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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lexington, 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 (345) Johnson County, MO (19) Pettis County, MO (43) Ray County, MO (13) Saline County, MO (6)  LafayetteCounty(56) Lafayette County (56)  CarrollCounty(8) Carroll County (8)  JacksonCounty(345) Jackson County (345)  JohnsonCounty(19) Johnson County (19)  PettisCounty(43) Pettis County (43)  RayCounty(13) Ray County (13)  SalineCounty(6) Saline County (6)
Lexington is the county seat for Lafayette County
Lexington is in Lafayette County
      Lafayette County (56)  
      Carroll County (8)  
      Jackson County (345)  
      Johnson County (19)  
      Pettis County (43)  
      Ray County (13)  
      Saline County (6)  
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1Missouri (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
2Missouri (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
3Missouri (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
4Missouri (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
5Missouri (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
6Missouri (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
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7Missouri (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
8Missouri (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
9Missouri (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
10Missouri (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
11Missouri (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
12Missouri (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
13Missouri (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
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14Missouri (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
15Missouri (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
16Missouri (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
17Missouri (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
18Missouri (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
19Missouri (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
20Missouri (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
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21Missouri (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
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Oct. 5, 2022