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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Platte County, Missouri

Clickable Map of Platte 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> Platte County, MO (72) Buchanan County, MO (59) Clay County, MO (75) Clinton County, MO (13) Atchison County, KS (40) Leavenworth County, KS (106) Wyandotte County, KS (104)  PlatteCounty(72) Platte County (72)  BuchananCounty(59) Buchanan County (59)  ClayCounty(75) Clay County (75)  ClintonCounty(13) Clinton County (13)  AtchisonCountyKansas(40) Atchison County (40)  LeavenworthCounty(106) Leavenworth County (106)  WyandotteCounty(104) Wyandotte County (104)
Platte City is the county seat for Platte County
Adjacent to Platte County, Missouri
      Buchanan County (59)  
      Clay County (75)  
      Clinton County (13)  
      Atchison County, Kansas (40)  
      Leavenworth County, Kansas (106)  
      Wyandotte County, Kansas (104)  
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1 Missouri, Platte County, Camden Point — Camden Point Veterans' Marker
North side of marker To the men and women in the Air Force Army Coast Guard Marine Corps Merchant Marines Navy This monument is erected to honor your sacrifices in defending and preserving our great Nation . . . Map (db m22004) HM
2 Missouri, Platte County, Farley — John H. Dillingham
This marker is dedicated to the memory of John H. Dillingham Sheriff of Platte County, Missouri from 1896 to 1900 First law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Platte County Killed on this spot on August 20, 1900, by . . . Map (db m40986) HM
3 Missouri, Platte County, Ferrelview — Former Site of Red Crown Tavern and Tourist Cabins
In 1931 Emmett Breen built Red Crown Tavern and Tourist Cabins west of here. On July 19, 1933, Platte County Sheriff Holt Coffey led a coalition of lawmen from the Platte County Sheriff's Office, Missouri Highway Patrol and the Jackson . . . Map (db m64391) HM
4 Missouri, Platte County, Iatan — Cow Island
"Set out verry early this morning and proceeded on under a gentle Breeze from the S. passed two Islands one a Small Willow Island on the L.S. the other large Called by the french Isle de Vache or Cow Island, opposit the head of the S.S. is a large . . . Map (db m44567) HM
5 Missouri, Platte County, Iatan — The Lewis and Clark Expedition
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired . . . Map (db m44565) HM
6 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — T2 [32] — Airport History
The story of Kansas City International Airport began in 1952 with the purchase of 4,700 acres in Platte County – a shopping excursion that started in the early 1940s. In 1953, in a truly visionary move, the site was officially designated as . . . Map (db m43178) HM
7 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — C2 — All That Jazz
New Orleans may be known as the birthplace of jazz, but “America’s music” really grew up in Kansas City. Here, jazz developed and matured, growing out of ragtime and blues into a distinct Midwestern sound. The most important bands to . . . Map (db m43224) HM
8 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — A2 — Aromatherapy
Downtown workers have come to believe that “wake up and smell the coffee” was a phrase coined right here in Kansas City. It’s all thanks to the local Folger Coffee Company Plant, which opened at 701 Broadway in 1938, at the suggestion . . . Map (db m43181) HM
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9 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B11 — Art and Soul
A Midwestern city as a hotbed of artistic expression? You bet. Here in Kansas City, you’ll discover a wealth of superb arts and cultural offerings. From the extraordinary exhibits and architecture of The Nelson-Atkins Museum to the excitement of . . . Map (db m43200) HM
10 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B13 — Atkins Gift
She was a woman of few words, but her wealth spoke volumes. Mary Atkins had been a school teacher in her younger years, and didn’t marry until her early forties when she met and fell in love with widower, James Burris Atkins. Then, just eight years . . . Map (db m43203) HM
11 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — C10 — City of Fountains
City of great barbeque? True. City of great jazz? Also true. City of fountains? Right again. Among Kansas City’s greatest claims to fame is our plethora of beautiful ornamental fountains. The love of fountains and statuary began in the 1890s . . . Map (db m43236) HM
12 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B9 — Football Fever
Can you imagine rooting for the Kansas City Texans? Team owner, Lamar Hunt, once considered keeping the nickname of the team he brought to our town from Dallas in 1963. Instead, after considering such monikers as the “Steers,” the . . . Map (db m43197) HM
13 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B5 — Hale: The Firepole
Imagine this scene in 1850… a dry, hot summer day in the newly incorporated town of Kansas City. The street is crowded with wooden structures. Suddenly, swirls of black smoke stream from a saloon roof. The church bells begin to ring, calling for . . . Map (db m43193) HM
14 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B3 — Happy Trails
Here in Kansas City, hikers and bikers can get a large dose of history with their fitness routines, thanks to the location of the city’s top trails. One of the most popular city trails follows an old trolley line that once carried riders from . . . Map (db m43189) HM
15 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — C11 — Heart of the Nation
In the middle, but never on the fence. That’s Kansas City. Located near the true geographic and population centers of the country, Kansas City truly sits at the heart of the nation. And, throughout history, that position on the map has meant both . . . Map (db m43253) HM
16 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B6 — Home of BBQ
On a warm summer evening in Kansas City, you can develop an appetite just driving down the street. That’s because this unofficial “Home of Barbecue” boasts more than 90 barbecue-devoted restaurants, as well as numerous BBQ cookoffs, and . . . Map (db m43194) HM
17 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — A3 — KC Art Deco
Want to find a little culture in Kansas City? Just look up. Our city is filled with extraordinary examples of architectural styles, from beaux-arts to modern. But our assortment of Art Deco-style buildings is our real claim to architectural fame. . . . Map (db m43182) HM
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18 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B12 — KC: On Flight
From TWA to Executive Beechcraft, Kansas City has some big names to drop when it comes to our aviation history. The original TWA headquarters still stands at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, though space-constriction caused . . . Map (db m196085) HM
19 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — C1 — KC's Baseball Story
To many fans outside of K.C., it might seem as if the birth of baseball here began when Ewing Kauffman founded the Kansas City Royals in 1969, and gave the town the beautiful, now-named Kauffman Stadium in 1973. And it might seem as if our most . . . Map (db m196103) HM
20 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — C7 — Lewis and Clark
In 1803, only a handful of states existed in America – the rest of the land was uncharted wilderness. That wilderness included the Louisiana Territory, which was purchased that year by the United States government. At the same time, . . . Map (db m43233) HM
21 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B7 — Mouse Tale
Believe it or not, everyone’s favorite mouse may have been conceived right here in Kansas City. Mickey Mouse’s creator, Walt Disney, spent much of his youth in our city after moving here from his childhood home in Marceline, Missouri. But his . . . Map (db m43195) HM
22 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — C6 — On The River
In the 1860s, along a superhighway called the Missouri River, the traffic was heavy and the perils were great. The river’s fast and ever-changing currents made for a treacherous journey from St. Louis to what was then known as “the town of . . . Map (db m43232) HM
23 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — C9 — One of KC's Oldest
If you like a bit of history with your beer or burger, be sure to head for Kelly’s Westport Inn, in Kansas City’s Westport district. During the westward movement in the mid-1800s, Westport was a "re-fueling" stop where wagon trains could replenish . . . Map (db m43235) HM
24 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B10 — Rail Center
If you wanted a steak in New York before 1867, you pretty much had to wait until your dinner came in on four legs from Texas to the railheads in central Missouri, and finally hitched a train to Chicago. It was there that cattle were unceremoniously . . . Map (db m43199) HM
25 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — A4 — Satchel Paige
He wasn’t born in Kansas City, but in his heart, Satchel Paige called it home. As a pitcher for the Kansas City Monarchs and six other teams, Satchel Paige was the nearest thing to a legend that ever came out of the Negro Leagues. His fastball and . . . Map (db m43183) HM
26 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — A6 — Shoe Parties
Tea biscuits, duck ponds and school shoes. That’s what comes to mind when the locals recall Kansas Citian, Ella Loose. After nearly seven decades, her name lives on through the many great philanthropic gifts she bestowed on our city. In the . . . Map (db m43186) HM
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27 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — C8 — Sweet Tooth
Next time you open up a cool Eskimo Pie or a creamy Valomilk candy, you’ll appreciate them even more if you consider the colorful history behind these sweet treats. Eskimo Pies gained fame thanks to candy man Russell Stover, who partnered with . . . Map (db m43234) HM
28 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — C3 — Swope Park
Bing Crosby once played in a golf tournament here for the American War Dads. Boulder climbers can often be seen challenging its rock formations. And the strains of celebrity singers can be heard in the air all summer long (between the roar of lions . . . Map (db m43227) HM
29 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B8 — The American Royal
Kansas Citians may have hung up their cowboy hats for business suits, but we’re still mighty proud of our “Cowtown” past. In fact, we celebrate it every year with one of the oldest livestock shows in the country – The American . . . Map (db m43196) HM
30 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B4 — The Country Club Plaza
Like Cinderella, Kansas City’s famous Country Club Plaza wasn’t always a glittering princess. In the late 1890s, the area, known as Brush Creek Valley, was still a marshland populated by beavers and foxes, and tread only by fur trappers, Native . . . Map (db m43190) HM
31 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — C5 — The Garment District
Back in 1915, wearing a good pair of jeans wasn’t a fashion statement; it was a necessity for working in the factories and on farms. And Kansas Citian, H.D. Lee, was ready to answer the need. Lee’s company was one of the first businesses to settle . . . Map (db m43231) HM
32 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B2 — The Liberty Memorial
The Liberty Memorial, one of Kansas City’s most recognizable landmarks, is the only major memorial in the United States dedicated to World War I. In late 1919, when American spirit was at its peak following “the war to end all wars,” . . . Map (db m43188) HM
33 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — A1 — The Pony Express
Some might say the idea for the Pony Express arose from a bad case of saddle sores. In 1849, W.M. Gwin, a senator from the new state of California, was making his way on horseback from San Francisco to Washington City. He and his companion, Mr. . . . Map (db m43179) HM
34 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — A5 — The Stockyards
Railroads and cattle. The two were made for each other, and nowhere did that become more evident than right here in Kansas City. As cattlemen began using the expanding Kansas Pacific railroad to move cattle more quickly from Texas to points . . . Map (db m43184) HM
35 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — C4 — Thomas Hart Benton
Kansas City’s most famous artist-in-residence was Thomas Hart Benton, known for his graceful and detailed murals celebrating (and sometimes criticizing) American life. Benton was born in Neosho, Missouri, in 1889. He was the son of a . . . Map (db m43230) HM
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36 Missouri, Platte County, Kansas City — B1 — Tribal Heritage
It was not by choice that much of what remained of the original Huron Tribe of Ontario came to live in “the town of Kansas” in the 1840s. They had wandered for 50 years through the northern states after being cut off by the Iroquois. By . . . Map (db m149313) HM
37 Missouri, Platte County, Parkville — Attack on the Paw Paw FortMissouri's Civil War 1861 - 1865 — The Struggle for Platte County — Reported permanently removed
Northwest Missouri Tinderbox Conflict and uncertainty were widespread in northwest Missouri in the summer of 1864. Federal forces struggled in a heavy-handed manner to control areas much too large for their capabilities. Raiders from . . . Map (db m65997) HM
38 Missouri, Platte County, Parkville — Park Bank - Farmers Exchange Bank1917
[Title is text]Map (db m65995) HM
39 Missouri, Platte County, Parkville — Parkville Reported permanently removed
Founded by George S. Park - 1838 First known as English Landing, river port on frontier, steamboat landing; slave, tobacco, and hemp market. Home of Park College Founded 1875 John A. McAfee and George S. Park pioneered in new . . . Map (db m65993) HM
40 Missouri, Platte County, Platte City — Guy B. Park
Erected to the Memory of Guy B. Park 38th Governor of Missouri 1933 - 37 Born at Platte City, Mo. June 10, 1872 - October 1, 1946Map (db m63522) HM
41 Missouri, Platte County, Platte City — Platte CityWilliam McClung Paxton
Here in 1839, with the "Platte Purchase", some of many settlers from Kentucky joined to establish Platte City; one, an Attorney, Merchant, Farmer, Mill Operator, Abstractor, Banker, Public Administrator, Genealogist, Historian, Poet and Civic . . . Map (db m63521) HM
42 Missouri, Platte County, Platte City — Platte County
[Front] Platte is one of 6 counties formed from the U.S. Government's 1836 Platte Purchase in which Iowa, Sac, Fox, and small bands of other Indian tribes gave up over 2 million acres of land for $7,500 and other benefits. The Purchase was . . . Map (db m66465) HM
43 Missouri, Platte County, Platte City — Veterans MemorialLest We Forget — Duty • Honor • Country —
A Grateful Tribute to the Living and the Dead In memory and in honor of all Platte County men and women who served in the Armed Forces of our country in times of war and peace Designed and dedicated by VFW Post 4055 on Nov 11 . . . Map (db m63523) WM
44 Missouri, Platte County, Riverside — Renner Village Site23PL1
This area was frequented by prehistoric people as early as 5000 B.C.. This site is best known as the regional center of aboriginal population in Hopewell times, A.D. 1-500, and occupied throughout the Woodland Culture into Middle Mississippian . . . Map (db m73531) HM
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45 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — "Bear Medison Island"Monday, July 2, 1804 [and] Sunday, September 14, 1806
In Lewis and Clark's day, the Missouri River was here where the foot of Weston's Main Street is today. Bear Medicine Island was in the river at this place in 1804. According to Clark's notes, the Indians called the island Wau-car-ba . . . Map (db m44521) HM
46 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — 8 — "Hell's Half Acre"Market Street
In Weston's early boom days, the Missouri River ran at the foot of Main Street, adjacent to this area of town. Most of the buildings were occupied by low rent hotels, saloons and dance halls. In 1851, Weston newspapers advertised fifteen saloons.Map (db m44522) HM
47 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Bechler Building1845 — Weston Historic District 1837 —
Excellent example of porcelain-covered brick. Second floor living quarters. First floor used as a saloon, barber shop, doctor & dentist offices.Map (db m44538) HM
48 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Benjamin Wood House1845 — Weston Historic District 1837 —
Two story 3 brick thick Federal style with flanking chimneys. 6 fireplaces. Original pine floors & woodwork. Restored 1990, by Mr. & Mrs. Glen Payne.Map (db m77145) HM
49 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Cody House1845 — Weston Historic District —
Lot sold to Elijah Cody for $7.50. As a boy, "Buffalo Bill" William Cody vacationed here with his uncle Elijah. McCalley residence since 1947.Map (db m44543) HM
50 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Corner Building1845 — Weston Historic District —
Home of boot shop, living quarters below. Later housed newspapers, doctor, shoe repair, insurance. Tin roof, ornamantal tin ceiling. Front redone 1926.Map (db m44539) HM
51 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Doppler Building1856 — Weston Historic District 1837 —
Two story brick store house, home of dry goods, grocery, & Quinley paint store. Well preserved ornamental tin ceiling.Map (db m44529) HM
52 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — How Building1848 — Weston Historic District 1837 —
One of the original business buidings, survived Fire of 1853. Handmade brick with metal standing seam roof, known as How Boot and Shoe Store.Map (db m44533) HM
53 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Kaufmann Building1854 — Weston Historic District 1837 —
Two story brick with cast iron front. Early use as grocery & provision store. Also housed bakery & confectionery, ice cream parlor, meat market & garage.Map (db m44532) HM
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54 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Laurel Hill Cemetery
Around 1838, the city’s founding father acquired a half-acre of land and established the City Cemetery to serve as a final resting place for the residents of Weston. By 1853, the area was becoming too crowded, and business man Theodore F. Warner . . . Map (db m77293) HM
55 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Laurel Hill Cemetery
Confederate Soldiers In this area, along the front fence line, five Confederates are buried. They died of wounds shortly after a skirmish near Weston. Union troops were encamped in the northern part of the cemetery, the confederates were . . . Map (db m77294) HM
56 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Laurel Hill Cemetery
In the 1850s, one-third of Weston’s population was African-American. As you look down this hillside and up towards the back fence of the cemetery, you see the area that was set aside for those individuals, free or slave, of African-American . . . Map (db m77295) HM
57 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Laurel Hill Cemetery
The Magers Family Heinrich D. Magers, who died in 1851, and his wife, Louisa, who preceded him in death in 1848, were both born in Germany and started their family in Hanover. They immigrated to America shortly after and traveled west to . . . Map (db m77296) HM
58 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Laurel Hill Cemetery
The Waggoner Family Known as a gentle man of large stature, Martin Richard Waggoner arrived in Weston in 1898 and opened a jewelry store before he went on to manage Kelly’s, a saloon in the St. George Hotel. Martin married Emma Quinley of . . . Map (db m77297) HM
59 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Lewis & Clark Campsite
The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped in this area July 2, 1804 opposite the head of Bear Medicine Island (later Kickapoo Island) and replaced a broken mast with a cut cottonwood. They noted across the river remains of the old French fort . . . Map (db m44520) HM
60 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Mitchell Building1844 — Weston Historic District 1837 —
Property first deeded to T.W. Mitchell by town of Weston for $13.49. Early day uses were shoe shop, law & dental offices. Rebuilt as medical building in 1939.Map (db m44530) HM
61 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Parr Building1853 — Weston Historic District 1837 —
Commercial building, brick porcelain facade added early 1900's. Used as a drug store until 1896. Home of Weston's first electric theatre in 1909.Map (db m44544) HM
62 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Presbyterian Church1844 — Weston Historic District —
Federal style church erected by Presbyterian congregation. Since 1934, the Weston Christian Assembly Church. Weston's only remaining church building of the 1840's.Map (db m44545) HM
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63 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — St. George Hotel1847 — Weston Historic District 1837 —
Rebuilt 1890 Lodging for River Captains and Wagon MastersMap (db m44531) HM
64 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — The Lewis and Clark Expedition
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired . . . Map (db m44517) HM
65 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Timeline of Weston History
Panel 1 1837 Weston is established by Joseph Moore taking a land claim and building the first cabin at present intersection of Market and Main 1837 Salem Christian Church is founded. Building constructed in 1841 1838 . . . Map (db m77143) HM
66 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — United Methodist Church1859 — Weston Historic District —
Organized with 52 people in home of Jeremiah Wood April 7, 1838. Present building begun 1859, delayed by Civil War, completed 1867, dedicated Sept. 4, 1868.Map (db m44542) HM
67 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Weston
Established, 1837; oldest existing town in the Platte Purchase. Boyhood home of "Buffalo" Bill Cody; last outfitting post for overland wagon trains; home of Ben Hollady, Stage Coach King.Map (db m44503) HM
68 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Weston Christian Church1906 — Weston Historic District 1837 —
Present Victorian building dedicated in 1907 to replace brick Federalist style church built 1854. Memorial stained glass windows added since 1934.Map (db m44546) HM
69 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Weston Veterans MemorialTo All Who Served - Some Gave All — Lest We Forget —
This memorial is dedicated to all the men and women who served these United States in times of war and peace Dedicated Nov. 11, 1998 Dedicated to the Memory of SPC Colby M. Farnan 1982 - 2005 Operation Iraqi Freedom 4th . . . Map (db m44501) HM
70 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Weston, MissouriEstablished 1837
Weston, Missouri, as shown on Edwards Brother's map of 1877, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places August 21, 1972. The historic area encompasses sixteen full blocks and portions of eight additional city blocks and approximately . . . Map (db m44509) HM
71 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Weston, Missouri, Jail1911 — Weston Historic District —
First jail, 1880's log, located upper Main St. This Thomas Street building erected next to first fire station. Ceased being used as jail in 1960's. National Register of Historic PlacsesMap (db m44506) HM
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72 Missouri, Platte County, Weston — Yocum-Benner Buildings1860 — Weston Historic District 1837 —
Two story brick, original ornamental tin ceilings - storefront chaned in 1890's. Housed early saloons, cafes, also Chevrolet & Ford agencies in the 1930's.Map (db m44528) HM
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Feb. 21, 2024