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In June 1862, the Civil War Battle of Kirksville involved about 1,000 soldiers; with approximately 500 Union soldiers and 500 Confederate troops taking part.
It is unclear how many men were killed during three hours of fighting. Reports vary anywhere from five to 28 Union soldiers, and to between 35 and 100 Confederate soldiers. An unknown number of Confederate soldiers were executed following the battle.
The battle was seen as a victory for the Union; a marker in Forest Llewellyn Cemetery (four blocks west of Kirksville's square) was erected on the spot of a mass grave where local residents buried executed Confederates.
Jeannie, a 105mm howitzer, played a lead role in the 79th Division's liberation of France in World War II. A commemorative plaque illustrates crew and the gun's operation.
This memorial along Route 63 commemorates area men and women who have served in the military. A World War I German Howitzer and a Civil War cannon are on-site. In Rotary Park.
The 10-foot-tall Kneeling Miner, created by Webb City artist Jack Dawson, commemorates the city's early 20th century history of lead mining. Open year-round. Free.
The fully restored 1893 streetcar rumbles around the tracks in King Jack Park on holidays, and for birthdays, anniversaries and reunions. It is located adjacent to the depot.
Sidewalk stars and informative plaques honor famous St. Louisans who have had a national impact on culture. Enlightening and fun at the same time. Located along Delmar Boulevard in entertainment district known as The Loop.
The old Prosperity Junction Streetcar Depot has been reconstucted at the entrance to King Jack Park, next to the re-laid tracks. It houses the Webb City Chamber of Commerce and a display on the Southwest Missouri Electric Railway.
The Heritage House was built in 1870. It has been moved to its own park and restored. Property includes shed and farm machinery.
September, 2008, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded Dan and Carolyn Sanazaro's 42'1" steel rocker the designation World's Largest Rocking Chair. The chair sits adjacent to the Fanning Route 66 Outpost (which features a general store, feed and farm supply store, and an archery center), four miles west of Cuba, Mo., on Historic Route 66.
Route 66 Part One
Route 66 is a great way to explore the Show-Me State and to see some truly unique sites.
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