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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Crawford County, Missouri

Clickable Map of Crawford County, Missouri 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, MO (32) Dent County, MO (3) Franklin County, MO (135) Gasconade County, MO (58) Iron County, MO (34) Phelps County, MO (57) Washington County, MO (10)  CrawfordCounty(32) Crawford County (32)  DentCounty(3) Dent County (3)  FranklinCounty(135) Franklin County (135)  GasconadeCounty(58) Gasconade County (58)  IronCounty(34) Iron County (34)  PhelpsCounty(57) Phelps County (57)  WashingtonCounty(10) Washington County (10)
Steelville is the county seat for Crawford County
Adjacent to Crawford County, Missouri
      Dent County (3)  
      Franklin County (135)  
      Gasconade County (58)  
      Iron County (34)  
      Phelps County (57)  
      Washington County (10)  
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1 Missouri, Crawford County, Bourbon — Fallen Veterans Memorial
W.W. I • W.W. II • Korea • Vietnam • Desert Storm • Operation Iraqi FreedomMap (db m246079) WM
2 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — A Time of Sadness
The 1870 Drum Creek Treaty forced the Osage off their land to Oklahoma Indian Territory. The Osage became the only tribe to purchase their own reservation. They chose land "the white man would never want or be able to use." They obtained mineral . . . Map (db m139773) HM
3 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 5 — Amelia
This mural chronicle a Sept 4, 1928 account in the Muskogee Times-Democrat. Amelia Earhart left Scott Field in Belleville, Illinois in her Avro plane, with a destination of Muskogee, in route to Los Angeles. She later forced down outside of Cuba. No . . . Map (db m58892) HM
4 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — American Legion Veterans Memorial1776 - 1976
. . . Map (db m139830) WM
5 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 2 — Apples and Barrels
Viva Cuba's second mural depicts one of the town's most fascinating eras, 1895-1920. During that brief period, the apple was king. By 1900, Cuba was the largest producer, processor, and distributor of applies in the state of Missouri. Closely . . . Map (db m58894) HM
6 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — Battle of Pilot Knob
In 1864, an estimated 12,000 troops under Major General Sterling Price invaded southeast Missouri. On September 27th they surrounded Fort Davidson, a small earthwork at Pilot Knob. The Union garrison numbered 1262 troops and about 150 civilians, . . . Map (db m139827) HM
7 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 11 — Bette Davis
In November 1948, Academy Award actress Bette Davis and her husband arrived in a Packard station wagon at the Southern Hotel. Reporter Wilbur Vaughn asked for a photo. Refused, he snapped a photo anyway and was chased by Davis' irate husband. Vaughn . . . Map (db m171915) HM
8 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 10 — Civil War
Viva Cuba's series of Civil War murals depict conflicts between troops of Confederate General Sterling Price and Union General Thomas Ewing in September 1864. The battles started at Fort Davidson near Pilot Knob, Missouri and ended with the rescue . . . Map (db m58898) HM
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9 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — Confederates in Cuba
Ewing's intent was to reach the railroad at Leasburg and take his group by train to safety in St. Louis. But the Confederates rapidly sent detachments east and west of Leasburg to destroy track. In Cuba they burned the depot and several boxcars, as . . . Map (db m139828) HM
10 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 4 — County Fair
When Sen. Harry S. Truman campaigned for re-election in a close 1940 primary, two democratic committeemen were his only listeners on the steps of the adjacent Wallace house, as people kept hurrying past. He learned they were going to the . . . Map (db m58924) HM
11 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 3 — Cuba's Gold Star Boys aboard the Blue Bonnet Frisco Train
During World War II the Blue Bonnet, a Frisco train named after the Texas state flower, was a familiar sight with its distinctive blue and white cars. The train was a major form of transportation from 1927 to 1967, and during World War II this #7 . . . Map (db m58921) HM
12 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — Expansion of America
Osage hunting and trading expeditions left clearly defined trails that were used to travel to the St. Louis area long before the white man's coming. The Osage Trail was later used for trading purposes and eventually became Route 66 and I-44, the . . . Map (db m139772) HM
13 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 12 — History at the 4-Way
Paul T. Carr, who also sold Pontiacs from the location, built this Phillips 66 cottage style station in 1932. The site was purchased in 1968 by Bill Wallis and was converted to Mobil that year as well as becoming the first office for Wallis Oil . . . Map (db m171955) HM
14 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 6 — Mayor Al West
Al West, Sr. served as Cuba's mayor from 1946 to 1958. During his tenure, the city purchased the light and power system. Resulting revenues allowed Cuba to finance improvements such as paved, named and lit streets and to extend water and sewer . . . Map (db m171952) HM
15 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 14 — Meeting in Missouri
The Osage (Wa-zha-zhe) tribe were early inhabitants of the Missouri region. Their villages were located along the Osage and other Missouri rivers. French explorers first made contact with the Osage in the 1670s. At that time, the Osage were the most . . . Map (db m139826) HM
16 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 1 — Peoples BankCelebrating 100 years — 1901-2001 —
A.J. Barnett, the first cashier and President of Peoples Bank from 1920-1959, was mayor of Cuba, for ten years. The first city lighting system was installed during his first term in 1922. The mural shows him cranking the first Model T Ford in Cuba. . . . Map (db m58899) HM
17 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 7 — Prosperity Corner
In the 1900's, Prosperity Corner drew citizens to meet, do business, and pass the time of day. H.H. Tieman's General Merchandise Store was the hub of this activity. Hayes Store stands on the original site of Prosperity Corner.Map (db m139829) HM
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18 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — St Louis, Salem & Little Rock Railroad
In 1873 the St Louis, Salem & Little Rock Railroad was completed from Cuba, forty-one miles south, to Salem at a cost of about $1,250,000. It was built to transport iron ore and lead from area mines to market, and later passenger service was added. . . . Map (db m58926) HM
19 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — The Beginning
The Wahzhazhe migrated west of the Mississippi River centuries ago, to become the dominant power in Missouri and Arkansas. Later, the French mispronounced the word, and they became known as the Osage. With the influx of people after the . . . Map (db m139771) HM
20 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 8 — The Millworks
This mural recreates the look of the 1948 Robert-Judson Lumber Company Millworks Building. The saying "measure twice, cut once, -was very much the rule when employee of 54 years Francis Nixon worked here. The building was the site of custom . . . Map (db m58922) HM
21 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — The Osage Trail
The missionary Isaac McRoy described the Osage as an, "Uncommonly fierce, courageous, warlike nation." Washington Irving stated that they were, "The finest looking Indians I have ever seen in the West." And George Catlin described the Osage as, . . . Map (db m139768) HM
22 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — 9 — The River
Viva Cuba's vintage river mural, The River depicts the use of the river as a source of recreation, beauty and transportation. Since Missouri is a from of the Indian word Missou-ly meaning canoe. It is an appropriate subject for the ninth mural. . . . Map (db m58889) HM
23 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — Today's Warriors
Native Americans have the highest rate of service in the armed forces per capita, more than any other ethnic group. Osage warriors have a long history of service in the United States armed forces; many are highly decorated service men and women and . . . Map (db m139775) HM
24 Missouri, Crawford County, Cuba — Veterans Memorial
World War I [Names listed] World War II [Names listed] Korea [Names listed] Vietnam [Names listed] Lebanon - Grenada [Names listed] Panama [Name listed] Persian Gulf . . . Map (db m139831) WM
25 Missouri, Crawford County, Leasburg — Battle of Leasburg
Fought Sept. 29 and 30, 1864. The night of Sept. 27, 1000 Union troops under Gen. Ewing, forced to evacuate Ft. Davidson at Pilot Knob or be annihilated, escaped through enemy lines. Gen. Price sent Gen. Marmaduke and Gen. Shelby in pursuit. Union . . . Map (db m108859) HM
26 Missouri, Crawford County, Leasburg — Crawford County
Side A: Early noted for its rich banks of iron ore, Crawford County was organized 1829, and named for Georgia Sen. W.H. Crawford. In territory ceded by Osage tribes 1808, the county was roamed by the Delaware and Shawnee into the period of . . . Map (db m55636) HM
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27 Missouri, Crawford County, Steelville — Crawford County Court HouseHistory of the Courthouse
When Crawford County’s boundaries extended to include most of Phelps and part of Dent Counties, the county seat was located at the mouth of the Little Piney River. The court met in the two-story hewn-log house of James Harrison. After a . . . Map (db m157693) HM
28 Missouri, Crawford County, Steelville — Crawford County Vietnam Era Veterans28 Feb. 1961 – 7 May 1975 — All Gave Some … Some Gave All —
E Pluribus Unum Killed In Action Carl E. Bockewitz • Neal S. Crowder • Richard L. Dicus Edward J. Halbert • Phillip T. Ives • George E. Johnston • Clifford T. Mullen Served Our Country [Honor Roll of Veterans] [not . . . Map (db m157696) WM
29 Missouri, Crawford County, Steelville — The Korean War38th Parallel — "Freedom Is Not Free" —
We Honor All Those Who Served Their Country 1950 — 1953 [Honor Roll of Veterans] [not transcribed] [Armed Forces Emblems]Map (db m157738) WM
30 Missouri, Crawford County, Steelville — The Steelville Telephone Exchange Inc.
was legally incorporated on May 6, 1952. The first directors meeting was held on May 15, 1952 and the Steelville Telephone Company was purchased from the late Lark Brothers. An REA loan, the first in Missouri was obtained to construct a modern . . . Map (db m147332) HM
31 Missouri, Crawford County, Steelville — The Trail of TearsNunna dual Tsung – Cherokee 1838
The Indian Removal Act was past [sic] by President Andrew Jackson in May of 1830. All Native Americans were rounded up and moved to the Indian Territory. The Cherokee, after being driven from their homes, were divided into detachments. Late in . . . Map (db m157668) HM
32 Missouri, Crawford County, Steelville — World Wars Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of Crawford County who served their country in World War I and II and in everlasting tribute to those who gave their lives.Map (db m157737) WM
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May. 26, 2024