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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Crawford County, Kansas

Clickable Map of Crawford 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> Crawford County, KS (66) Bourbon County, KS (55) Cherokee County, KS (83) Labette County, KS (18) Neosho County, KS (28) Barton County, MO (7) Jasper County, MO (61) Vernon County, MO (22)  CrawfordCounty(66) Crawford County (66)  BourbonCounty(55) Bourbon County (55)  CherokeeCounty(83) Cherokee County (83)  LabetteCounty(18) Labette County (18)  NeoshoCounty(28) Neosho County (28)  BartonCountyMissouri(7) Barton County (7)  JasperCounty(61) Jasper County (61)  VernonCounty(22) Vernon County (22)
Girard is the county seat for Crawford County
Adjacent to Crawford County, Kansas
      Bourbon County (55)  
      Cherokee County (83)  
      Labette County (18)  
      Neosho County (28)  
      Barton County, Missouri (7)  
      Jasper County, Missouri (61)  
      Vernon County, Missouri (22)  
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1 Kansas, Crawford County, Arma — Arma Veterans MemorialRoll of Honor
The City of Arma Honors All Persons Who Have Offered Their Life In Service To Their Country. [Honor Roll of Individuals]Map (db m36887) WM
2 Kansas, Crawford County, Cherokee — Civil War Memorial
In Memory of Soldiers War of 1861-65.Map (db m61148) WM
3 Kansas, Crawford County, Crawford State Park — A Brief History of the 788th Company [CCC]Who were these men who built Crawford State Lake?
History Company 788, CCC, was formed at Camp Whiteside, Fort Riley, Kansas, May 19, 1933. The company was made up of Kansas boys, the largest percentage coming from the eastern part of the state. After conditioning at Fort Riley, the . . . Map (db m50189) HM
4 Kansas, Crawford County, Crawford State Park — C.C.C. Volunteer
We dedicate this monument to the 3.5 million men of the Civilian Conservation Corps. We celebrate their legacy of accomplishments they left for the future to enjoy. This is the home of Camp Farlington, Co. 788th "Fire Devils" SCS-10-L, who built . . . Map (db m50187) HM
5 Kansas, Crawford County, Crawford State Park — Education
Another advantage the Civilian Conservation Corps offered to its enrollees was the chance to further their education. In their spare time, they could enroll in classes, such as radio operator and maintenance, surveying, photography, leather works, . . . Map (db m50207) HM
6 Kansas, Crawford County, Crawford State Park — Equipment
By 1936, the progress of building the dam was greatly accelerated with the arrival of new heavy equipment. The men now had excavators, dump trucks, caterpillar tractors, box sleds, and a pull-type grader. The CCC camp had storage sheds for . . . Map (db m50234) HM
7 Kansas, Crawford County, Crawford State Park — Hard Times
Proof of how hard times were during the Great Depression, this CCC recruiting poster depicts a young man wearing a clean, pressed uniform with a plate of food. Another incentive to enroll into the CCC was a $30.00 a month salary with $25.00 . . . Map (db m50192) HM
8 Kansas, Crawford County, Crawford State Park — Hard Work
"We used mules and dump wagons before we got dump trucks," said Stanley Dolinar. Prior to 1935, the majority of earth was moved by mule teams pulling slip buckets and wagons. On display here is a pair of slip buckets actually used to . . . Map (db m50235) HM
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9 Kansas, Crawford County, Crawford State Park — Lake Crawford
This lake constructed by the United States Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service Civilian Conservation Corps cooperating with Kansas State Forestry-Fish-Game CommissionMap (db m50236) HM
10 Kansas, Crawford County, Crawford State Park — The Beginning
The story of the Civilian Conservation Corps cannot be told without knowing the tale of the times from which it was created. The stock market crash of 1929, which led to the Great Depression coupled with the lack of soil conservation enabled the . . . Map (db m50186) HM
11 Kansas, Crawford County, Crawford State Park — The Camp of Co. 788 of the Civilian Conservation Corps
You Are Here! The Water Tower. Rumor had it that whoever had the job of testing and chlorinating the drinking water in the tower received more than his share of ribbing from the men. The only recorded time of discontent was over the sulfur . . . Map (db m50233) HM
12 Kansas, Crawford County, Crawford State Park — The Fire Devils
The 788th Co. was nicknamed the Fire Devils because of its reputation for putting out prairie fires while stationed at Camp Ruteledge in Minnesota. The nickname remained with the company throughout service. The men were proud of their reputation . . . Map (db m50210) HM
13 Kansas, Crawford County, Crawford State Park — Work Done By Hand
The Farlington project started with a creek bed surrounded by trees and brush that had to be cut and hauled away. In fact, 90 percent of the work to build Crawford State Lake was done by hand. As one volunteer claimed, "You worked, and you worked . . . Map (db m50190) HM
14 Kansas, Crawford County, Franklin — Buffalo Cupola & Forge Blower
Moved to present location September 12, 2012 Designed for applications that require blasts of air for long distances. Used in coal mining industry to force fresh air into the shafts.Map (db m72361) HM
15 Kansas, Crawford County, Franklin — Church Bell from St. Philip Neri Catholic Church
Established in Franklin from 1915-2004. Bell installed at this location November, 2005Map (db m72351) HM
16 Kansas, Crawford County, Franklin — Coal Mine Hoist
Moved from Chicopee to present location July 19, 2012 The hoist had cables on the drum that were used to raise and lower coal cars from the mine, Circa Late 1800s-Early 1900sMap (db m72362) HM
17 Kansas, Crawford County, Franklin — Dragline Bucket
Used in strip-mining operations to remove the overburden of soil from coal seams. Owned by Wilkinson Coal Company Donated by Wendell & Lynda Wilkinson Dedicated January 13, 2013Map (db m72353) HM
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18 Kansas, Crawford County, Franklin — Franklin - Arma Sidewalk
Franklin Sidewalk placed on National Historic Register March 16, 2007.Map (db m36883) HM
19 Kansas, Crawford County, Franklin — Franklin Community Park SignBuilt October, 2005
Constructed by John Nepote with help of Ray Hamblin, Melvin Patrick and a host of friends and volunteers. Historic artifacts (Angels and Sacred Heart) are from St. Philip Neri Catholic Church which was located in Franklin from 1915-2004. The . . . Map (db m36834) HM
20 Kansas, Crawford County, Franklin — Franklin Grade School and Playground
On this site stood the original Franklin Grade School and Playground 1907 This bench is made from a marble window ledge from the 2 story brick Franklin School HouseMap (db m36761) HM
21 Kansas, Crawford County, Franklin — Franklin School BellMemorial Tower
Originally there were 3 school buildings in the community. This bell sat atop the large two story, eight room brick building that was originally the high school and later became the grade school. The schools were in operation from . . . Map (db m36742) HM
22 Kansas, Crawford County, Franklin — Franklin SidewalkNational & State Historic Site
Constructed in 1936 with federal funding assistance, the Franklin Sidewalk connects two rural mining communities in Crawford County - Franklin and Arma. The 3' wide sidewalk stretches 1.7 miles. It has become well known as the "longest sidewalk . . . Map (db m72352) HM
23 Kansas, Crawford County, Franklin — Trolley / Street Car Rails
. . . Map (db m36763) HM
24 Kansas, Crawford County, Franklin — William B. and Athlyn C. Pritchett
owned and operated the Pritchett Insurance and Real Estate Agency in Pittsburg, Ks. for more than 50 years. This park is one of the results of a trust they established with a mission to improve the quality of life in Pittsburg and Crawford . . . Map (db m36831) HM
25 Kansas, Crawford County, Frontenac — Frontenac Veterans Honor Roll
Honoring All Who Served "We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The City of . . . Map (db m117426) WM
26 Kansas, Crawford County, Frontenac — Veterans MemorialFor God and Country
This Flag symbolizes Liberty and Justice for all. The John F. Derby Post No. 43 Frontenac American Legion is proud to display and maintain this flag for all those who died defending it and those who live under it.Map (db m63690) WM
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27 Kansas, Crawford County, Frontenac — Veterans Memorial
To show our appreciation to the U.S. military men and women, past, present and future, for their sacrifices, dedication and service to our country.Map (db m71511) WM
28 Kansas, Crawford County, Girard — "Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial"
[Honor Roll of Names on Black Granite] April 15, 1995 This UH-1H "Huey" helicopter was donated by Department of the Army and Kansas Army National Guard to Girard Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7479 through the efforts of All American Post . . . Map (db m36946) HM WM
29 Kansas, Crawford County, Girard — Appeal to Reason
First Girard home of J. A. Wayland's Socialist newspaper the Appeal to Reason 1897Map (db m36931) HM
30 Kansas, Crawford County, Girard — American Legion Post 26 Veterans Memorial
This flag is lifted high and flies gallantly above this memorial in honor of those who served from those who care. May God bless you all.Map (db m50133) WM
31 Kansas, Crawford County, Girard — Bennefeld VFW Post 7479 War Memorial
To the loving memory of those men and women who gave their lives in all past wars and to all veterans who served our great country, we dedicate this memorial as a symbol of your sacrifices.Map (db m36929) WM
32 Kansas, Crawford County, Girard — Carnegie LibraryCirca 1906
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m94632) HM
33 Kansas, Crawford County, Girard — First State Bank of Girard
. . . Map (db m36910) HM
34 Kansas, Crawford County, Girard — Girard, KansasCentennial Birthdate February 28, 1868-1968
Dr. Charles H. Strong was a native of Girard, Pennsylvania. Dr. Strong's dream came true when he decided to go deer hunting and possibly locate the geographical center of Crawford County, which had just been established in Southeast Kansas . . . Map (db m36928) HM
35 Kansas, Crawford County, Greenbush — 3 — The Legend of Greenbush
According to legend, in 1869, Father Phillip Colleton was caught at this site by a furious hail and thunderstorm. The frightened priest took refuge under his saddle and vowed that if his life was spared, he would build a church on this spot. The . . . Map (db m46241) HM
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36 Kansas, Crawford County, Mulberry — Veterans Memorial
Veterans of the Armed ForcesMap (db m63677) WM
37 Kansas, Crawford County, Opolis — Crocker Cemetery Veterans Memorial
In Memory Dedicated to all of those who served and those who gave allMap (db m43048) WM
38 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Alexander Howat — Miners’ Memorial at Immigrant Park —
Among the many significant European immigrants in Kansas history is Alexander Howat, President of District 14 of the United Mine Workers of America. He was chiefly responsible for the organization of a powerful and militant union membership in the . . . Map (db m35668) HM
39 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — All American Veterans
. . . Map (db m53027) WM
40 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Carney Hall
On this site Carney Hall stood from 1919 until it was torn down in 1979 due to structural problems. The site of classes, theater, lectures and musical performances, it was named in honor of the third governor of Kansas, the Honorable Thomas . . . Map (db m44116) HM
41 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Chandler HallHome Economics
Chandler Hall stood on this site from 1922 until 2002. Built as the first campus cafeteria, the building was occupied by the Home Economics Department, now the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. It was dedicated as Chandler Hall in 1964 to . . . Map (db m22114) HM
42 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Cow Creek SkirmishNear This Site — Oct. 23, 1864 —
In Memory of the FallenMap (db m61204) HM WM
43 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Dr. Paul B. Leffler Rotary Park
Built for the enjoyment of all the citizens of Pittsburg Dedicated on June 8th 1999. Dr. Paul Bannon Leffler practiced medicine in Pittsburg from 1945 to 1977. He lived the Rotary Motto "Service Above Self"Map (db m59573) HM
44 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Frisco Freight/Passenger DepotCirca 1876
was listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service July 10, 2017Map (db m129470) HM
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45 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Frontenac, KansasThe Mine No. 2 Disaster and a Brief History of — Miners' Memorial at Immigrant Park —
Frontenac, Kansas first came into being when the coal mining industry moved into the area during the late 1800s. The Santa Fe Railroad leased the land around what is present-day Frontenac, and formed the Cherokee and Pittsburg Coal and Mining . . . Map (db m35604) HM
46 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Fuller American Legion Post #64 Veterans Memorial
To the loving memory of those men and women who gave their lives in all past wars, and to all veterans who served our great country, we dedicate this tank as a symbol of your sacrifices. This M-60 forty five ton Army tank was donated . . . Map (db m41992) WM
47 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — G.A.R.-W.R.C. Civil War Memorial
In memory of the Unknown Dead that fell in the war 1861-65Map (db m36337) WM
48 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Garden of Memories Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to all those men & women who have served to protect our freedom Dedicated Nov. 11, 1996Map (db m34599) HM
49 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Green Elm School, District 41
Green Elm School was a one-room school house built in the 1870's in southeast Kansas. It was located in the southwest corner of Crawford County, seven miles north and one mile west of McCune, Kansas. The school held classes 1872-1955 and employed . . . Map (db m84737) HM
50 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — H. R. Brown's Grocery Store
H.R. Browns Grocery was one of the last neighborhood grocery stores in Pittsburg, Kansas. By 1912, there were seventy-nine retail grocery stores in Pittsburg. Their strength was in their relative convenience for their customers. Regular customers . . . Map (db m84741) HM
51 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Helm American Legion Post 182 Veterans Memorial
In tribute to all veterans who so loyally served their country Flag flying today in memory of ____________ and these men who gave their lives in service of their country World War II Albertson, Henry • Bazin, Lawrence . . . Map (db m34649) WM
52 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Immigrant Park
During the latter half of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century a diverse population of European immigrants came to Southeast Kansas in search of a better life. The first view of Pittsburg for many was from the depot of the Frisco . . . Map (db m34247) HM
53 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Kansas City Southern Locomotive No. 1023
Locomotive 488 was built July 1906, in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1925, it underwent major changes in Pittsburg, Ks. and changed to Locomotive 1023. Track was laid and locomotive was installed in Schlanger Park on September 17, 1955, after the city had . . . Map (db m69838) HM
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54 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Kansas State Teachers College Navy Mark of Commendation
. . . Map (db m74008) HM WM
55 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Pittsburg Kansas
Founded in 1876 on lands formerly held by the Cherokee Indian Nation. Pittsburg became an early center for railroads, lead and zinc smelting, coal mining, clay tile and mining machinery manufacturing. The Kansas State Teachers College was . . . Map (db m41989) HM
56 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Pittsburg State University Gymnasium
On this site stood the first university gymnasium/fieldhouse. Built in 1922, it was torn down in 1972, following the opening of the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building. Several bricks and the building plaque from the gymnasium are featured . . . Map (db m22311) HM
57 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Pittsburg State University Veteran's Amphitheater
(Center Panel) "Pittsburg State University honors sons and daughters who answered the call of the nation. We are ever grateful for their many sacrifices in peace and war that freedom would prevail." (Left Panel) . . . Map (db m20299) HM
58 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Southeast Kansas Coal MiningThe Three Phases of Coal Mining in the Weir-Pittsburg Coal Field — Miners' Memorial at Immigrant Park —
Phase One: Pioneer Mining The coal fields of Cherokee and Crawford Counties covered over 300 square miles of land, making it a prime area for coal mining. When early settlers first moved into the area in the 1800's, they were amazed to see . . . Map (db m35571) HM
59 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — The Amazon Army — Miners’ Memorial at Immigrant Park —
The women’s march of 1921 epitomizes the spirit of the Kansas Balkans, an area known for its rich cultural heritage and turbulent strike-ridden history. On December 12 of that year, 3,000 (by some reports up to 6,000) women—wives and other . . . Map (db m35692) HM
60 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — The Freedom Tree
With the vision of universal freedom for all mankind this tree is dedicated to Col. William H. Nelson and all Prisoners of War and Missing in ActionMap (db m53029) WM
61 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — The Old Military Road of 1837
This tablet marks the intersection of the Old Military Road of 1837 with present State Highway Number 57Map (db m53286) HM
62 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — The Weir - Pittsburg Coalfield — Miners’ Memorial at Immigrant Park —
With the discovery of coal in Cherokee and Crawford Counties in the late 1860's, thousands came to work the mines. Some came from American towns and cities but most were immigrants from Europe. Over fifty nationalities settled in this area. Many . . . Map (db m35522) HM
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63 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — The Weir-Pittsburg Coal Field in Cherokee County — Miners' Memorial at Immigrant Park —
The 1st Deep Mine, Scammonville, KS In 1874 four brothers from Illinois, the Scammon brothers, pioneered new methods of mining coal in southeastern Kansas, digging the first mine shaft in Cherokee County. Although many doubted that their . . . Map (db m35605) HM
64 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Veterans Memorial
To the Glory of God and in honor of the members of First Christian Church who served their country in time of needMap (db m63673) WM
65 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Wilkinson Coal CompanyWeir City, Kansas 1917-1979 — Miners’ Memorial at Immigrant Park —
• William Wilkinson was born in Pelton Fell, England in 1862. He worked in the mines from the age of 10 and came to Weir City, Kansas, in 1883 at the age of 20 to continue mining. • In 1917, he started his own deep mine a mile south of . . . Map (db m35606) HM
66 Kansas, Crawford County, Pittsburg — Wilkinson Coal Company Steam Shovel
This shovel was donated by Wilkinson Inc in order to create a permanent symbol of our southeast Kansas coal mining heritage McNally Pittsburg Inc was responsible for the relocation and renovation of the shovel to its present condition July 4 . . . Map (db m41990) HM
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