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Historical Markers and War Memorials in St. James, Missouri

Clickable Map of Phelps 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> Phelps County, MO (56) Crawford County, MO (31) Dent County, MO (3) Gasconade County, MO (59) Maries County, MO (4) Pulaski County, MO (24) Texas County, MO (3)  PhelpsCounty(56) Phelps County (56)  CrawfordCounty(31) Crawford County (31)  DentCounty(3) Dent County (3)  GasconadeCounty(59) Gasconade County (59)  MariesCounty(4) Maries County (4)  PulaskiCounty(24) Pulaski County (24)  TexasCounty(3) Texas County (3)
Rolla is the county seat for Phelps County
St. James is in Phelps County
      Phelps County (56)  
      Crawford County (31)  
      Dent County (3)  
      Gasconade County (59)  
      Maries County (4)  
      Pulaski County (24)  
      Texas County (3)  
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1 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — "Dunmoor" Lintels
These lintels were cast in the Maramec Iron Works circa 1866. After completion, the lintels were transported by wagon to "Dunmoor" the home of William James, 1870-79, and used on the west side to support the structure above the windows. The building . . . Map (db m157878) HM
2 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Anchony-Chaffery Hammer
Powered by an undershot water wheel, 10 feet in diameter, the sandcasted Anchony-Chaffery Hammer was used to convert blooms into anchonies and finished wrought iron mercantile bars. The hammer weighing approximately 500 pounds, was raised about two . . . Map (db m157879) HM
3 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Bloomery Forge Trip Hammer
The Bloomery Forge Trip Hammer was powered by an undershot water wheel twelve feet in diameter. Lifted by wipers attached to the water wheel shaft, the hammer beat slag and impurities from pig iron. After pounding the iron into blooms it was sent . . . Map (db m157919) HM
4 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Dunmoor Mansion
1866 - Built as a residence for the William James Family 1896 - Converted by the Women's Relief Corps and Opened as the Federal Soldiers Home 1897 - Operation of Home transferred to the State of MissouriMap (db m139767) HM
5 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Furnace Shelter
Rebuilt in 1856, the Maramec "Cold Blast" Furnace provided area settlers with all necessary farm, industrial, and household iron equipment. During the Civil War, Maramec Iron Works supplied the Union Army with cannonballs and iron plate to be used . . . Map (db m157920) HM
6 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — George Evanscirca 1848 - 1851
George Evans spent some three years at the Maramec Iron Works. On March 14, 1848, he and his brother started construction of the grist mill. George also built the boarding house and other residences throughout the area. [H]e married Emily Treece . . . Map (db m157943) HM
7 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Hyer Hewed Log Cabincirca 1830 - 1836
Samuel Hyer and his wife, the former Elizabeth Mitchell, lived on this site. They had eight children, three sons and five daughters. Samuel was a leading iron worker at Maramec. The Hyer's daughter, Martha, became one of the earliest teachers at . . . Map (db m157965) HM
8 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — In Honor of American Korean War Veterans
Donated in honor of American Korean War veteransMap (db m63036) WM
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9 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Maramec Community Cemetery1858 - 1882
This peaceful site became the final resting place for over two hundred fifty Maramec Village residents who shared the joys and fears of wilderness life. Hardships constantly plagued the pioneers. Many lost their lives prematurely to the . . . Map (db m157929) HM
10 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Maramec Iron Works
Here stood the historic Maramec Iron Works, completed in 1829. Fueled by charcoal from the surrounding forest, powered by the nearby Maramec Spring. By the middle of the century this former tribal land of the Shawnees was one of Phelps County's . . . Map (db m157926) HM
11 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Paying for TroutThe Benefits of Trout Dollars
In 1937, the first commissioners of the Department of Conservation decided that trout anglers should "pay their own way" since trout are not native to Missouri and are expensive to produce. Money from the sale of daily tags and trout permits . . . Map (db m157971) HM
12 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Rainbows & BrownsGetting to Know Missouri's Trout
The Missouri Department of Conservation stocks rainbow trout and brown trout in suitable areas. Rainbow trout are native to mountain streams on the Pacific slope of North America, whereas brown trout are native to Europe. About 2 million . . . Map (db m157968) HM
13 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — St. James Veterans Home Cemetery
[Names listed of those buried on a series of four plaques]Map (db m139764) WM
14 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Stringtown Road
You are now entering one of Missouri's first trans-link roads. It is typical of many frontier wagon roads in the early 1800's that linked one small community to another. Stringtown Road served two purposes. This stretch of road form[ed] the . . . Map (db m157939) HM
15 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Stuttering Tom Lenoxcirca 1835-1840
Stuttering Tom Lenox was a mule skinner. His job consisted of driving teams of mules and also caring for the animals. The mules were used for pulling wagons loaded with iron ore and charcoal to the works. His favorites were Belle and Nellie, . . . Map (db m157941) HM
16 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Suspension Railroad Drop Bucket
The suspension railroad drop bucket was one of several vehicles used to deliver raw material to the iron furnace trunnel head. To produce pig iron, the cold blast furnace was charged 100 times a day with 640 pounds of iron ore, 18 bushels of . . . Map (db m157897) HM
17 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — The White Oak of St. James Reported unreadable
[Captions on arrows out from the center of the wood:] 1860 City of St. James Established. Our Tree Sprouts. 1865 Civil War Ends! 1875 Maramec River forges [unreadable] 1880 [unreadable] is Born in St. James. . . . Map (db m139735) HM
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18 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Two-Wheeled Charcoal Barrow
The two-wheeled charcoal barrow, filled from stockpiles in the adjoining Bridge House was used to deliver charcoal to the Iron Furnace trunnel head. Each cart, being constructed of 1/16 inch thick cast iron plates, stood about four feet high and . . . Map (db m157832) HM
19 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m139765) WM
20 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to all who served in Vietnam ★ ★ ★ 1956 - 1975 ★ ★ ★ All Gave Some ★ ★ ★ Some Gave All [Reverse:] In remembrance of "The Moving Wall" which was here . . . Map (db m139766) WM
21 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Wagon Rim Shaper[The Blacksmith Shop]
Donated by Minnie Witzke in honor of her husband Richard P. Witzke Born - January 30, 1906 Deceased - August 2, 1981 A true village blacksmith . . . Map (db m157892) HM
22 Missouri, Phelps County, St. James — Westlake "Dog Trot" Cabincirca 1842 - 1845
The "dog trot" cabin consisted of two cabins joined together by a breezeway. Much of the wood for fuel was kept here during rainy weather. A home of this type could provide living quarters for two families. This was the home of Davis Westlake and . . . Map (db m157963) HM
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Sep. 30, 2023