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Saint Joseph in Buchanan County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

No Turning Back

 
 
No Turning Back Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2011
1. No Turning Back Marker
Inscription.


Too young and na´ve
to think they could fail
Too full of visions
for the end of the trail
They stored their silk dresses
and donned calico
To join in the cry
of Westward Ho

Their diaries tell
of the endless hours
The vast sea of grass
and bounty of wildflowers
They tell of the children
conceived and born
and of those who were buried
in the gray, silent morn

Still, the wagons rolled on
and the ruts got deeper
The column moved westward
as the route got steeper
Teams dropped from exhaustion
in the summer heat
As the emigrants pressed on
defying defeat

They met Indians who were friends
and many that were foe
They saw days of drought
and blinding snow
Only one thing was certain
along this wagon track

There was absolutely-
No Turning Back

- by Veryl Goodnight

 
Location. 39° 46.136′ N, 94° 50.798′ W. Marker is in Saint Joseph, Missouri, in Buchanan County. Marker is at the intersection of Frederick Avenue (Business Interstate 29) and Faraon Street, on the right when traveling north on Frederick Avenue. Touch for map. Monument is about
No Turning Back Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2011
2. No Turning Back Monument
City Hall in background
100 feet north of City Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MO 64501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peace Officers Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); War Memorial (about 400 feet away); SPC Edward "Eddie" Lee Myers (about 500 feet away); SPC Joshua James "Josh" Munger (about 500 feet away); Brian Jay Bradbury (about 500 feet away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (about 600 feet away); The Pony Express (about 700 feet away); Krug Building (approx. ╝ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Joseph.
 
Also see . . .
1. St. Joseph - Jumping Off to the West. (Submitted on May 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Origins of the Oregon Trail. (Submitted on May 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & Settlers
 
No Turning Back Statue image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2011
3. No Turning Back Statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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