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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lafayette County, Missouri

Clickable Map of Lafayette 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> Lafayette County, MO (56) Carroll County, MO (8) Jackson County, MO (352) Johnson County, MO (19) Pettis County, MO (45) Ray County, MO (13) Saline County, MO (8)  LafayetteCounty(56) Lafayette County (56)  CarrollCounty(8) Carroll County (8)  JacksonCounty(352) Jackson County (352)  JohnsonCounty(19) Johnson County (19)  PettisCounty(45) Pettis County (45)  RayCounty(13) Ray County (13)  SalineCounty(8) Saline County (8)
Lexington is the county seat for Lafayette County
Adjacent to Lafayette County, Missouri
      Carroll County (8)  
      Jackson County (352)  
      Johnson County (19)  
      Pettis County (45)  
      Ray County (13)  
      Saline County (8)  
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1 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — Civil War Casualties
Buried in this vicinity of St. Paul's Cemetery are members of the congregation who died as a result of Civil War guerrilla activity from September, 1862 to October 10, 1864. The victims include Heinrich Steinbrink, Heinrich Eickhoff, Christian . . . Map (db m43993) HM
2 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — Concordia Veterans Memorial
In memory of those who served in the Civil War Spanish-American War World War.Map (db m43985) HM
3 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — Lions Club Clock Tower
Marker A: This tower is a memorial to all past and present members of the Concordia Lions Club who have served the interests of the Concordia community. The Club, which was chartered on March 28, 1938, with sixteen members has expanded its . . . Map (db m43984) HM
4 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — Massacre Site / Concordia
Side A: Massacre Site On August 22, 1861, "State Guard" troops under Col. Edwin W. Price plundered this community taking household goods, farm animals and merchandise from Brockhoff's Store. Sunday, Oct. 5, 1862, sixty drunken . . . Map (db m43980) HM
5 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — Missouri Pacific Caboose
Missouri Pacific Caboose, #13645, a gift of the Union Pacific Railway Company, was located in the park on March 10, 1989, a reminder that from May, 1871 to July, 1982 a railroad ran from Lexington to Sedalia through Concordia. The Lexington and . . . Map (db m43989) HM
6 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — 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 m43987) HM
7 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — St. Paul's College — High School and Junior College
Side A: In 1883 St. Paul's was founded by the Reverend F. J. Blitz with the help of Lutherans in the Concordia area who with him saw the need for more ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to serve the growing population of the west. The . . . Map (db m43976) HM
8 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cornerstone
This cornerstone is from St. Paul's "Old Brick Church" 1860 - 1905 erected on this site in 1860 and enlarged in 1880 during the pastorate of Rev. F. J. BiltzMap (db m44014) HM
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9 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — St. Paul's Lutheran Church Veterans Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the 65 members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church who served our country in World War I and in loving memory of Edward Lohman who gave his life for our country. This memorial is dedicated to the . . . Map (db m44012) HM
10 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway — "Father of the Interstate Highway System"
In August 1973, the U.S. Congress designated a cross-country stretch of Interstate as the “Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway,” in tribute to President Eisenhower’s early recognition of the need for a national network of highways to enhance . . . Map (db m140386) HM
11 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — Veterans War Memorial
To honor all veterans who valiantly fought for Liberty, Freedom and Justice. World War I • World War II Korean War • Vietnam War Desert Storm Dedicated Nov. 11, 1989Map (db m43978) HM
12 Missouri, Lafayette County, Concordia — Wilk School Bell
This bell originally hung in the tower of Wilk School, which stood at this location and was named after the school's first teacher, Mr. W. Wilk. Built in 1887 by St. Paul's Lutheran Congregation, Wilk School was primarily for upper grade students . . . Map (db m43991) HM
13 Missouri, Lafayette County, Dover — Santa Fe Trail — 1821 - 1872 — Tabo —
Marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Missouri 1909.Map (db m90421) HM
14 Missouri, Lafayette County, Dover — Santa Fe Trail — 1821 - 1872 — Dover —
[Title is text]Map (db m90895) HM
15 Missouri, Lafayette County, Dover — Tabo Creek — The Santa Fe Trail
A ferry built by Adam Lightner in 1821 may have carried William Becknell's first trade expedition to Santa Fe in that year.Map (db m100375) HM
16 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — Confederate Home Chapel Restoration
To those men who bore the battle and to their wives and their families we dedicate our effort in the restoration of this chapel. July 1976Map (db m90970) WM
17 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — Confederate Memorial Park
The spot where you are standing was once a potato field farmed by the employees, and to a lesser extent, the residents of the Confederate Home. The Confederate Home Board requested the state legislature to set aside 92 acres of the home's farm . . . Map (db m90937) HM
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18 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — Confederate Memorial State Historic Site
Flags at the Confederate Home of Missouri According to Confederate Home records, news clippings, letters, post cards and other images, the United States flag was flown routinely at the Confederate Home of Missouri. The Confederate Home board . . . Map (db m91050) HM
19 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — Confederate Soldiers' Monument
Dedicated to the Memory and Valor of the Confederate Soldiers Confederate Memorial Park Higginsville, Missouri June 2, 1935Map (db m90944) HM
20 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — Confederate States of America - Battle Flags
Confederate Battle Flag This battle flag, often called the Southern Cross flag, is the flag most often associated with the Confederate States of America (CSA) today. The Army of Northern Virginia first used the design as a square flag. . . . Map (db m91054) HM
21 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — Confederate States of America - National Flags
Stars and Bars Flag Adopted in March 1861, the Stars and Bars was the first national flag officially used by the Confederate States of America (CSA). Seven stars represented each of the seven original states of the CSA. The flag gained stars . . . Map (db m91051) HM
22 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — Cottage Row [and] The Confederate Home Chapel
Cottage Row Among the first buildings to be constructed at the Confederate Home of Missouri were small frame houses making up Cottage Row. These three room cottages were located along both sides of the road and served as independent living . . . Map (db m90950) HM
23 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — Lafayette County's First Railroad
In March 1872 Harvey Higgins deeded this two block strip of land to the Lexington and St. Louis Railroad stipulating that a depot be built here. The railroad was the first in the county and its depot was the nucleus of Higginsville. In 1880 the . . . Map (db m140277) HM
24 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — Lion of Lucerne
In Memoriam Our Confederate Dead reverse of Memorial 1861 Gloria Victus 1865Map (db m42858) HM
25 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — Our Confederate Dead — Confederate Home of Missouri Cemetery
The Confederate Home Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 800 people. It was established early in the history of the Confederate Soldiers Home of Missouri. The first interment was in 1891; the last occurred in 1950 when John T. . . . Map (db m91052) HM
26 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — The Confederate Home of Missouri
Missouri's Confederate Soldiers Home dates to the early 1890s. It was conceived as a place of refuge and residence for indigent Confederate veterans, their spouses and minor children. It was the only such facility in the states constructed and . . . Map (db m90945) HM
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27 Missouri, Lafayette County, Higginsville — Their Waning Years
Without government pensions like those available to their former adversaries in the Union Army, aging, indigent Confederate veterans with disabilities relied on family and friends for assistance. By the late 1880s, it was apparent that the burden . . . Map (db m90925) HM
28 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Alexander Mitchell & Company Bank
Robbed of approximately $2,000 at noon, October 30, 1866, by the Jesse James gang. This was the second bank robbed by this gang. Though pursued by a posse, the robbers escaped.Map (db m199122) HM
29 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Christ Church
Established on Whitsunday 1844 by The Rt. Rev'd David Jackson Kemper, First Missionary Bishop of the The Episcopal Church, and by The Rev'd St. Michael Fackler, First Rector of Christ Church. This Gothic-Revival style building, erected in 1848 of . . . Map (db m90447) HM
30 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Fifth Branch Bank Building
Erected in 1846 to house the Fifth Branch of the Bank of the State of Missouri, organized April 10, 1845 and the only one of the five branch locations in the western part of the state. It became Farmers Bank of Missouri in 1857. The bank's funds, . . . Map (db m144786) HM
31 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Guibor's Battery
From this spot Captain Guibor's Battery shelled the Federal troops entrenched on Masonic College Hill during the Battle of Lexington September 18, 19, 20, 1861Map (db m90899) HM
32 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Lafayette County Courthouse
Begun in 1847, the county's third courthouse is the oldest remaining in use in Missouri. The early portion, with its columned portico, remains unchanged except for modern lighting, heating and office equipment. The office wing on the east side, was . . . Map (db m90445) HM
33 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Lexington
Side 1 Lexington, on the bluffs above the broad Missouri, grew up around Jack's Ferry, 1819, to become by 1860 one of the great river ports of the State. Prosperous river trade and agricultural richness of the area made the town a commercial . . . Map (db m90423) HM
34 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Lexington's First Public School Building
Here was erected in 1854 a two-story brick building known as the Public School House until 1868 & after that as the Second Ward School. The building, which also housed Lexington High School 1871-91 was replaced by a two-room, one-story building . . . Map (db m144787) HM
35 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Madonna of the Trail Monument — The National Old Trails Road
The "Madonna of the Trail" statue was designed and sculpted by August Leimbach of St. Louis. The statue was unveiled and dedicated on September 17, 1928 by the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution in memory of the brave . . . Map (db m90919) HM
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36 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Mount Vernon Foundation Stones
From 1820 to 1822 the now vanished village of Mount Vernon, about seven miles east of Lexington at the mouth of Tabo Creek, was the county seat of Lillard (now Lafayette) County. These stones were probably quarried from the nearby bluff and used as . . . Map (db m90358) HM
37 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Original Site of Russell, Majors and Waddell Home Office — The Pony Express
Northwest across this intersection is the original site of the Home Office of Russell, Majors and Waddell, owners and operators of the Pony Express. Though operating headquarters was at Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Eastern Terminus at St. Joseph, . . . Map (db m90906) HM
38 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — 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 loyalty . . . Map (db m90904) HM
39 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — The Battle of Lexington — September 18, 19, 20, 1861
Following victories in southwestern Missouri, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price and 10,000 men of the Missouri State Guard marched north with the objective of breaking the Federal line along the Missouri river. On Sept. 12, 1861 the Guard engaged and drove a . . . Map (db m46105) HM
40 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — The Battle of Lexington — September 18, 19, 20, 1861 — The Anderson House —
William Oliver Anderson (1794-1873) and his son-in-law, Henry Howard Gratz, had built a prosperous business in Lexington around hemp production and rope making in the 1850’s. Prior to the Civil War, Anderson became one of the most prominent . . . Map (db m46109) HM
41 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — The Battle of Lexington — Sept. 18, 19 and 20, 1861 — Hospital Attack —
Col. James Mulligan knew that his men in the outer entrenchments were easy targets for the Southern soldiers who had scampered to the second floor and roof of the Anderson House. It was from this area that the Union counter-assault was launched . . . Map (db m46112) HM
42 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — The Battle of Lexington — Sept. 18, 19 and 20, 1861 — Entrance to the Battlefield —
At the onset of the Civil War Missouri was of particular importance as the westernmost border state, gateway to the western territories and bordered by the Mississippi River. Militarily the situation was grave. On Aug. 10, 1861 Union forces suffered . . . Map (db m46115) HM
43 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — The Battle of Lexington — Sept. 18, 19 and 20, 1861 — Battlefield —
This area saw action between the Missouri Home Guard units and the Missouri State Guard. The Home Guard were composed of pro-Union German immigrants from Lafayette county. They were commanded by Maj. F.W. Becker. Sharpshooters kept many of the . . . Map (db m46167) HM
44 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — The Library Building
Begun in 1846 by Cumberland Presbyterians who first organized near Lexington in 1822 and whom Rev. Finis Ewing, a founder of the sect, served as pastor from 1836 until his death in 1841. general Assembly of the denomination met here in 1856. James . . . Map (db m90357) HM
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45 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — The Steamboat Saluda Disaster — April 9, 1852
In early April 1852 the aging side-wheeler steamboat Saluda churned up the Missouri River from St. Louis, bound for Kanesville (Council Bluffs), Iowa. Unable to push past the Lexington Bend due to ice floes and strong currents, it docked at . . . Map (db m90448) HM
46 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Trail of Death — Historical Marker
On October 26, 1838 about 800 Potawatomi Indians being forcibly removed from Indiana camped on the river bank opposite Lexington. They ferried the Missouri River on October 27 and were marched on to Northeast Kansas. This monument is in memory . . . Map (db m90921) HM
47 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — Wentworth World War Memorial
Wentworth Alumni Memorial to those who made the supreme sacrifice in the World War 1917 - 1918 ——————— Robert Clore '15 • John W. Davis '09 • Leslie Horn '10 • Russell Steinbeck '11 Ben T. . . . Map (db m144789) WM
48 Missouri, Lafayette County, Lexington — William Morrison
William Morrison fought his was from poverty and obscurity to become one of the most influential citizens of Lexington. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1817 to John and Nancy (Barns) Morrison, a family of Scots descent that settled in New . . . Map (db m90456) HM
49 Missouri, Lafayette County, Napoleon — Potawatomi Trail of Death March — 1838
Sunday, October 28th the Potawatomi passed through Napoleon. They camped outside of town at Fire Prairie Creek.Map (db m200329) HM
50 Missouri, Lafayette County, Napoleon — Santa Fe Trail — 1821 - 1872
Marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Missouri 1909Map (db m90356) HM
51 Missouri, Lafayette County, Napoleon — The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri
On June 21, 1804, a few miles above the future site of Lexington, the Lewis and Clark Expedition faced rapids that "rored like an immence falls." Navigator Pierre Cruzatte selected their route, which was hardly an easy one. The men had to tow the . . . Map (db m90457) HM
52 Missouri, Lafayette County, Waverly — Gen. Joseph O. Shelby Park — Waverly, Missouri
Waverly, noted for fine apples & rich farmlands was settled in 1818, chartered in 1850 with William Smith Thomas as Mayor. In 1804 Lewis & Clark Expedition made oars near Port of Waverly which served Missouri River steamboats and now barge lines for . . . Map (db m90359) HM
53 Missouri, Lafayette County, Waverly — Lewis and Clark
Sent out by Thomas Jefferson to explore the Great North West, spent three days near here making new oars for their boats June 17-18-19 • 1804Map (db m131994) HM
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54 Missouri, Lafayette County, Waverly — Port of Waverly
On June 17 and 18, 1804, Lewis and Clark camped a few miles downstream to make oars from timber in the area. Near the camp was a river crossing for Sacs, Ayauways (Iowas), and Sioux in their excursions against the Osage. On June 19, the explorers . . . Map (db m90360) HM
55 Missouri, Lafayette County, Waverly — The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri
On June 16, the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed present-day Waverly in a flotilla consisting of a keelboat and two pirogues. The men were keeping and eye out for good timber with which to replace their oars that had worn out from use in the nearly . . . Map (db m90420) HM
56 Missouri, Lafayette County, Wellington — Potawatomi "Trail of Death" March — Sept. - Nov. 1838
On Saturday October 27th the Potawatomi Indians camped in Wellington at the Little Schuy Creek (Big Sni). On Sunday October 28, a Potawatomi child died.Map (db m200328) HM
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Dec. 8, 2023