Harrisonville in Cass County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Midway on Missouri's western border, Cass County was organized in 1835 and named Van Buren. The Free-Soil Party affiliation of Martin Van Buren led to name change, in 1849 for Democrat Lewis Cass. In territory ceded by Osage tribes 1825, the county was first settled 1828, by David Creek. Early pioneers were mainly from Ky., Tenn., Va.
Harrisonville, the county seat, was laid out 1837, and named for Albert G. Harrison, Mo. Congressman. The 1897 courthouse is the county's third. Pleasant Hill, the second town founded, was laid out 1844 near store opened by "Blois," a French Canadian, 1833.
Torn by strife in the 1854-59 Mo.-Kan. Border War, Cass was one of the counties named in Thomas Ewing's Order No. 11. Issued Aug. 25, 1863, to curb guerrilla warfare, it forced people from their homes except in or near Union~held Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville. Near Freeman is the site of the "Battle of Morristown," where about 500 men under Union Colonel H.P. Johnson, who was killed, routed some 100 State Guards led by Col. H.I. Irvin, Sept., 1861. Resettlement brought the county a 19,296 pop. by 1870.
County of handsome livestock and grain farms, Cass is in Missouri's Western Prairie Region. During 1865~1904, the Mo.Pac.; M.K.T; K.C.So.; C.R.I. & Pac.; Frisco; K.C., Clinton & Spfd.
In 1872 the county was victimized by a county court railroad bond swindle. Two of the guilty officials, out on bond, and a friend, attempting to leave, were killed by a mob which boarded their train at Gunn City. No one was ever punished. It took some 50 years to pay off the bond debt.
At Belton is buried temperance agitator Carry (Moore) Nation (1846~1911). Her grave marker states "She hath done what she could." In Pleasant Hill post office is Tom Lea's mural "Back Home April, 1865." Buried in cemetery there are Confed. Gen. Hiram S. Bledsoe and Caroline Abbott Stanley, the author of novel "Order No. 11," and there lived Mo. geologist Garland Carr Broadhead (1827~1912) and political scientist James A. Smith (1860~1924). Musician Robert Russell Bennett lived near Freeman as a youth.
Erected 1959 by State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Missouri, State Historical Society of marker series.
Location. 38° 39.281′ N, 94° 20.911′ W. Marker is in Harrisonville, Missouri, in Cass County. Marker is on East Wall Street, on the left Touch for map. The marker is at the Northwest corner of the Courthouse Square in Harrisonville. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 East Wall Street, Harrisonville MO 64701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harrisonville WWI Memorial (a few steps from this marker); United We Stand Divided We Fall (within shouting distance of this marker); General Order No. 11 (within shouting distance of this marker); Jennison’s Jayhawks raid Harrisonville Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Lest We Forget (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Burnt District Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Burnt District Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wayside Rest (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisonville.
Also see . . .
1. Cass County, Missouri. This is the official link to Cass County Missouri. (Submitted on June 26, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
2. Harrisonville Courthouse District National Register Application. This link describes the history and architecture of the Historic District including the Courthouse. (Submitted on June 26, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
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