Prior to the Civil War, there were six blacksmiths, four doctors, livery stables, at least two general stores, a drug store, several mills, churches and countless other businesses in Lone Jack. Stage coaches traveled the routes and several hotels were built to house these travelers.
Starting in 1854 (when the Border War began) and throughout the war years,renegade bands of guerrillas and irregular Union troops preyed on the civilians.
The Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield, Museum & Soldier's Cemetery is the only Civil War Museum in Jackson County, Missouri and one of the few battlefields where the soldiers,who perished during the battle, are still buried on the battlefield and it has not been designated as a National Cemetery.
The Lone Jack Civil War Museum is a unique round native stone building built in 1963. It houses a variety of displays including artifacts from the Battle of Lone Jack,items of local history, photos of the men who fought at Lone Jack, as well as dioramas depicting:
The Battle of Lone Jack
The battle of Westport
General Order #11
Quantrill's burning of Lawrence
The battlefield cemetery is adjacent to museum, which is located 40 minutes from downtown KC.