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Marker detail: Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot at Washington, Missouri, circa 1919 image, Touch for more information
Marker detail: Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot at Washington, Missouri, circa 1919
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — 1856 Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot — Freight Depot
The first train arrived in Washington, Missouri, in 1855. That event confirmed Washington's position as the major transportation center in Franklin County. The railroad town's first railroad depot was destroyed in a Civil War raid on October 2, . . . — Map (db m121238) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Bank of Washington — 1880
In 1880 the Bank of Washington constructed this Italianate style building. The bank remained here until 1923. From 1877 to 1880, the bank was located in the building adjacent to the west. — Map (db m124329) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Bassora Cemetery
Within this block, known since 1959 as Krog Park, lie the bodies of many early settlers of Washington. The town of Bassora was founded October 8, 1836 and this block was set aside for the city's cemetery. In 1847 this cemetery received the remains . . . — Map (db m124423) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Beckmann Building — c. 1885
Originally a one story structure owned by Miss Julia Beckmann; she had a stationary and book business here until 1892 when she sold the building to the Trentmann family. Miss Beckmann had two additional "bays" which she rented to other shop keepers. — Map (db m124314) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Bertelsmann Building — 1864
Henry Bertelsmann lived and worked in this building for nearly thirty years, operating a furniture shop where he also built coffins and skiffs. — Map (db m124358) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Bleckman Building — 1888
Johann "Friedrich" Bleckmann built his first blacksmith shop in 1834. His son Fritz and grandson Henry J. built the eastern part of this building in 1888. "Bleckman's" is the oldest business in Washington. — Map (db m124389) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Bleckman Furniture & Undertaker — 1856
John F. Bleckman began business here in 1856. He was joined by son Henry in 1880. The family lived upstairs and continued business here until about 1914 when the business relocated. — Map (db m124390) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Commercial Hotel — c. 1864
For about five years, the Kahmann family operated a hotel and saloon here. John Boland then conducted the Commercial Hotel for about fifteen years, at which time it was sold to and enlarged by Elijah Zumwalt. — Map (db m124315) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Commercial Hotel Addition — 1891
Erected in 1891, this addition created a dining room to the north and a "sample room" to the south for salesmen to show wares. Elijah Zumwalt managed the Commercial Hotel from 1888-1921 and became the owner in 1892. The Kahmann Pork Packing Plant . . . — Map (db m124312) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Dickbrader Hardware — c. 1860
Built by developer C.H. Kahmann, for fifty-one years this was Dickbrader Hardware. Since then it has been an eating establishment, housing the Olympia Candy Kitchen, Mealer's Cafe and Cowan's Restaurant. — Map (db m124313) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Droege's Mercantile Food Store
In 1867 John G. Droege opened Droege's Mercantile Food Store on Main Street in Downtown Washington. He was followed by Cecilia Jack, Firmin and Butch & Judy Droege. This building was built in 1896. — Map (db m124359) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Edward G. Busch Building — 1887
Busch entered the implement and hardware business in 1882 and built this structure five years later. He also served as a three-term mayor for the City of Washington. — Map (db m124324) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Frank Joerden Building — 1859
Joerden occupied this structure with his general store for about forty years. In the early twentieth century, it housed a bakery owned by Julius Rombach. — Map (db m124327) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — George Washington
Permanent settlers began arriving in the area of present-day Washington, Missouri, in the 1790s. After former United States President George Washington died at his Virginia estate in 1799, numerous cities, counties and a state were named in his . . . — Map (db m124397) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Gravesite of Washington's Founder — Lucinda Owens
William Owens realized the potential for a town at the site of "Washington Landing" on the Missouri River. He purchased property including the landing and began to sell city lots as early as 1829. Owens' murder in 1834 led to his estate being . . . — Map (db m124413) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Henry A. Hartbauer
In Memory of Henry A. Hartbauer 1916 - 2004 Founder 1953 Community Chest, United Fund and United Way — Map (db m124457) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Henry Herkstroeter Building — 1879
Herkstroeter established his men's clothing business in 1875 and built this structure four years later. His descendants continued business until 1923. Bocklage Menswear built the addition in 1947. — Map (db m124322) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Hibbeler Building — 1875
Having been in business with partners L. H. Peistrup and C. H. Herkstroeter since 1861, John D. Hibbeler relocated to this building from Elm and Main Streets. Later operating solely, records show that the Hibbeler General Merchandise Store remained . . . — Map (db m124388) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Historic Log House
Historic Log House built on this site c. 1835 by George Gottfied Beyreis Rehabilitated 1994-1997 by Downtown Washington, Inc. Volunteers — Map (db m124401) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — In Honor and Memory of Those Who Served in the Korean War
54,246 U.S. dead. 33,651 killed in action. 103,000 U.S. wounded. 8,179 U.S. Missing in Action. 7,000 Prisoners of War Only 3,450 returned 51% died in prison camps. 389 POW's unaccounted for. 22 different nations united into one . . . — Map (db m124411) HM WM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — John C. S. Foss Building — c. 1868
Foss constructed this building for his newspaper business. He was the proprietor of the "Observer" for several years and then in the insurance business. this building later housed the First National Bank. — Map (db m124321) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — John Clayton Inn — 1838
Top plaque: 2006 Preservation Award Washington Preservation, Inc. Main plaque: John Clayton Inn Washington began in the area of Front and Lafayette Streets. The John Clayton Inn was located near the natural . . . — Map (db m124366) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Lucinda Owens Memorial
Kentucky natives William G. and Lucinda Owens came to Missouri in 1818. William soon became the leading politician of newly created Franklin County. In 1827 he purchased a farm and ferry boat at Washington Landing. On July 4, 1829, he began to sell . . . — Map (db m124370) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Marie Krog House — 1896
Miss Krog taught German in the Washington Public Schools and piano lessons out of her home. She built this attractive home and lived here until her death in 1917. — Map (db m124407) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Missouri Meerschaum Company — 1883
Dutch immigrant Henry Tibbe and his son Anton began production of corncob pipes in 1869. The first portion of the factory was completed in 1883. The corncob pipe made Washington famous around the world. — Map (db m124375) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Missouri Pacific Passenger Depot — 1924
Top plaque: 1999 Preservation Award Washington Passenger Depot Built 1923 Washington Preservation, Inc. Main plaque: Missouri Pacific Passenger Depot Increased passenger traffic led railroad . . . — Map (db m124363) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Missouri Pacific Railway Station — 1923
For several years, Washington's Mayor John J. Ernst, the city council and other officials repeatedly petitioned the Missouri Pacific Railway Company to build a new depot at Washington. Finally, work on the improvement was started early in 1923. . . . — Map (db m121242) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Pacific House — 1855
C.H. Kahmann had Pacific House built as a tavern and hotel to accommodate passengers on the just-completed Pacific Railroad. Sold to Frederick Wohlgemuth in 1857, it has continued as a tavern under numerous owners. — Map (db m124362) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Pacific Railroad Depot — 1865
Washington's first depot was destroyed by fire during a raid by General Sterling Price in 1864. It was originally east of the current brick depot. The present structure is believed to be the oldest surviving frame depot west of the Mississippi River. — Map (db m124374) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Robert Frazer
This marker commemorates Robert Frazer, a member of the Corps of Discovery, on the occasion of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Listed as a witness in the trial of United States vs. Robert Westcott, Frazer wrote to . . . — Map (db m61608) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Roettger Inn — c. 1852
August Roettger completed this structure for two businesses. He had a woodworking shop in the lower level and his wife operated an inn on the upper floors. Local architect Otto Brix is credited with the building design. — Map (db m124365) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Schmidt Jewelry Store — c. 1863
After four years in business, Joseph H. Schmidt purchased this building in 1880 and his "Schmidt Boss Jewelers" continued for 110 years through three generations of the Schmidt family. — Map (db m124323) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Schnier Building — 1883
Built to house Fred Schnier's sewing machine and tailoring business, it also showcased his wife Katharina's handmaid hair goods shop. The family resided here for two generations. — Map (db m124404) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Southern Presbyterian Church — 1868
A group supporting the Confederacy established this church under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin Burch. In 1883 it became the Crispus Attucks African-American School, later the Vocational Agriculture building for the Washington School District. — Map (db m124406) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — St. Francis Borgia Church — 1869
The parish dates back to 1834 when founded by twelve immigrant German families. This third church structure was constructed between January 1866 and March 1869 under the leadership of Father Martin Seisl, S.J. — Map (db m124391) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Tamm Building — c. 1864
George Tamm, a German immigrant, bought this lot from Bernard Fricke in 1863. Tamm and his son Charles had their shoe business and residence here until 1925. The addition was added after the Tamms' ownership. — Map (db m124402) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — The "Welcome to Washington" Mural
The mural turns the corner to face viewers approaching the Riverfront Park. The evening sky turns to night. The 1900's to the present are illustrated in the letters of "Missouri". M - In 1907, Roberts, Johnson, and Rand Shoe Company . . . — Map (db m124361) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — The Civil War Comes to Washington
The John B. Busch Washington Brewery And Malt House In about 1854 John Baptiste Busch together with his older brother, Henry Busch, and a friend, Fred Gersie, started the Washington Brewery and Malt House at Jefferson and Eighth Street. John . . . — Map (db m125024) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — The Civil War Comes to Washington
Washington Railroad Depot Burns Confederate General Marmaduke's forces were advancing on Washington as October 1864 approached, with fear and widespread panic among the town's residents. Many citizens crossed the river to evade the advance . . . — Map (db m125893) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — The Downtown Washington Historic District — was listed on the National Register of Historic Places — October 5, 1989
Ethnic Heritage: Located in the strongest area of German settlement in Missouri, Washington by the 1850s was a predominantly German town and remained so until the post World War I years. With a German newspaper, church and parochial schools, . . . — Map (db m124360) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — The Grothaus Building — c. 1866
John D. Grothaus and John G. Droege operated a general merchandise store at this location from 1867 until Grothaus's death in 1876. The Grothaus family has since leased the property to various businesses. — Map (db m124325) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri
"Set out early...passed wood river [today's Dubois Creek near Washington, Missouri] on the Lbd [larboard or south] Side... Camped at the mouth of a Creek called River a Chauritte [La Charrette] above a Small french village of 7 houses and as . . . — Map (db m61610) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — The Theatre Verein — 1855
The theatre was built to present plays in German to the local German speaking population. In 1866 this theatrical society merged with the Turn Verein. The structure was then used by the Grand Army of the Republic and became known as Liberty Hall. . . . — Map (db m124403) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Unnerstall Flag Plaza — Dedicated 2008
In recognition of three brothers who served their country in the armed forces and returned home to serve their community. Marvin Unnerstall "Sparky" Park Commission 1968-1980 Elmer Unnerstall Board of Public Works . . . — Map (db m124519) HM WM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces so the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness might prevail. Many times they are called upon to prove that only courage and sacrifice can keep freedom alive . . . — Map (db m124410) WM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the brave men and women who fought for their country with honor Vietnam Veterans Memorial — Map (db m124408) WM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Washington
Side A Characterized by old world charm of its German heritage, Washington was founded by William G. Owens who bought acreage here 1828, at the Missouri River ferry then called Washington Landing, Lucinda Young Owens, his widow, filed the . . . — Map (db m61607) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Washington Monument
East-facing: Home of Lucinda Owens, official founder of Washington. November 20, 1909 - November 20, 1984 This monument dedicated to the citizens of Washington, Missouri by Franklin County Mercantile Bank in commemoration . . . — Map (db m124394) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Washington's Railroad History — Railroad Heritage Park
The Pacific Railroad became a reality in Washington in February, 1855. This event allowed Washington to become the largest and most industrialized city in Franklin County. Many changes have occurred since that time within the railroad system. . . . — Map (db m124372) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Waterworks Building — 1888-89
This building was erected by the Interstate Gas and Waterworks Company. The building served not only as a pumping station for Washington's water supply but also as the home of the proprietor. — Map (db m61587) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Wir Sind Freunde - We Are Friends — Sister Cities — Marbach am Neckar • Washington
The citizens of Washington hereby commemorate the Sister City partnership between the City of Marbach am Neckar, Germany and the City of Washington, Missouri. Recognizing the value of mutual understanding to world peace, we unite in contributing . . . — Map (db m61644) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Wolf Hotel — 1869
Hotelkeeper William Wolf had this building constructed in 1869. It was one of several inns and hotels located alongside the railroad tracks and near the depot. Wolf later sold this hotel and started a hotel in Pacific, Missouri. The building has had . . . — Map (db m124364) HM
Missouri (Franklin County), Washington — Zachariah Foss House — 1846
Left plaque: Zachariah Foss House This house was purchased by Zachariah and Amelia Foss in 1848. Zachariah was a cabinetmaker and Amelia was a teacher of English-speaking children. The house served as a school and is Washington's . . . — Map (db m124369) HM

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