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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Pettis County, Missouri

Clickable Map of Pettis 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> Pettis County, MO (45) Benton County, MO (1) Cooper County, MO (20) Henry County, MO (7) Johnson County, MO (19) Lafayette County, MO (56) Morgan County, MO (3) Saline County, MO (8)  PettisCounty(45) Pettis County (45)  BentonCounty(1) Benton County (1)  CooperCounty(20) Cooper County (20)  HenryCounty(7) Henry County (7)  JohnsonCounty(19) Johnson County (19)  LafayetteCounty(56) Lafayette County (56)  MorganCounty(3) Morgan County (3)  SalineCounty(8) Saline County (8)
Sedalia is the county seat for Pettis County
Adjacent to Pettis County, Missouri
      Benton County (1)  
      Cooper County (20)  
      Henry County (7)  
      Johnson County (19)  
      Lafayette County (56)  
      Morgan County (3)  
      Saline County (8)  
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1 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — 110 East Main Street
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m85251) HM
2 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — 112 East Main Street
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m85255) HM
3 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — 120 East Main Street
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m85258) HM
4 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — 4-H Building — 1905 — Architect: Thomas Bast • Contractor: T. H. Johnson —
Today's 4-H Building has served many purposes over the years, originally named the Poultry Building to serve the needs of the poultry department. In the 1930s, it was designated as the Missouri Building, housing the Missouri State Exhibit from . . . Map (db m85034) HM
5 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — All American Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to All American Veterans who served in peace & war May 23, 2007Map (db m85197) WM
6 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Cattle Barns — 1904 - 1941 — Architect: Thomas Bast • Contractor: T. H. Johnson —
The earliest cattle barn, the Shorthorn Barn, was built in 1904 to replace barns destroyed by fire. The barn has round arched entrances accented by pilasters enclosing a decorative brick parapet. The 1905 Hereford Barn uses pilasters that extend . . . Map (db m85094) HM
7 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Cattle Barns — 1907, 1926 — Architect: Thomas Bast • Contractor: T. H. Johnson, Dean & Hancock —
The westernmost cattle barn, with the typical round arches and terra cotta trim, houses Aberdeen Angus Cattle. The easternmost 1907 barn houses Jersey Cattle. It is considered to be the most decorated cattle barn, perhaps because it was the . . . Map (db m85095) HM
8 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Coliseum — 1906 — Architect: Thomas Bast • Contractor: T. H. Johnson —
The Coliseum, originally called the Livestock Pavilion, has traditionally been used for showing and judging livestock and for horse shows. In addition, four presidents who have visited the Fairgrounds have spoken here – William Howard . . . Map (db m85011) HM
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9 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Commercial Building — 1903 — Architect: Thomas Bast • Contractor: T. H. Johnson —
Originally designed as the Palace of Agriculture, this 80' by 160' building was labeled the Horticulture Building by the Premium List of 1906, but the Agriculture Building by Program Books from 1915, 1918, and 1920. Postcards from 1908 through . . . Map (db m85017) HM
10 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Family Fun Center — 1903 — Architects: Thomas Bast • Contractors: Heckert & Ricketts —
Built in 1903, the Family Fun Center is one of the three oldest buildings on the fairgrounds. It has served a variety of purposes and has had several names. Constructed in 1903 as the Poultry Building, it was redesignated as the Dairy Building . . . Map (db m85090) HM
11 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Historic Administration Building — 1927 — Architect: Thomas Bast • Contractors: Dean & Hancock —
Named for Governor Sam A. Baker, the Historic Administration Building is a two-story building of buff-colored brick. Originally the building included a cafeteria and sleeping rooms for department superintendents. It now houses the Missouri State . . . Map (db m85015) HM
12 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — History of Sedalia
1860... Vision of Prosperity Welcome to Sedalia, Pettis County seat and home of the Missouri State Fair. Sedalia, originally named Sedville, began as a vision in the mind and on the farm of George R. Smith. "Sed" was the nickname of . . . Map (db m85305) HM
13 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Hoffman Building
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m85186) HM
14 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Home Economics Building — 1909 — Architect: Thomas Bast • Contractor: Unknown —
The John Deere Plow Company built this building as a display area for farm implements and wagons. Simpler than other exhibition buildings, the building features large, closely spaced, twelve-light, flat arched windows. In the 1920s, the Missouri . . . Map (db m85088) HM
15 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Hotel Bothwell — 103 E. 4th
· 1927: John Bothwell & Community Hotel Company completed $400,000 hotel · 1934: Harry S Truman learned he had been selected to run for U.S. Senate · 1942: Actress Bette Davis dined in Palm Room · 1959: Actors Clint Eastwood & Eric . . . Map (db m85265) HM
16 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Ilgenfritz Block — 224-232 S. Ohio — Commerce Building —
· 1885: William Ilgenfritz broke ground · 1886-1920: Messerly and Meuschke dry goods · 1915: Addition to north for F. W. Woolworth Co. dime store (1915-1969) · 1921-1927: Chasnoffs department store · 1927-1975: J.C. Penney department . . . Map (db m85161) HM
17 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Katy Depot — Dedicated May, 1896 — Bradford Gilbert, Architect • Goodlander Construction —
The Katy Depot signifies the importance of Sedalia in the history and development of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad as well as the railroad's importance to the history and development of Sedalia. Listed on the National Register of . . . Map (db m85225) HM
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18 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Katy Trail State Park 25th Anniversary — 1990 - 2015
From its inception and throughout its 25-year history, Katy Trail State Park has been one of the most successful rails-to-trail conversions projects in the United States. As the longest developed rail-trail in the United States, it has been . . . Map (db m85301) HM
19 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Maple Leaf Park
A tribute to the living legacy of Scott Joplin and to Sedalia, "The Cradle of Ragtime" Dedicated June 1, 1999 —————————— [Wayside Interpretive Panel] 1st Page of the . . . Map (db m85294) HM
20 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Missouri Highway History
Missouri's first century of road history was one of special legislation, local control and inadequate funds. Laws of 1907 and 1913 provided for a general state road fund and a highway engineer - the first effort toward state control. The law of . . . Map (db m85046) HM
21 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Missouri State Highway System
An achievement of engineering vision and finance made possible by the motoring public with the leadership of the Automobile Club of MissouriMap (db m85043) HM
22 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Missouri: The Show Bee State
Native Bees Native bees are a large and diverse group of wild bees originating from North America. There are over 4,000 species of bees in the U.S. and Canada. Missouri Bees Missouri has over 400 species of bees, ranging in size . . . Map (db m85051) HM
23 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Old Smokie Frisco Engine
Presented to the MO State Fair by Frisco Railway. Accepted by Gov. James T. Blair Jr. Aug. 20, 1956. Moved from Ft. Scott, Kan. to its present location by the MKT. Railroad. Original cost: $194,845 Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works Aug. 1943 . . . Map (db m85023) HM
24 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Pettis County Courthouse
Block of ground donated by Gen. Geo. R. Smith Building erected 1924 County Court Presiding Judge J. L. McCurdy Associate Judges G. W. Teeter S. M. Williams A. R. Barnes, Supt ------------- Corner Stone Laid Feb. 7, 1924 • A. L. . . . Map (db m85193) HM
25 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Pettis County Courthouse — 415 S. Ohio
· 1864: Sedalia designated county seat · 1885: $100,000 courthouse completed · 1920: Destroyed by fire · 1925: Present $350,000 courthouse completed · 1926: Doughboy memorial dedicated, now honoring WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam War . . . Map (db m85199) HM
26 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Pettis County Courthouse Memorial — 1885 - 1920
[Drawing of courthouse burning]Map (db m85192) HM
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27 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Pettis County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated Nov. 11, 1973 This memorial to all Pettis Countians living and dead, who served the Armed Forces of the United States of America Presented to the Pettis County Court and all Pettis Countians by the American Legion Post 16 Howard R. . . . Map (db m85196) WM
28 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Poultry & Rabbit Building — 1909, 1920 — Architect: Thomas Bast • Contractor: T. H. Johnson —
The Poultry and Rabbit Building was originally used to display machinery. In order to allow for adequate ventilation, the original building had no roof but was covered with an awning during the Fair. The building was named the Missouri Building . . . Map (db m85025) HM
29 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — 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 replica of the Statue of Liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty . . . Map (db m85273) HM
30 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Sedalia Points of Interest
The Sedalia Depot visitor center is the place to begin a Sedalia sightseeing tour. Building hours are posted on the door, and visitors are welcome to tour the historic building, discover the history of Sedalia's railroad culture and learn . . . Map (db m85311) HM
31 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Sedalia to Clifton City — Points of Interest
Clifton City, the next trail head east, is 11.7 miles by way of the old rail corridor. Due to an undeveloped section of trail immediately east of here, some travel over city streets is required, adding slightly to that distance. The grade is . . . Map (db m85314) HM
32 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Sedalia to Green Ridge — Points of Interest
Green Ridge, the next trail head west, is 12.1 miles from here. The grade between these two trail heads remains fairly level, with a slight decline beyond the Missouri State Fair. The grade increases past Campbell Siding and decreases again to . . . Map (db m85315) HM
33 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Sedalia's Rag Tag Train
The Railroad is a mighty force magical and mysterious Trains represent noise, rhythm and change. To many trains seem a thing of the past - the stuff of story books. With this art piece the Sedalia Heritage Foundation sought to provide . . . Map (db m85228) HM
34 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Site of the Maple Leaf Club
Erected in tribute to Scott Joplin 1868 - 1917 Composer John Stark 1841 - 1927 Publisher of The Maple Leaf Rag and other Sedalia Ragtimers Arthur Marshall Scott Hayden . . . Map (db m85277) HM
35 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Swine Pavilion — 1922 — Architect: Thomas Bast • Contractors: Dean & Hancock —
The Swine Pavilion originally housed swine and sheep. The building has a flat, three-tiered roof and square, hipped roofed towers on the northeast and southeast corners. The building lacks symmetry; the west wing was not completed as planned . . . Map (db m85091) HM
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36 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — The Merci Boxcar
This is an original French boxcar. The 40 Homme et 8 Chevaux painted on the ends means this car holds 40 men and 8 horses (or mules). The plaques represent the French provinces. American troops rode these boxcars to and from battle in WWI and . . . Map (db m85073) HM WM
37 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — The Trail's End Project — America's 1st Trail's End
The Trail's End Project is an historical, educational and artistic tribute to the American spirit of opportunity, adventure and perseverance staged in the 1860's era of dynamic western development. The times were turbulent with political[,] . . . Map (db m85134) HM
38 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Varied Industries Building — 1903 — Architects: Thomas Bast • Contractors: Heckert & Ricketts, John Colaflower & Dean Brothers —
The Varied Industries Building was originally called the Horticulture Building, one of the most elaborate of the 1903 exposition halls. Early Program Books and Premium Lists identify this as the Horticulture Building, though postcards from the . . . Map (db m85020) HM
39 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Veterans Memorial
To Veterans of All WarsMap (db m85259) WM
40 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Vietnam War Memorial
Erected by the Citizens of Pettis County in honor of our sons who faithfully served this nation and the cause of freedom in the Vietnam War with special tribute to those men whose valor and devotion to duty took them from us. We . . . Map (db m85262) WM
41 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — War Dogs Memorial
In memory & honor of our War Dogs They have served our country with devotion and selflessness My eyes are your eyes to watch & protect you & yours & detect evil minds in the dark My nose is your nose to scent the invaders of . . . Map (db m85188) WM
42 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — Womans Building — 1910 — Architects: Thomas Bast • Contractors: R. F. Sellers & S. W. Ricketts —
The Womans Building is in the Georgian Revival style, popular for elegant homes during the early twentieth century. The building originally had dormitory space on the second floor and a ballroom or assembly hall on the third floor. It also had a . . . Map (db m85012) HM
43 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia — World War I Memorial — World War II, Korea, Vietnam
In Memory of Our Glorious Dead 1917 - 1918 World War II Korea Vietnam [Rolls of Honored Dead]Map (db m85194) WM
44 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia, Sedalia Township — Hillis Block — 313 South Ohio
. . . Map (db m216895) HM
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45 Missouri, Pettis County, Sedalia, Sedalia Township — John Stark & Son Music Co. — Knights of Pythias Bldg. — 114 East 5th Street —
On this site, August 10, 1899 Scott Joplin signed the contract for John Stark to publish The Maple Leaf Rag Joplin almost immediately gained fame as the King of Ragtime and the famous royalty contract enabled . . . Map (db m216896) HM
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Sep. 28, 2023