Platte City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
William McClung Paxton
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. 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 Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. History of Platte City, Missouri. (Submitted on February 24, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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