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By William Fischer, Jr., May 28, 2011
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Missouri (Buchanan County), Iatan — Wetland Habitats of the Past — Little Bean Marsh Conservation Area — The Journey of Lewis & Clark
July 4th Wednesday (1804) ...proceeded on, passed the mouth of a Bayeau lading from a large Lake on the S.S. which has the appearance of being once the bed of the river & reaches parrelel for several Miles... William Clark Traveling up the . . . — Map (db m44569) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Lewis and Clark State Park — Lewis and Clark in Missouri
Missouri was a beginning and end for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Planned by President Thomas Jefferson and carried out by the two captains and a large crew, the expedition is a keystone American event. When the United States took ownership of . . . — Map (db m44590) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Lewis and Clark State Park — The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri
The land that would become Missouri and 14 other western states was acquired by the United States in the greatest land acquisition in American history: the Louisiana Purchase. By the stroke of a pen, President Thomas Jefferson ensured the country . . . — Map (db m44615) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Lewis and Clark State Park — The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri
"Groops of Shrubs covered with the most delicious froot is to be seen in every direction, and nature appears to have exerted herself to butify the Senery by the variety of flours [flowers] Delicately and highly flavered raised above the Grass, . . . — Map (db m44624) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — "Queen of the River Towns • King of the Trails" — St. Joseph, Missouri — Great America VI
[Mural depicting St. Joe's history] August 24, 2014 Sam Welty, Artist — Map (db m79252) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — "Saddle and Mochila"
On April 3, 1860 the eastern Pony Express mail arrived by train and it was late. To save time the Pony Express Company which was located in the Patee House at 12th and Penn Streets had the mail taken directly to the post office. The post office was . . . — Map (db m47480) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — A Path To Freedom — Finding refuge across the river
Just south of Fort Smith hundreds of slaves escaped by crossing the frozen Missouri River during the winter of 1862-1863. Once in eastern Kansas, the slaves would move on to Iowa, Chicago, and other points north. Slavery in Missouri generally . . . — Map (db m79287) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Ballinger Building — Queen Ann[e] — 1889
Designed by Joseph H. Bennett. Constructed by Isaac Ballinger. Walter Cronkite's father had his dentistry office here. — Map (db m66384) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Brian Jay Bradbury — May 1, 1984 - June 21, 2006
Fire Support Specialist 71st Calvary [sic] Regiment 3rd Brigade Combat Team 10th Mountain Division Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan The Littlest Soldier with the Biggest Heart Greater love hath no [man] than this, that he . . . — Map (db m55835) WM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Buchanan County Courthouse — Neo-Classical — 1876
Situated on "Council Hill". In 1882 Bob and Charlie Ford were tried here and sentenced to hang for the shooting of Jesse James. ——————— Saint Joseph Landmark — Map (db m66417) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — C. B. & Q. 5614 Steam Locomotive
• Built July, 1937 in West Burlington, Iowa by C.B.&Q. at a cost of $99,285.00 • Weight 288 Tons or 576,000 lbs. • Class 0-5-B Northern Type • Used in Passenger and Freight Service • Later Improvements Totaled $107,525.00 • . . . — Map (db m47491) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Christ Episcopal Church — Gothic Revival — 1877
The west window was given in memory of Virginia Motter Davis by her husband and sons. Saint Joseph Landmark — Map (db m66392) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Coleman Randolph "Hawk" Hawkins — November 21, 1904 - May 19, 1969 — "Body and Soul"
Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Coleman Hawkins got his first saxophone at age nine and was traveling coast to coast, recording with Mamie Smith and the Jazz Hounds while still in his teens. Credited with making the sax a solo jazz instrument, . . . — Map (db m66410) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — David Johnson Heaton
Born in Phil. Pa. Dec. 6, 1808, Died in St. Joseph Mo. Apr. 28, 1898 Aged 89 years. United with the M. E. Church in 1834. A member of the I.O.O.F. from 1850 till death. In June 1827, became a professional undertaker and funeral . . . — Map (db m66453) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Donnell Court Building — Neo-Classical — 1902
Robert Washington Donnell, one of the first settlers of the Platte Purchase, was instrumental in organizing the Bank of the State of Missouri and securing St. Joseph's position as the eastern terminus of the Pony Express. — Map (db m66385) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Eugene Field's Lovers Lane
"... a proper horse goes slow In those leafy aisles where Cupid smiles In Lover's Lane, Saint Jo." - Eugene Field Lovers Lane, beginning where 18th Street meets Grand Avenue and extending a mile and a half to the northeast until it . . . — Map (db m66457) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Fort Smith — The Union's hope to hold St. Joseph
Fort Smith was erected in September 1861 as a Union fortification. St. Joseph was of great importance to preservation of the United States and the security of the goldfields of California for the war effort. A military presence in St. Joseph . . . — Map (db m79280) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — German-American Bank — Richarsonian Romanesque — 1889
Designed by Eckel and Mann. The bank's owners were members of the German Krug family who were noted for their philanthropy. ——————— This property has been placed on the National Register of . . . — Map (db m66416) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Jesse James Home
Outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed in this house April 3, 1882. It was then at 1318 Lafayette on the hill above Patee House. It was moved here in 1977. — Map (db m58835) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Joseph Robidoux — City Founder — 1783 - 1868
Near this site the French fur trader Joseph Robidoux established a trading post in 1826 while it was still Indian territory. Robidoux and his family oversaw a far-ranging fur trading empire. The Platte Purchase of 1837 added the six county . . . — Map (db m47468) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Joseph Robidoux at Roy's Branch

Joseph Robidoux, founder of St. Joseph, was the leader of a French-Canadian fur trading family which sent men out to trade with the Indians along the Missouri River and as far west as today's Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. From his first . . . — Map (db m91000) HM

Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Kirkpatrick Building — Beaux Arts — 1923
Built by W. F. Kirkpatrick whose jewelry company was known for its fine silver. — Map (db m66391) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Krug Building — Queen Anne — 1904
Upper floors were originally leased to dentists and physicians while Krumm Florist and Haefli Real Estate occupied the main floor. — Map (db m66393) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Missouri Valley Trust Company — Commercial Italianate — 1859
Oldest building west of the Mississippi River to function continuously as a bank This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Saint Joseph . . . — Map (db m47475) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Mount Mora Cemetery
On April 1, 1846, Simeon Kemper obtained a United States government patent for one hundred sixty acres at $1.25 per acre. Four years later, Kemper took two partners, Israel Landis and Reuben Middleton, who paid him almost $200 per acre for their . . . — Map (db m66373) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — No Turning Back
Too young and naοve 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 . . . — Map (db m55832) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Our Confederate Dead — 1861 - 1865
[Title is text] — Map (db m66375) WM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Patee House — Company & Division Headquarters, Original Home Station — Apr. 3 1860 - Sep. 13, 1861
The Patee House was the Pony Express Company's Eastern Headquarters from April 3, 1860 to September 13, 1861. The company's official name was "The Central Overland California and Pike's Peak Express Company." John Patee built the hotel from . . . — Map (db m47398) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Patee House - 1858 — The Pony Express
Patee House – 1858 In this National Historic Landmark were located the offices of the Pony Express, founded by Russell, Majors & Waddell; the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad and the Civil War offices of the U.S. Provost Marshall. [sic] . . . — Map (db m47444) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Patee Park Baptist Church
Patee Park Baptist Church is the second oldest Baptist Church in St. Joseph. It began as a Sunday School in 1881 under the leadership of H.G. Walker, an active leader in the First Baptist Church of St. Joseph. It was organized as a church . . . — Map (db m48080) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Peace Officers Memorial
[Numerous memorials to fallen officers, including] Joseph H. Killion Patrolman - SJPD Crushed By A Train In The Line of Duty Died June 14, 1917 Greater Love Hath No Man Than This, That a Man Lay Down His Life For His . . . — Map (db m55836) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Pioneer Building — Georgian Revival — 1872, Facade Rebuilt 1929
Originally known as the Tootle Opera House. Once regarded as the finest theater west of the Mississippi River. — Map (db m66389) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Pony Express — 1860 - 1861
On this site, April 3, 1860, a ferry carrying a horse and rider crossed the Missouri River to start a 10 day journey of 1,966 miles to deliver mail to Sacramento, California. The race against time, elements and a hostile land captured the spirit . . . — Map (db m47470) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Pony Express Stable
1,996 miles in 10 days. A daring horseback relay mail service connects the nation. The Vision of the Pony Express In January 1860. William H. Russell, Alexander Majors, and William B. Waddell, right, (partners in the freighting firm . . . — Map (db m122600) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Replica of the Statue of Liberty
With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of these United States The Boy Scouts of America dedicate this copy of the Statue of Liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and and loyalty . . . — Map (db m55726) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Saint Joseph
(Front): Renowned city of the Pony Express, St. Joseph was first settled as a trading post for the American Fur Company by Joseph Robidoux, 1826. Later he acquired the site and laid out a town in 1843. St. Joseph became an outfitting point . . . — Map (db m4989) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — SPC Edward "Eddie" Lee Myers — June 12, 1984 - July 27, 2005
Killed in Action Operation Iraqi Freedom United States Army 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga “I made the ultimate sacrifice for you” — Map (db m55833) WM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — SPC Joshua James "Josh" Munger — May 6, 1983 - November 2, 2005
. . . — Map (db m55834) WM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — St. Joseph — The Union's Linchpin to the West
In 1860, the United States stood on the brink of Civil War. Following the election of Abraham Lincoln as America's 16th President, states began seceding from the United States to form a new nation, the Confederate States of America. In April . . . — Map (db m79274) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — St. Michael's Prairie / The Lewis and Clark Expedition
St. Michael's Prairie St. Michael’s Prairie, the site where St. Joseph would be established, was identified on maps at least as early as 1792. French explorers and trappers had been traveling up and down the Missouri River since the early . . . — Map (db m47472) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The Boder Building
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m47476) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The California - Oregon Trail — 1840s & 1850s
Each spring thousands of emigrants camped in these hills and meadows waiting for new grass to support their teams along the trail. Wagons lined St. Joseph streets to the east waiting for two to three days to be ferried from this point. The settlers . . . — Map (db m47467) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The Civil War in St. Joseph — A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri
On April 3, 1860, the Pony Express started from this neighborhood on its historic run to the West. Eight months after the Pony Express joined East and West, the country split North to South when South Carolina seceded. Missouri, including St. . . . — Map (db m48063) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The First Pony Express
This monument erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution and The City of St. Joseph marks the place where the first Pony Express started on April 3, 1860 — Map (db m47492) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The Journey West
After the 1848 discovery of gold in California, more than 100,000 sturdy Americans passed through St. Joseph on their way west in quest of wealth, opportunity and better lives. The "Gold Rush" began and those who followed the "Star of Empire" . . . — Map (db m47479) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The Lewis and Clark Expedition

In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired . . . — Map (db m89212) HM

Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The Men of the Corps of Discovery / The Lewis and Clark Expedition
The Men of the Corps of Discovery During the winter of 1803, Lewis and Clark set up camp opposite the mouth of the Missouri River. Here they drilled and trained their men to prepare them for the task ahead. All of the men had been selected . . . — Map (db m79291) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The One-Room Schoolhouse
For nearly 250 years the country school was the backbone of American education. These simple buildings often served as school, chapel, town hall and community center. One-room schoolhouses were the most common type of schools in the Midwest . . . — Map (db m122675) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The Patee House
The Patee House has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site posseses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of . . . — Map (db m47443) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The Patee House In The Civil War — A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri
The Hotel Patee House opened in 1858 as St. Joseph’s finest hotel. It later served as the national Pony Express headquarters, the local Union Army headquarters, a women’s college and a factory. The building is now a National Historic Landmark. . . . — Map (db m47441) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The Pony Express — by — Albert Fales
A stone from the U.S. Post Office 1898 - 1940 — Map (db m47466) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — The Pony Express — St. Joseph, Missouri
The National Significance of the Pony Express The Pony Express ran from April 3, 1860, until the transcontinental telegraph was completed in October, 1861. The Pony Express proved that the Central Route to California could be traveled all . . . — Map (db m79289) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — Transcontinental Telegraph — Electrical Engineering Milestone
Between July 4 and October 24, 1861, a telegraph line was constructed by the Western Union Company between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, thereby completing the first high-speed communications line between the Atlantic and . . . — Map (db m47465) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — War Memorial
. . . — Map (db m55771) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — William Mitchelhill — August 27th 1870 - May 7th 1915 — In Memoriam
Lost at sea, in the sinking of the "S.S. Lusitania" off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, on May 7th 1915 — Map (db m66455) HM
Missouri (Buchanan County), Saint Joseph — World War Memorial
In honor of those who answered their country's call during The Great World War 1917 - 1918 — Map (db m66376) WM
Missouri (Buchanan County), St Joseph — Patee Town
John Patee came to St. Joseph in 1845 and opened the city's first drugstore at the corner of of Main and Francis Streets. He purchased 320 acres, platted what was known as "Patee Town" and began selling building lots in 1849. He later built the . . . — Map (db m22072) HM

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