Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri
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N 38° 46.411 W 093° 42.851
15S E 437960 N 4291886
County, and city, history on a huge marker...and men who made it great...
Waymark Code: WM120J9
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 01/24/2020
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member coisos
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County of marker: Johnson County
Location of marker: US-50. Bus 50 Turnout, & Young Ave., Warrensburg
Erected by: State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission
Date Erected: 1957

Marker Text:

One of Missouri's early western prairie towns, Warrensburg was founded in 1836 as seat of Johnson County, organized in 1834. The town is named for Martin Warren, a pioneer settler, and the county for United States Vice President Richard M. Johnson.

Warrensburg was incorporated 1855. In the Civil War, though largely pro-Southern, it was occupied by Union troops as a post and supply base. After the Pacific Railroad (now Mo. Pac.) reached here, 1864, the town centered around the station and the first townsite became "Old Town." In the 1870's quarries were opened near town in a huge sandstone deposit. Among buildings of this Warrensburg Sandstone are those on the College Campus and the courthouse (1896).

Central Missouri State College, here, was founded 1871, as the State Normal School for the Second Normal District of Missouri. Warrensburg and Johnson County gave 16 acres and raised $145,000 to win the school. It was one of the first two state normal schools in Missouri. The college maintains an Educational Museum and Essig Musical Instruments Collection.

Warrensburg, seat of justice and training center for a grain and livestock farming county, lies in territory ceded by Osage tribes in 1808. First settlers in the county, largely from the South, came in the 1820's.

Points of interest here in Warrensburg include the College Campus and the Old Courthouse where Senator George G. Vest delivered his famous "Tribute to the Dog" in his plea to the jury in one of Missouri's most colorful damage suits. South is Pertle Springs, early resort and convention center. East, near Knob Noster, are Whitman Air Force Base, and Knob Noster State Park.

Warrensburg was the home of Francis M. Cockrell (1834-1915) a native of Johnson Co., Confederate general, U.S. senator, 1875-1905 and Thomas T. Crittenden (1832-1909) Union colonel, governor of Mo., 1881-85. Here also for a time, lived Wells H. Blodgett (1839-1929) Union colonel, state legislator; Carry Moore Nation (1846-1911), Clara Cleghorn Hoffman (1831-1908) leaders in temperance movement; John W. (Blind) Boone (1864-1927) the Negro musician; and George MacCurdy (1863-1947) a native of Warrensburg, anthropologist.

Corrections and/or updates since 1957:
Central Missouri State College became Central Missouri State University in 1972. The "Missouri Normal School Bulletin, 1871-1872" states that Johnson County and Warrensburg offered to provide the school a building that would cost "not less then $2000,000" and twenty acres for a campus site.

Who placed it?: State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission

When was it placed?: 1957

Who is honored?: Martin Warren, Richard M. Johnson, First Settlers, College Founders, and others who made this county what it is...

Website about the Monument: Not listed

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