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Washington in Franklin County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Gravesite of Washington's Founder

Lucinda Owens

 
 
Gravesite of Washington's Founder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, October 6, 2018
1. Gravesite of Washington's Founder Marker
Inscription. William Owens realized the potential for a town at the site of "Washington Landing" on the Missouri River. He purchased property including the landing and began to sell city lots as early as 1829.

Owens' murder in 1834 led to his estate being sold at auction. His window, Lucinda Cowherd Owens purchased the land that would comprise the city. On May 29, 1839, aided by her son-in-law, John F. Mense, she filed a plat at the county establishing the site as Washington. Unearthed during a project to better document burials, the monument of William Owens was reinstalled here on his gravesite in 2012. The Washington Historical Society funded an identical monument erected on Lucinda's grave. The project was completed as a memorial to our city's founders during Washington's 175th Anniversary.
2014

 
Erected 2014.
 
Location. 38° 33.134′ N, 91° 0.183′ W. Marker is in Washington, Missouri, in Franklin County. Marker is on Missouri Route 47 south of East 5th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 East Fifth Street, Washington MO 63090, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Honor and Memory of Those Who Served in the Korean War
Monuments for William and Lucinda Owens in addition to the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, October 6, 2018
2. Monuments for William and Lucinda Owens in addition to the marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Bassora Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Marie Krog House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Log House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Unnerstall Flag Plaza (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 15 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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