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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Iron County, Missouri

Clickable Map of Iron 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> Iron County, MO (34) Crawford County, MO (32) Dent County, MO (3) Madison County, MO (11) Reynolds County, MO (3) St. Francois County, MO (4) Washington County, MO (10) Wayne County, MO (53)  IronCounty(34) Iron County (34)  CrawfordCounty(32) Crawford County (32)  DentCounty(3) Dent County (3)  MadisonCounty(11) Madison County (11)  ReynoldsCounty(3) Reynolds County (3)  St.FrancoisCounty(4) St. Francois County (4)  WashingtonCounty(10) Washington County (10)  WayneCounty(53) Wayne County (53)
Ironton is the county seat for Iron County
Adjacent to Iron County, Missouri
      Crawford County (32)  
      Dent County (3)  
      Madison County (11)  
      Reynolds County (3)  
      St. Francois County (4)  
      Washington County (10)  
      Wayne County (53)  
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1 Missouri, Iron County, Arcadia — Fort CurtisBattle of Pilot Knob
On this hillside stood Ft. Curtis. It commanded the high ground overlooking the junction of the road that connected Ironton and Pilot Knob with Fredericktown. In 1863 it was abandoned for Ft. Davidson because it was too far from the rail terminus . . . Map (db m99145) HM
2 Missouri, Iron County, Arcadia — Russellville JunctionBattle of Pilot Knob — September 26, 1864, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. —
Slemons’ brigade, riding in advance of the rebel army, was first spotted at 1 p.m. by pickets here at the Russellville Junction. After the pickets had sounded the alarm, a cavalry patrol rode here to verify the pickets report. Despite much shooting . . . Map (db m99144) HM
3 Missouri, Iron County, Arcadia — Shut-In GapBattle of Pilot Knob — September 26, 1864, 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. —
Through Shut In Gap passed the most direct route from the Arcadia Valley to Fredericktown. Advance elements of the rebel army rode through the gap undetected and were not spotted until they approached a Union picket post at the Russellville . . . Map (db m99142) HM
4 Missouri, Iron County, Arcadia — St. Francois Mountain Glades
Glades are Special Places Like islands in a sea of trees, rocky openings called glades are scattered across the mountainsides. Glades are very significant features of the St. Francois Mountains. They are common throughout Taum Sauk . . . Map (db m99159)
5 Missouri, Iron County, Arcadia — Taum Sauk Mountain State Park Overlook
Buford Mountain William Buford, namesake of Buford Mountain, was buried in 1842 at its base, forever to be with the mountain he loved. Its southernmost of five knobs reaches to 1,740 feet above sea level. “Just bury me by . . . Map (db m99161) HM
6 Missouri, Iron County, Arcadia — The Arcadia ValleyBattle of Pilot Knob
The three towns of Arcadia, Ironton, and Pilot Knob are located in the Arcadia Valley. The valley’s iron mining industry helped spur population growth and led the St. Louis & Iron Mt. Railroad to extend its tracks to Pilot Knob in 1858. The . . . Map (db m99143) HM
7 Missouri, Iron County, Arcadia — Welcome to the Top of Missouri
The St. Francois Mountains This area map shows the extent and location of Missouri’s St. Francois Mountains. This portion of the Missouri Ozarks is known as the St. Francois Mountains, characterized by high rounded knobs of ancient . . . Map (db m99160)
8 Missouri, Iron County, Belleview — Dr. John Stafford Brown
The 120 acre area encompassing Elephant Rocks State Park was donated to the state of Missouri in 1966 by Dr. John Stafford Brown and his wife, Evangeline (Moon) Brown. Dr. Brown was born Sept. 26, 1894, in Thomas County, Kansas, but moved to . . . Map (db m210133) HM
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9 Missouri, Iron County, Ironton — Battle of Pilot KnobSeptember 26-27, 1864
A section of Montgomery's Battery, two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles, under Lt. Simonton, helped drive the rebels back into Shut-In Gap and held them there until fighting ceased at sunset on the 26th. Early the next morning, Simonton's guns, positioned in . . . Map (db m38441) HM
10 Missouri, Iron County, Ironton — General Grant Commission Commemorative
Erected 1886 By the Surviving Veterans of the 21st Regt. Ill. Vol. Inft. To commemorate the spot where their Col. Ulysses S. Grant Received his commission as general, 1861, And parting from his regt. entered On his career of . . . Map (db m99168) HM
11 Missouri, Iron County, Ironton — Iron County - The "Birthplace of 4-H" in Missouri1914
Recognition is given to B.P. Burnham, then county superintendent of schools, for his originality foresight and leadership in organizing the first 4-H clubs in Missouri: one at a high school in Ironton, the other at the one room King School near . . . Map (db m99170) HM
12 Missouri, Iron County, Ironton — Iron County CourthouseBattle of Pilot Knob — September 26, 1864. 2:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. —
Pvt. Rector of the 3rd M.S.M. was killed in front of the courthouse. Co. E., 47th Missouri, firing from the courthouse, killed the rebel who shot Rector. They were the first to die in the battle. A cavalry detachment led by Major Wilson drove the . . . Map (db m210339) HM
13 Missouri, Iron County, Ironton — Iron County Missouri Courthouse ComplexNational Register of Historic Places
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m119538) HM
14 Missouri, Iron County, Ironton — Ironton GapBattle of Pilot Knob — September 26, 1864, 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. —
Ironton Gap, about a quarter mile wide, separates Shepherd and Pilot Knob mountains and divides Arcadia Valley into northern and southern halves. Through the gap passed the road which connected the villages of Pilot Knob and Ironton. Cabell’s . . . Map (db m99174) HM
15 Missouri, Iron County, Ironton — VFW Post 5527 Veterans Memorial
A Memorial to All Our Service Men Who Have Given Their Lives for Our Country Erected by V.F.W. Post 5527 1969 Ft. Davidson Post No. 5527 Veterans of Foreign Wars Roll of Honor World War II Willis E. Asher • Everett E. . . . Map (db m99169) WM
16 Missouri, Iron County, Ironton — War In The Arcadia ValleyMissouri's Civil War
Settlers to what we now call Iron County arrived in the first few decades of the 19th century. Little did they know what would unfold just a few more decades later when the Civil War erupted in Missouri. One of those first settlers was Ephraim . . . Map (db m99167) HM
17 Missouri, Iron County, Middle Brook — The Power of Water...
On Dec. 14, 2005, this granite boulder was torn from its resting place high atop Proffit Mountain during the Ameren upper reservoir breach. Approximately 1.3 billion gallons of water carried this rock 1 1/2 miles, dropping it here. There was not a . . . Map (db m210145) HM
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18 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — Caledonia—Potosi RoadBattle of Pilot Knob — September 28, 1864, 2:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. —
The Union army evacuated Ft. Davidson at about 2:00 a.m. on September 28. Despite having to pass between the campfires of Dobbin’s brigade, Gen. Ewing marched his men undetected through the Confederate lines and to the Caledonia-Potosi Rd. After . . . Map (db m99212) HM
19 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — Fort Davidson
(Front): Surrounded by the rugged splendor of the highest peaks of the Missouri Ozarks, Arcadia Valley lies in the geologic center of the Ozarks, one of the world's oldest mountain regions. The valley towns are in an area settled in the iron . . . Map (db m38440) HM
20 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — Immanuel Lutheran ChurchBattle of Pilot Knob
The Immanuel Lutheran Church was built in 1861 on land deeded to the congregation by the Pilot Knob Mining Co. The church served as a Union hospital during the Battle of Pilot Knob and telegrams found in the building after the battle indicate that . . . Map (db m99211) HM
21 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — Iron FurnaceBattle of Pilot Knob — September 27, 1864, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. —
The iron furnace is the most visible remains of what was once a thriving iron mining industry in the Arcadia Valley. The first iron furnace was constructed in 1848, but was destroyed by the rebel army after the Battle of Pilot Knob. It was rebuilt a . . . Map (db m99208) HM
22 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — Knob CreekBattle of Pilot Knob — September 27, 1864, 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. —
The two branches of Knob Creek, a tributary of Stouts Creek, enclosed Ft. Davidson on three sides. Cabell’s brigade charged the fort three times from its position behind the creek in the center of the rebel line. Most of Clark’s brigade on the left . . . Map (db m99176) HM
23 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — Pilot Knob MountainBattle of Pilot Knob
Battle of Pilot Knob Pilot Knob Mountain September 27, 1864 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.Prior to the Confederate attack on Ft. Davidson a detachment of 3rd M.S.M. Cavalry was forced off Pilot Knob Mountain by Slemons' and McCray's Rebel Brigades. The 3rd . . . Map (db m38445) HM
24 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — Railroad DepotBattle of Pilot Knob
From 1858 to 1871, Pilot Knob was the terminus of the St. Louis & Iron Mt. Railroad. During the war the supply depot located here supplied Union outposts at Patterson, Centerville, Farmington and Fredericktown. The road to Middlebrook ran alongside . . . Map (db m99209) HM
25 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — Shepherd MountainBattle of Pilot Knob — September 27, 1864, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. —
Skirmishes between Clark’s rebel brigade and the Union’s 14th Iowa were fought on Shepherd Mt. on the second day. Prior to the assault on Ft. Davidson two Rebel cannons were placed on the mountain, but, because of the accurate fire from Union . . . Map (db m99175) HM
26 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — St. Mary's Catholic ChurchBattle of Pilot Knob — September 28, 1864, 1:00 a.m. - 3:30 a.m. —
St. Mary’s Catholic Church was erected on this site in 1861. During the evacuation of the fort under the cover of darkness, some of the Union troops filed up the north rifle pit and formed in the shadow of the church created by a burning charcoal . . . Map (db m99210) HM
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27 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — The Arcadia ValleyBattle of Pilot Knob
The three towns of Arcadia, Ironton, and Pilot Knob are located in the Arcadia Valley. The valley’s iron mining industry helped spur population growth and led the St. Louis & Iron Mt. Railroad to extend its tracks to Pilot Knob in 1858. The . . . Map (db m99213) HM
28 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — The Battle of Pilot KnobSeptember 27, 1864
In September of 1864 Major General Sterling Price and a 12,000 man army re-entered Missouri in a forlorn effort to regain the state for the Confederacy. On September 27th they laid siege to Fort Davidson. The defenders, though greatly outnumbered, . . . Map (db m38444) HM
29 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — The Doomed AssaultSept. 27, Afternoon
1. While the Confederates deploy, they put two cannons on Shepherd Mountain and open fire. Accurate return fire puts both cannons out of action. 2. Maj. Gen. John S. Marmaduke’s Missouri division streams down Shepherd Mountain. Rifle and . . . Map (db m99200) HM
30 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — The Fight for IrontonSept. 26, Afternoon
1. Shortly after noon, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price’s advance attacks the Federal pickets encamped at the Ironton courthouse. 2. Federal reinforcements rush from Pilot Knob. They counterattack and drive the raiders three miles to Shut-In Gap. . . . Map (db m99197) HM
31 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — The Moat
A dry moat surrounded Fort Davidson and all sides. During the third and final desperate Confederate assault, Arkansas troops of Gen. William Cabell’s brigade fought their way into the dry moat and prepared to climb the wall. Hand grenades were . . . Map (db m99202) HM
32 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — The Powder Magazine
This crater marks the site of the powder magazine. The underground structure was 40 feet long, 12 feet high and 12 feet wide. It was covered with 15 feet of earth to protect it. The powder magazine held some 20 tons of gunpowder and ammunition . . . Map (db m38442) HM
33 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — The Struggle for the MountainsSept. 27, Morning
1. The Confederates attack at dawn. Outnumbered and outflanked, the Federals retire to the mountain slopes. 2. Federal infantry holds Shepherd Mountain but are gradually forced back to avoid encirclement. By 10 a.m. they retire into Fort . . . Map (db m99198) HM
34 Missouri, Iron County, Pilot Knob — The Union Church at Pilot Knob
You are standing near the junction of Maple and Lucas Streets where the Union Church once stood. Originally built around 1860, the non-denominational church was torn down in the 1920s. It served as a meeting place for Union troops during the Civil . . . Map (db m99203) HM
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