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The Visitor Center and Museum, located in Swope Park, overlooks the Big Blue River valley and the nearby historic Byram's Ford crossing. The vista from the center sweeps across the fields to the river where the Civil War Battle of Westport raged Oct. 21-23, 1864.
The center depicts the experiences of the soldiers and civilians caught in the vortex of war during the three days of the battle. From the tower of the center, visitors can see the panoramic view where Union General Samuel Curtis constructed a defensive line stretching for 10 miles along the banks of the Big Blue River.
You can download PDFs of both an auto tour, which covers 32 miles and features nearly two dozen locations in Kansas City, and a walking tour of the Big Blue Battlefield.
The Battle of Westport is sometimes referred to as "The Gettysburg of the West."
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