On July 5th, 1836, Andrew Hixon and wife, Ann, conveyed by Warranty Deed to the "Town of Liberty" Trustees for $30, one acre, "for the purpose of a public burying ground". Used as such before the 1825 settlement of Liberty. "The Old Graveyard", . . . — — Map (db m68263) HM
While living on this site in the 1830's, Alexander Doniphan championed the Constitutional rights of an oppressed people to ensure their religious freedom. He helped create Caldwell County as a refuge for the Mormons in 1836 and refused to carry out . . . — — Map (db m68243) HM
This property built in c.1895
has been placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of Interior
Formerly the Messick Hotel, was purchased by Sterling Price Boggess in 1902 and operated . . . — — Map (db m68155) HM
Jewell Hall was used as a hospital and barracks and this hill was fortified by Federal troops under Col. John Scott after their defeat at the Battle of Blue Mills Ferry, Sept. 17, 1861. A line of rifle pits was thrown up from the present location of . . . — — Map (db m45555) HM
"Come, drink, all who thirst for freedom: The water fountain will no longer separate us as a people."
During the Civil War era, one of every four Clay County residents was of African descent. Although sold in slave auctions and . . . — — Map (db m68207) HM
Memorial to the
Veterans of the American Revolution
who once resided in Clay County
James Arnold William Boydston Samuel Brown Robert Burnside William C. Corum James Crowley Joel Estes Henry Green Thomas Holland John . . . — — Map (db m68270) WM
Drugstore built in 1877 by Daniel Hughes. Owned by Wm. Goodson after 1908. Operated by Joseph Simmons until 1945, then by Clarence Ferril. Purchased from Goodson estate complete with furnishings by Historical Museum in 1965. Walnut cabinets are . . . — — Map (db m68128) HM
was born Dec. 24, 1786
Died in Clay Co. Mo. Oct. 24, 1847
Col. commanding 28 Regt, 3 Brig.
1st Div. Mo. Militia from
1824 to 1829 on the
extreme western border of Mo.
during the Indian troubles.
He represented Clay Co. in the . . . — — Map (db m68107) HM WM
Erected in honor of the
of Clay County, Mo.
In memory of the
Daughters of the Confederacy
of Clay County, Mo.
This monument erected through
the liberality of citizens of
Clay County was concived . . . — — Map (db m68105) WM
From circa 1830 until 1925 a house stood on this site once occupied by Alexander W. Doniphan. A native Kentuckian, Doniphan practiced law in Clay County for 30 years, defended the Mormons, and founded William Jewell College. During the Mexican War . . . — — Map (db m81735) HM
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson buys the Louisiana Purchase from France for $15 million. It remains one of the greatest acquisitions in American history. In 1804, Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore and map the . . . — — Map (db m68373) HM
Born in Mason Co. Ky.
July 3, 1808,
and died at Richmond Mo.
Aug. 8, 1887
An orator, jurist, statesman,
soldier and a Christian
Colonel commanding the United
States troops at the . . . — — Map (db m68106) HM WM
"Steamboat Gothic" design, circa 1870's. Owned by Manheim Goldman, the first permanent Jewish settler in the metropolitan area who operated a store in Liberty. Twice Mayor of Liberty, a founder and chief benefactor of the Odd Fellows Home. . . . — — Map (db m68239) HM
In 1849 William Jewell College was founded by Dr. William Jewell under the auspices of the Missouri Baptist Convention. Jewell Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places. Liberty Ladies College, a private college for women, was opened in . . . — — Map (db m68314) HM
Built in 1858, only ante-bellum building remaining on the square. Originally housed a branch of the Farmer's Bank. Scene of first daylight robbery in 1866, supposedly by James-Younger gang. Restored to original appearance by Jack Wymore. . . . — — Map (db m68210) HM
John Dougherty, a wealthy landowner and Indian agent, stands before his Little Dixie plantation, Multnomah. Dougherty witnessed the area's early history unfold between his birth in 1791 and his death in 1860. As depicted in these ceramic murals, . . . — — Map (db m68269) HM
Built in 1905 for William Jewell College by St. Louis business owner A.D. Brown. First occupants were Dr. John Priest Greene and Elizabeth Wikoff Greene. Dr. Greene was the longest-serving president of the College: 1892-1920 and 1921-1923. — — Map (db m152619) HM
Col. John Thornton, Elisha Cameron and James Gilmore served as the county's first administrative judges. They met at Owen's Tavern until a brick courthouse was built and later burns. In 1869, a second courthouse was constructed. A wooden statue . . . — — Map (db m68275) HM
An Interurban Train Depot once stood just east of this location. Erected in January 1913 by the Kansas City, Clay County and St. Joseph Railway, the depot served as a terminal for passenger and freight service as part of an electric railway that . . . — — Map (db m68244) HM
The Clay County Fine Arts Council commissioned this mural in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition.
The artist's version shows the expedition stopping at sundown to set camp along a bend in . . . — — Map (db m68309) HM
Early border town, prominent trading and outfitting center, and one of the farthest northwest of U. S. towns to be based on southern culture and economy. Settled about 1820, mainly by southern pioneers, the town became the seat of justice for . . . — — Map (db m81749) HM
Site of Liberty Jail built in 1833 and used by Clay County in 1856. Joseph Smith and associates held here awaiting trial in 1838-39. Restored as a Historic Site by the Mormon Church in 1963. — — Map (db m90343) HM
Organized in 1829, first building on this site in 1852, present one in 1888. Additions follow the same architectural pattern. This was the first "Old School" Presbyterian in the County. — — Map (db m68241) HM
Established by Robert Hugh Miller in 1846, and continually published since. Oldest weekly newspaper west of the Mississippi River. Has had several locations. Bought by Townsend Publications. — — Map (db m68212) HM
Built in 1852 by Major Alvan Lightburne as his private residence. This 24 room Greek Revival plantation home is one of Northwest Missouris largest surviving antebellum mansions. Union soldiers camped on the grounds during the Civil War. Restored in . . . — — Map (db m46678) HM
The undulations in the ground behind this plaque mark the site of the mass burial of 17 men killed at the Battle of Liberty on September 17, 1861. These Federal soldiers came to Liberty to prevent Confederates from joining General Price at the seige . . . — — Map (db m45569) HM
This small frame church was built circa 1842 and is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Liberty. It is build of brick and stucco and has served several uses. In 1855 it became part of the Clay Seminary, an all girls school. One of its most . . . — — Map (db m45678) HM
Clay County offers a variety of interesting choices for visitors. History buffs can visit the Jesse James farm in Kearney, the Elms Hotel, once a popular mineral water destination in Excelsior Springs, the Woolen Mill at Watkins Mill State Park and . . . — — Map (db m68365) HM
With the faith and courage of
their forefathers who made
possible the freedom of these
The Boy Scouts of America
Dedicate this copy of the
Statue of Liberty as a pledge
of everlasting fidelity and
40th . . . — — Map (db m68481) HM
Believed built by Graham Hughes 1849. Brick kitchen added 1860, interior woodwork 1880. Owned by Wynoop Kiersted, Civil Engineer 1903-1934 and by descendants until 1959. Present owners are Mr. and Mrs. Howard Pavelchek. — — Map (db m46577) HM
Mineral waters were tapped as an economic and health benefit in the 1936 dedication of the Hall of Waters in Excelsior Springs. Early Plains Indians had built communities within the county. In hopes to preserve their legacy, archeologist and . . . — — Map (db m68321) HM
In 1860 Watkins Mill became the first industry in Clay County. Major industries that followed were Cook Paint and Varnish in 1913, Ralston Purina Company in 1940's and the Claycomo Ford Assembly Plant in 1951. The ASB Bridge was built in 1912 . . . — — Map (db m68311) HM
Organized in 1875 by Rev. Jesse Mills. First church built in 1876. Present structure dedicated 1942 under pastorate Rev. A.G. Thurman, who also supervised construction. 104th anniversary celebrated 1979 under Rev. Jack Wills. — — Map (db m68240) HM
To meet the needs of an increasing population, Antioch Shopping Center was built in 1955. The Northland Fountain, dedicated in 1983, and Tryst Falls provide beauty and enjoyment to many. — — Map (db m68322) HM
“The Deer in the Morning & evening are feeding in great numbers on the banks of the River, they feed on young willow, and amuse themselves running on the open beeches or points.” William Clark, June 25, 1804.
The Lewis and . . . — — Map (db m46694) HM
The Liberty Landing, also known as Baxters Landing, located at the base of the bluffs one half mile west of Missouri 291 Highway, played a significant role in the history and development of Liberty, Missouri as well as Clay County. In use from 1829 . . . — — Map (db m46604) HM
Rumors of a Confederate Invasion which would include the burning of Liberty and a raid on Fort Leavenworth resulted in the fortifying of this hill in April, 1862. Doors from nearby homes were used to line the trench across the hill. This marker is . . . — — Map (db m46619) HM
Our veterans will never be forgotten in the County of Clay. Though all their names we do not know to this day, this memorial is dedicated to each one and all, past, present, and future for their courageous efforts to duty for our great nation and . . . — — Map (db m68453) WM