitude.
 
Erected 2004 by Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City marker series.
 
Location.
Platte City Marker at Settlers Crossing Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 12, 2012
2. Platte City Marker at Settlers Crossing Park
39° 22.215′ N, 94° 47.023′ W. Marker is in Platte City, Missouri, in Platte County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and 1st Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at Settlers Crossing Park. Marker is in this post office area: Platte City MO 64079, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Guy B. Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Happy Trails (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Country Club Plaza (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Liberty Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away); Mouse Tale (approx. 5.7 miles away); Hale: The Firepole (approx. 5.7 miles away); Tribal Heritage (approx. 5.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Platte City.
 
Also see . . .
1. William McClung Paxton Collection at Kansas City Public Library. (Submitted on February 24, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Platte City, Missouri. (Submitted on February 24, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Settler Crossing Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 12, 2012
3. Settler Crossing Park Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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