The Benton County Museum is located in Warsaw, MO at 1660 Hilltop Drive. From Route 65 take the Route 7 and Commercial Street exit. Turn north on Commercial and follow the museum signs. O'Reilly Auto Parts and Farmers Bank are close landmarks.
The museum artifacts, photographs and storyboards provide 150 years of Benton County history in an inviting format for all age groups.
The 2017 Special Exhibit – “Taming the Osage River” - provides an interesting nine-panel look at the history of the Osage River from the building of the Bagnell Dam (1929-1931) to the 1964 groundbreaking ceremony for Kaysinger Dam & Reservoir (renamed in 1970 to the Harry S. Truman Dam & Reservoir).
Another Special Exhibit is the “Fishing for History” display. Fishing has been a very popular sport in the Benton County area for many decades. This special exhibit provides a look back at the fishing equipment used in the decades past. A wood boat, once used in the now-underwater Fairfield community, is the centerpiece of this display. There are also antique boat motors on display, which may have been used to power the old boat. Antique fishing rods, lures, nets and tackle boxes all contribute to the Fishing for History theme of this display.
In addition to the special exhibits, you will see an old 1899 school bell and individual rooms throughout the museum that feature the history of Benton County.
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