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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bourbon County, Kansas

Clickable Map of Bourbon County, Kansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Bourbon County, KS (55) Allen County, KS (60) Anderson County, KS (5) Crawford County, KS (66) Linn County, KS (65) Neosho County, KS (25) Vernon County, MO (22)  BourbonCounty(55) Bourbon County (55)  AllenCounty(60) Allen County (60)  AndersonCounty(5) Anderson County (5)  CrawfordCounty(66) Crawford County (66)  LinnCounty(65) Linn County (65)  NeoshoCounty(25) Neosho County (25)  VernonCountyMissouri(22) Vernon County (22)
Fort Scott is the county seat for Bourbon County
Adjacent to Bourbon County, Kansas
      Allen County (60)  
      Anderson County (5)  
      Crawford County (66)  
      Linn County (65)  
      Neosho County (25)  
      Vernon County, Missouri (22)  
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1Kansas, Bourbon County, Bronson — Civil War Memorial
In memory of the Heroes of '61-'65. May the deeds of valor of them and their comrades forever inspire love of liberty and country.Map (db m71280) WM
2Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — "A Most Deplorable Condition"
I have now over 200 in camp, and they are in a most deplorable condition….I have a mother with her dying babe in my office. The rest are in camp, in a condition next to death. Most of them have no shelter….Your agent here has no funds, . . . Map (db m36270) HM
3Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — "But I Can Fire a Pistol"
"But remember this, I am a girl, but I can fire a pistol and if ever the time comes I will send some of you to the place where there is [sic] 'weeping and knashing of teeth'...." Gene Campbell, in a letter to James Montgomery, . . . Map (db m54075) HM
4Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — "Hardy, Dashing Looking Fellows"
"The commands are given, the companies break into column....hardy, dashing looking fellows, those men, tanned up in their march from Fort Scott, from whence they have just joined us....The men are nearly all quite young....They are mounted on . . . Map (db m36137) HM
5Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — "The Crack Post of the Frontier"
Look at the structures around the parade ground. Fort Scott’s appearance is largely the work of one man, Captain Thomas Swords, post quartermaster from 1842 to 1846. Shortly after the army assigned Swords to Fort Scott, he vowed that he would . . . Map (db m36185) HM
6Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — A National Cemetery System
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . Map (db m108813) HM
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7Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Back Yards
The back yards of Fort Scott's officers' quarters provided officers and their families private space that was not available to enlisted men. Back yards were the site of diversions such as gardening, gossiping, and entertaining. Archeology has . . . Map (db m36146) HM
8Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Bank of Fort Scott1886 — Fort Scott Historic District 1860 —
Constructed, owned and operated by C.F. Drake as the Bank of Ft. Scott from 1886 to 1905. Later used as real estate, commercial & retail offices.Map (db m44165) HM
9Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — C. F. Drake Building1886 — Fort Scott Historic District 1860 —
Const. as a mercantile building by Charles F. Drake and occupied by a variety of retail stores and professional offices since 1886.Map (db m44163) HM
10Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Call 911: Civil War Style
Today when we get hurt, we can call an ambulance and get whisked away to the hospital quickly. During the Civil War, they did not have the luxuries we do today. In the beginning of the war, there were not enough ambulances to carry all the . . . Map (db m128668) HM
11Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Civil War Town
"If you have reinforcements...send them forward. The point to defend Fort Leavenworth is in the neighborhood of Fort Scott." General Jim Lane to the commander of Fort Leavenworth, 1861 The army had vacated Fort Scott in 1853, but the . . . Map (db m36273) HM
12Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Combat Infantrymen
To Honor All Combat Infantrymen We were boys and we were young We became men on that hill we overrun Some of us lived, many of us died For a moment with us abide And join in prayer with me To honor those of the combat infantry . . . Map (db m44169) HM
13Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — David Lee Regan
This statue commemorates the life and legacy of David Lee Regan, the longtime coach who started the Fort Scott High School baseball program in 1990. With ordinary means, Coach Regan was an extraordinary man who touched the lives of numerous . . . Map (db m82234) HM
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14Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Eugene Ware Elementary School
. . . Map (db m44122) HM
15Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Flood LevelOctober 3rd 1986 — Key Industries, Inc. —
[Title is text]Map (db m80196) HM
16Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Fort Gardens
"A profusion of vegetables - beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, beans, turnips, and tomatoes - were harvested from (fort) garden plots." 'Broadax & Bayonet,' Francis Paul Prucha General order - "To promote the . . . Map (db m128650) HM
17Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Fort ScottFrom military outpost to thriving city
Fort Scott tells America's story during a critical time in its growth. When the fort was established, most of the nation's population lived east of the Mississippi. However, soon soldiers from Fort Scott would be part of westward . . . Map (db m128757) HM
18Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — 48 — Fort Scott
This western outpost, named for General Winfield Scott, was established by U.S. Dragoons in 1842. The fort was located on the military road that marked the "permanent Indian frontier" stretching from Minnesota to Louisiana and stood midway between . . . Map (db m78770) HM
19Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Fort Scott Civil War Memorial
Main marker upper The men in whose honor this monument is erected were led by the fires of Liberty. They fought for no North, no South, no East, no West, but for one glorious and united country. carving of G.A.R. . . . Map (db m22172) HM
20Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Fort Scott National Cemetery
This National Cemetery has been listed in The National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m61520) HM
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21Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Fort Scott National Cemetery
Civil War Fort Scott Fort Scott, founded 1842, was named for former commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army, Gen. Winfield Scott. The army abandoned the fort in 1853, but the Civil War prompted federal troops to return in 1862. Fort Scott . . . Map (db m108814) HM
22Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Fort Scott Spanish American War Memorial
In memory of Spanish American War Veterans 1898 -- 1902 One hundred percent volunteers Map (db m21795) HM
23Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Fort Scott Yesterday
"The site selected is a ridge seventy or eighty feet high projecting like a wedge into a dry timbered bottom....A fine stream of water flows at its base....We designated [the site] Camp Scott, and would respectfully suggest that the . . . Map (db m36305) HM
24Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Free to Learn
If you had been an African-American student standing here around 1950, you would have been facing your school, the Hawkins School (above). This school was part of a continuum of African-American education that began with the Civil War and . . . Map (db m36269) HM
25Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Gordon ParksPhotographer, film maker, writer, composer
Gordon Parks was born on November 20, 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas to Sarah and Andrew Jackson Parks. Gordon wrote, "Poppa was a dirt farmer who farmed mostly dirt, but he kept us alive and taught us about love and devotion." The youngest of 15 . . . Map (db m128781) HM
26Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Gordon Parks Homecoming1912 - 2006
Homecoming [Side A] This small town into which I was born, has, for me, grown into the largest, and most important city in the universe. For Scott is not as tall, or heralded as New York, Paris or London - or other places my feet have . . . Map (db m79845) HM
27Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Historic Fort Scott1842 - 1865
The blood that flowed in Kansas before and during the Civil War nourished the twin trees of Liberty and Union.Map (db m20284) HM
28Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — In Honored Memory
(top) In honored memory of those from Bourbon County who gave their lives (bottom) In memory of those who gave their lives that our nation might live. [The marker lists the veterans who lost their lives in World War . . . Map (db m20286) WM
29Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — In Memory of The Soldiersof the 1st Regiment Kansas Colored Volunteers
who gave their lives in battle May 18, 1863 near Sherwood, Missouri Henry Aggleson Pvt Co F Greene Allen Pvt Co H John Booth Pvt Co H Edward Cockerell Pvt Co E William Grisby Pvt Co D Frank Haze Pvt Co F Milton Johnson Pvt Co I . . . Map (db m116815) WM
30Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Infantry Life
This reconstructed infantry barracks, one of two at Fort Scott, serves to remind us of life for an infantry soldier here in the 1840s and 50s. During wartime, infantry fought on foot, but during peacetime, life in the infantry meant isolation, . . . Map (db m36186) HM
31Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Ingham BuildingPre 1906 — Fort Scott Historic District 1860 —
Queen Anne adaptation Ingham home for 80 years, site of family plumbing business succeeded by MacDonald's Shoe Shop.Map (db m57725) HM
32Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Jeannette Huntington Ware
1905 - 1906 First State Vice Regent of Kansas Society Daughters of the American RevolutionMap (db m44173) HM
33Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Medal of Honor
[Side A] 1st Lieut. William D. Hawkins United States Marine Corps Born: Fort Scott, Ks April 19, 1914 Battle of Tarawa: November 20-21, 1943 Buried: Punch Bowl National Cemetery, Hawaii Private George F. Pond Co. C, 3rd . . . Map (db m66811) WM
34Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Memorial Hall
1925 Memorial Hall was constructed and dedicated to "Those men and women who gave their lives serving our country in World War I" 2001 Memorial Hall is rededicated to "All of the men and women who have served, are now . . . Map (db m20309) WM
35Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Mercy Hospital Cross
Dedicated this day, June 2003 In memory of John F. Benage, MD The cross was originally donated by Dr. and Mrs. Benage To Mercy Hospital in 1989 "The cross should be a sign of hope and not of despair. It reminds us that Jesus Christ . . . Map (db m99464) HM
36Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Milrose Block1889 — Fort Scott Historic District 1860 —
Named for Rose Miller. Pressed Metal Facade. Roof Top Gazebo. Italian Renaissance Style.Map (db m44159) HM
37Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Moody Building1889 — Fort Scott Historic District 1860 —
Classic Revival - built for $20,000. Residential and retail bldg. for I.W. Moody owner Ft. Scott Granite & Marble Works Building listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m57765) HM
38Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Normal Victory Bell
. . . Map (db m61466) HM
39Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Quartermaster Complex
The quartermaster was the officer responsible for a multitude of functions needed to run a military post, including supply, subsistence, construction, and repair. Most of his operation took place here, in the area called the quartermaster complex. . . . Map (db m36171) HM
40Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Rank, Privilege, and Officers Row
To see evidence of the rigid military caste system in the Old Army, compare the substantial homes along Officers Row in front of you to the enlisted men's barracks behind you. A soldier's rank determined his position both professionally and . . . Map (db m36135) HM
41Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Richards Building1900 — Fort Scott Historic District 1860 —
Newspaper & commercial office building of Mr. Joseph Ralph Richards attorney, author, businessman & historianMap (db m57727) HM
42Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Sister Teresa Dolan
Foundress Sisters of Mercy of Kansas in 1886Map (db m80416) HM
43Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Site of Fort Henning
Built by U.S. Government, 1863.Map (db m44129) HM
44Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Star Clothing House1878 — Fort Scott Historic District 1860 —
Originally one story clothing store. Star pattern repeated in window keystones. Second floor added 1891 became bordello.Map (db m57766) HM
45Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Sutler Store
"Every military post shall have one Sutler, to be appointed by the Secretary of War." General Regulations for the Army of the United States, 1841 About 100 yards in front of you an engraved stone marks the location of Fort . . . Map (db m128685) HM
46Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Tallgrass Prairie Trail
"The immediate site of the post...opens out rapidly to the south in a beautifully undulating prairie." Assistant Surgeon Joseph K. Barnes, describing the Fort Scott landscape in 1862. Walk this short trail and imagine "the most . . . Map (db m36166) HM
47Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — The Heart of Fort Scott
"Fort Scott can boast of the handsomest Square in Kansas Territory." Fort Scott Democrat, praising the town plaza, April 5, 1860 The grassy square in front of you silently witnessed events that defined Fort Scott and that . . . Map (db m36285) HM
48Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — The Little White House
The miniature house was built in 1927 by the park caretaker, E.V. Kelly. It was one of his many winter projects. He traveled to Mapleton, Kansas to find the perfect rocks for the walls. His daughters, Nadine and Jenny, spent many enjoyable hours . . . Map (db m53288) HM
49Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — The Sites and People of Fort ScottA rich and inviting visit
Downtown Fort Scott Historic downtown Fort Scott has roots in a time when it was the last stop before the frontier. Initially comprised of former fort buildings, it soon transformed into a lively downtown commercial district. New permanent . . . Map (db m128766) HM
50Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Welch, Badger & Co. Dry Goods Store1867 — Fort Scott Historic District 1860 —
One of the oldest existing mid-nineteenth century buildings. Const. by B.P. McDonald.Map (db m44167) HM
51Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Western Hotel: Symbol of Strife
After the army sold Fort Scott in 1855, the infantry barracks located here (reconstructed in front of you) became the pro-slavery Western Hotel. The building across the parade ground directly behind you became the anti-slavery Free State Hotel. . . . Map (db m36272) HM
52Kansas, Bourbon County, Fort Scott — Where Was the Bathroom?
"Bathing is promotive both of comfort and health; and where convenience for it are to be had, the men should be made to bathe at least once a week. The feet are to be washed at least twice a week." 1841 Army Regulations This foundation, . . . Map (db m36168) HM
53Kansas, Bourbon County, Ft. Scott — 20th Century Veterans' Memorial
In peace you served as our defender, in battle our protector, and in death, a reminder that Liberty is still our greatest Strength. Dedicated in honor of all who served in the Armed Forces of our Country in the 20th . . . Map (db m21258) HM
54Kansas, Bourbon County, Mapleton — Mrs. Rosco Chenoweth
These shrubs planted in memory of Mrs. Rosco Chenoweth First president of the Home & Garden ClubMap (db m80084) HM
55Kansas, Bourbon County, Marmaton — Site of Marmaton MassacreOct. 22, 1864
[Title is text]Map (db m79765) HM
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Mar. 24, 2023