California in Moniteau County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Smith - Burke Park
Circa 1858, after tracks were laid through California, the Missouri Pacific Railroad built the Central Hotel to house railroad employees. Later, Dr. J.P. Burke, a local doctor who practiced medicine in California for about 50 years, purchased the property and resided in the structure along with his family, which maintained residency until 1968. The property was purchased in 1990 by California Progress, Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to the future of California, Missouri, in order to build a park in memory of the Central Hotel and Dr. J.P. Burke for their contributions to the community.
California Progress, Inc. wishes to thanks the following for their generous donations to this project:
Dr. Jack Child • Ida Margeret Eitzen • Leslie E. Morginson-Eitzen • Jana Beale Morgana
Erected by California Progress, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
Location. 38° 37.727′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: California MO 65018, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Farmers and Traders Bank (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); California Aurora School Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eisenhower Green Ash (approx. half a mile away); Moniteau County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away).
Also see . . .
1. California, Missouri - Parks & Pools. (Submitted on January 8, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. About California, Missouri. (Submitted on January 8, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 8, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.