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Kaw Point Marker (Side B) image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., August 30, 2011
Kaw Point Marker (Side B)
1 Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Fairfax — Lewis and Clark at Kaw Point / Kaw PointJune 26-29, 1804
Lewis and Clark at Kaw Point The Lewis and Clark expedition arrived here at Kaw Point on June 26, 1804, concluding another daily struggle against the powerful current of the Missouri River. Captain William Clark wrote in his journal that . . . Map (db m53939) HM
2 Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Muncie — Grinter House
Built by Moses R. Grinter in 1857 on the then Delaware Indian Reserve, this house was near the point where in 1831 he had begun operation of the first ferry on the Kansas River. For many years following its survey in 1837 the Fort Leavenworth - . . . Map (db m46338) HM
3 Missouri, Clay County, Kansas City, Antioch Acres — Antioch Church
"The Antioch Congregation was organized as a Christain Church (Disciples of Christ) in September 1853 by Moses Easterly Lard (1818-1880), Pastor of the Liberty Christain [sic] Church in Missouri. Its first 'Meeting House', a one room building, and . . . Map (db m86636) HM
4 Missouri, Clay County, Liberty — "The Old Graveyard" "Mt. Memorial Cemetery"
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
5 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, 18th And Vine — American Jazz Museum
The American Jazz Museum is an important cultural institution dedicated to its mission of celebrating and exhibiting jazz through performance, education, exhibitions and research at America's Jazz Crossroads - 18th and Vine. There were four major . . . Map (db m98414) HM
6 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, 18th And Vine — Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM), located in Kansas City's historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, is dedicated to preserve the rich history of professional African-American baseball of the early 1900s to the 1950s and its profound impact on . . . Map (db m98412) HM
7 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Central Hyde Park — The First Golf Course in Kansas City
Play began on the Kenwood Golf Links, an extension of the Hyde Park Country Club, in 1894. A group composed mostly of transplanted Scots laid out nine holes between 36th and 38th Streets, Gillham (Oak) to Charlotte, with the ninth green in the yard . . . Map (db m67795) HM
8 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Countryside — James G. Ashley, Jr. and Pamela C. Ashley
This plaque is placed here in honor of James Gailey Ashley, Jr. and his wife, Pamela C. Ashley, who for 25 years struggled and sacrificed to preserve this railroad right-of-way, which provided freight and passenger service beginning in the . . . Map (db m69375) HM
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9 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City — Convention Center
Kansas City’s expression of service and hospitality has a rich historical heritage starting in 1899, when the original convention hall opened with a concert by John Philip Sousa and his band. The success of the hall was proven when the Democratic . . . Map (db m86215) HM
10 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City — George Caleb BinghamBorn March 20, 1811 - Died July 7, 1879
Famous Painter & Portrait Artist Internationally Known State Treasurer State Adjutant General President, Kansas City, Mo. Police Board —————————— Eminently gifted, almost . . . Map (db m62974) HM
11 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City — Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission
Organized in 1949 to investigate corruption, the Commission has become a model for ways to organize the struggle for greater public safety. At its inception, Kansas City Businessman and civic leader E.M. Dodds pushed for the Commission to cut down . . . Map (db m134079) HM
12 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City — Kansas City Stock Yards
Opening as the Kansas Stockyards Company on June 1, 1871, it soon was renamed and reorganized as a bi-state Kansas City Stock Yards Company, growing to 13 acres by 1878. Built by enterprising railroad officials such as C.V. Morris and stock traders, . . . Map (db m199289) HM
13 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City — Richard Thomas Coles / R.T. Coles Vocational and Junior High School
Richard Thomas Coles (educator) Located here at 1835 Tracy, the R.T. Coles Vocational and Junior High School opened in 1936 in the building formerly occupied by Lincoln School. The school was named for Richard Thomas Coles in . . . Map (db m200145) HM
14 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City — The American Royal(original location)
The roots of the American Royal stem from the National Hereford Show in the fall of 1899, held in a tent in the Kansas City Stockyards. The American Royal was the first nationwide show for the exposition and sale of purebred cattle, having an . . . Map (db m199287) HM
15 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City — The Cemetery
(Left Side)The Cemetery The Union Cemetery was incorporated by the State of Missouri November 9, 1857 and the first interment was made in 1858. Many of the graves have been removed from earlier burying grounds whose capacities had been . . . Map (db m19941) HM
16 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City — Union Prison Collapse
Very near here at 1425 Grand Avenue during The Civil War, a tragedy occurred that was to intensify the ferocious hatred of the Border guerrillas for the Union forces. Under Union General Ewing's orders, the guerrillas' women were imprisoned in a . . . Map (db m42056) HM
17 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Downtown Kansas City — Union Station Kansas City
Following the flood of 1903, Kansas City's original Union Depot, located in Kansas City's west bottoms, was rebuilt on this site in 1914 as Union Station and heralded as one of the most beautiful train stations, and the third largest passenger rail . . . Map (db m198768) HM
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18 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, East Side — The Truman Sports Complex
The Jackson County Sports Complex Authority was established in 1967 as a political subdivision of the State of Missouri to serve as the landlord between Jackson County and the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs. Construction began in the . . . Map (db m118948) HM
19 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Library District — Camp Union
In June – July, 1861, barracks and service buildings within a 200-foot-square earthwork were built on this site by the battalion of United States Reserve Corps, Companies A, B, and C, organized by Major R. T. Van Horn, then Mayor of the City. By . . . Map (db m51192) HM
20 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Library District — The Savoy Hotel and Grill
The Savoy Hotel was constructed between 1890 and 1906 during a building boom which created some of the most architecturally significant buildings in the central business district. The first major hotel enroute from the old Union depot, it served as . . . Map (db m19831) HM
21 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Old Westport — Historic Harris-Kearney House
Built in 1855 by John and Henrietta Harris this Greek revival style all brick house was located on a slightly five acre tract on the ridge just east of Westport, MO. This site was on the southwest corner of Westport Rd. (Santa Fe Trail) and Main . . . Map (db m44411) HM
22 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Old Westport — The Albert G. Boone Store
(Main Marker) Originally used as an outfitting store for wagon trains, this building was completed in 1850 by Indian traders George and William Ewing and was sold in 1854 to Albert Gallatin Boone for $7,000. Boone operated the store . . . Map (db m20921) HM
23 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, River Market — City Market150th Anniversary — 1857 - 2007 —
From 1857 to the present, town activities have revolved around the "City Market", an integral site for commerce, political rallies, medicine shows, circuses, balloon ascensions, and other public "entertainments" without limits. Its origin began . . . Map (db m58410) HM
24 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Sunset Hill — 3 — Battle of WestportUnion Flanking Movement
Here just before noon on Sunday, October 23, 1864, Major General Samuel Ryan Curtis, commanding the Federal Army of the Border, began his flanking movement of Brigadier General Joseph Orville Shelby's Division of the Confederate Army of Missouri. . . . Map (db m21702) HM
25 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Sunset Hill — First Home of the Kansas City Country Club
In 1896, two years after introducing golf to Kansas City at the Kenwood Golf Links east of Gilham and south of 36th Street, devotees of the game sought larger space here, at Seth Ward's east pasture. A $1-a-year lease was signed, and a nine-hole . . . Map (db m88252) HM
26 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Swope Park — Kansas City's First Public Golf Course
Immediately east of the Shelter House, nine holes laid out by James Dalgleish, professional at the nearby Evanston Golf Club, were opened September 5, 1906. An exhibition match featuring Dalgleish and the other two local professionals drew a small, . . . Map (db m30301) HM
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27 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Swope Parkway - Elmwood — 16 — Byram's Ford Battlefield
At 8 A. M. on October 23, 1864, Federal cavalry under General Alfred E. Pleasonton forced a crossing of the Blue River at Byram’s Ford and attacked the stone ridge, which was defended by Confederate troops under John S. Marmaduke. After 3 hours . . . Map (db m28705) HM
28 Missouri, Jackson County, Kansas City, Valentine — Historic Flaven/Browne Building Complex
Built in 1901 by Irish immigrants, Edward and Mary Flavin to continue their established Flavin Grocery. The upper loft was their residence. In 1917, the grocery passed to their daughter and son-in-law Margaret & James M. (Jim) Browne, Sr. The name . . . Map (db m86245) HM
29 Missouri, Jackson County, Sibley — Fort Osage
On June 23-24, 1804 the Corps of Volunteers for Northwestern Discovery spent Saturday afternoon, the night and early Sunday morning across the river from the bluffs which would, in four years time, become the site of Fort Osage. On . . . Map (db m86560) HM
30 Missouri, Jackson County, Sibley — Restoration of Fort Osage
The native sons of Kansas City, Missouri organized and supervised the historical aspects of this project. Restoration was started in 1941 and completed in 1962.Map (db m144473) HM
31 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
 
 
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