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Near Liberty in Clay County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Liberty Landing

 
 
The Liberty Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tony Meyers, August 20, 2011
1. The Liberty Landing Marker
Inscription.  The Liberty Landing, also known as Baxter’s Landing, located at the base of the bluffs one half mile west of Missouri 291 Highway, played a significant role in the history and development of Liberty, Missouri as well as Clay County. In use from 1829 until the 1890’s, the landing was much more than a tie up location for keelboats and riverboats. A settlement flourished that included a hemp factory with rope walk, tobacco warehouse, livery stables, vineyard with winery, hotel, post office and at least seven houses. An 1877 map shows a town with thirty-five lots laid out. As trains replaced steamboats as the favored mode of transportation, the landing was abandoned. In 1906 the United States Government blew the rings used to tie up steamboats out of the rocks. Little is left of the landing due to development of the area.

Photograph courtesy of the Clay County Archives Museum and Library, Inc. Research by Christopher Harris. This historic exhibit was donated by the Liberty Sertoma Club.
 
Erected by The Liberty, Missouri Sertoma Club.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels
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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
 
Location. 39° 12.38′ N, 94° 22.998′ W. Marker is near Liberty, Missouri, in Clay County. Marker can be reached from Old Missouri 210, half a mile east of Missouri Hiway 291. This marker is located in the Fountain Bluff Sports Complex in Liberty, Missouri (in the north-east portion of the park near a path leading to the soccer fields). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Liberty MO 64068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri (within shouting distance of this marker); The Liberty Spring (approx. 3.2 miles away); Kansas City to Liberty to Excelsior Springs Interurban Depot (approx. 3.2 miles away); Col. John Thornton (approx. 3.3 miles away); Methodist Episcopal Church Founded 1822 (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lucy A. Ward Love (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lewis and Clark Mural (approx. 3.3 miles away); Founding Fathers (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Liberty.
 
The Liberty Landing - Close up of photo on marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tony Meyers, August 20, 2011
2. The Liberty Landing - Close up of photo on marker
The Liberty Landing Marker at the Fountain Bluff Sports Complex. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tony Meyers, August 20, 2011
3. The Liberty Landing Marker at the Fountain Bluff Sports Complex.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2011, by Tony Meyers of Liberty, Missouri. This page has been viewed 1,323 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 28, 2011, by Tony Meyers of Liberty, Missouri. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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