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.
Location. 38° 37.727′ N, 92° 34.037′ W. Marker is in California, Missouri, in Moniteau County. Marker is on Versailles Avenue west of Oak Street (Missouri Route 87), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: California MO 65018, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Farmers and Traders Bank 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 8, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.