Kansas City’s Civil War Heritage

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The Battle of Westport is sometimes referred to as “The Gettysburg of the West.” During your time in the Kansas City area, see this site, which played an important role in the American Civil War, along with historic homes that dot the region’s landscape.


A. Bingham-Waggoner Mansion & Estate

Built in 1852, this estate was owned by George Caleb Bingham, famed Missouri Civil War artist. The home contains original furnishings and paintings. n the carriage house you will see a gift shop, an old-fashioned soda fountain, an original covered wagon and a collection of Bingham reproductions.Tours are offered daily, April thru October, and from the day after Thanksgiving thru Dec. 30. Events and festivals held here year-round.

B. The John Wornall House Museum

This 1858 house has been fully restored; during the Battle of Westport, it was struck by artillery and used as a field hospital. Regular events include living history, candlelight tours and ghost tours.


A. Gram and Dun Gastropub

After a day reliving history, enjoy the present at Gram and Dun, a casual yet sophisticated gastropub and lounge. The ideal Country Club Plaza location includes one of the best patios in town.


A. Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum

The Visitor Center and Museum, located in Swope Park, overlooks the Big Blue River valley. See the area where Civil War soldiers battled Oct. 21-23, 1864. At the museum, ask for details about 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.

B. 1855 Harris-Kearney House

Kansas City's oldest remaining brick residence is located in the Westport area. The Greek Revival mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the fall of 1861, the Harris home was used as headquarters for the Union Army. The house and grounds have been restored to their 1850s appearance.

C. Loose Park

See Civil War markers in this park, which was the scene of fierce fighting during the 1864 Battle of Westport. Markers show the positions of both Union and Confederate troops, as well as locations of Confederate artillery.