Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
John Calvin McCoy
Historians have called McCoy “the father of Kansas City”. In 1833 he platted a town around the trading post he built on lot No. 1 (northeast corner of Westport Road and Pennsylvania). Calling it “West Port,” Missouri, he became the first postmaster in 1834. In 1839, as a member of the Town Company which bought 257 acres at Westport’s landing of the Missouri River, he platted the Town of Kansas, Missouri (now Kansas City). McCoy, a surveyor, came west with his father, Isaac McCoy, a Baptist Indian Missionary who was commissioned to mark boundaries of the land for Indian tribes being moved from the east. McCoy also surveyed Cantonment Leavenworth, and in 1854, the Town of Leavenworth, Kansas. But always, he was realtor and builder. McCoy is buried in Union Cemetery.
Erected 1987 by Native Sons, Kansas City, Missouri and the Westport Historical Society.
Location. 39° 3.219′ N, 94° 35.436′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Westport Road, in the median on Broadway Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance James Bridger (here, next to this marker); Alexander Majors (here, next to this marker); Three Trails West (a few steps from this marker); West Port, Missouri (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Site of Harris House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Action Before Westport (about 300 feet away); The Albert G. Boone Store (about 400 feet away); The French and the Santa Fe Trail (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Michael W. Kruse of Kansas City, Missouri. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Michael W. Kruse of Kansas City, Missouri. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.