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.
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.
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.