WHAT TO VISIT IN COOPER COUNTY

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Videos

 

Boonville Homes and Buildings

A 10-minute video on a walking tour of homes and buildings in Boonville from the Edward Lang Collection

Note:  12 years ago when the video was made, the tourism building is now the River, Rails and Trails Museum.

Living History Tour 

A 10-minute video trip of interesting home and buildings in Cooper County from the Edward Lang Collection

Video on Barn Quilts - Boonville Tourism

Something unique in our area.  Tour booklets with directions are available free of charge at of charge at Cooper County Historical Society, River Rails and Trails Museum, The Friends of Historic Boonville and  the  Chamber of Commerce.

#HGTVHometown Takeover #BoonvilleMissouri

Home Town Takeover Boonville, MO - YouTube

A drone's eye view of Boonville

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Veteran's Memorial Park near Boonville Bridge

HISTORIC MARKERS AT COOPER COUNTY COURTHOUSE

  • War Memorials on the Courthouse grounds

    • Marker honors the Union soldiers killed during the Civil War

    • Plaques in Cooper County Courthouse Honoring Cooper County residents who served in World War II

    • 2 Granite Memorial Benches at Cooper County Courthouse Honoring Veterans of WWII and Viet Nam War

    • North side of Courthouse lawn--Vietnam Veterans Memorial Granite Bench and Tree.  Dedicated Nov 11, 2015 by Daughters of the American Revolution, Hannah Cole Chapter

    • South side of Courthouse lawn - WW II Veterans Memorial granite Bench. Dedicated Nov 12, 2018 by Daughters of the American Revolution, Hannah Cole Chapter

    • Courthouse Lawn

      • Marker stating “They died that freedom might not perish from the earth”, Lists names of Cooper County men who died in World War I

      • Marker erected by John A. Hayes, post number 240 GAR to commemorate the battles of June 17, and September 13, 1861 and the capture of Boonville on October 16, 1864

      • Statue honoring the Boy Scouts of America – 40th anniversary crusade to strengthen the of the American Revolution, marking the Santa Fe Trail, 1821-1921

    • Inside of Courthouse in lobby- Plaque listing  all Cooper County residents who served in World War II 

  • Veterans Memorial Park, designed by Missouri sculptor and artist Sabra Tull Meyer, features a beautiful eagle and is located across from the Courthouse on the northwest corner of High and Main Street.  The Veterans Memorial Park is located near the Boonville Bridge Route 40.

INTERESTING SITES IN BOONVILLE

  • Walking Tour of Boonville – See Rails, Trails and River Museum for map at River, Rail and Trails Museum - GoBoonville.com

  • Excellent collection of early Boonville artifacts – free admission

  • Mitchell Antique Car Museum – See River Rails and Trails Museum for tickets at: River, Rails & Trails Museum, Boonville - GoBoonville.com

  • Hain House (contact Friends of Historic Boonville)

  • Thespian Hall (contact Friends of Historic Boonville)

  • Old Cooper County Jail and Hanging Barn (See Friends of Historic Boonville)

  • Boonville Cemeteries (tour map - see website section on cemeteries)

  • Boonville Churches (tour map – see website section on churches)

  • Hannah Cole Statue in Morgan Street Park on the corner of Morgan and Main Street, Boonville

  • KATY Bridge – walk on the old Railroad Bridge with the iconic lift span which was originally part of the MKT railroad

  • KATY Depot now the Chamber of Commerce building with an old KATY caboose and train signal lights

  • Walking or driving Tour of Homes on Historic Register (see Historic Register website information in historic homes section of website)

  • Roslyn Heights State DAR Headquarters (listed as Johnson, Wilbur T and Rhoda Stevens House on National Register) Currently not open for tours

  • Hotel Frederick and Restaurant

  • Morgan Street Park on corner of Morgan and Main Street, Boonville

    • This park features a statue of Hannah Cole and also bronze busts on pedestals of prominent early Cooper County residents who were very influential in their fields:  David Barton, George Caleb Bingham, Frederick T. Kemper, James Milton Turner and Walter Williams.  (See more about these men in the Early Personalities section of the website.)

  • Harley Park, Boonville, Indian Mounds, view of the MO River

  • Bell Park on High Street – great view of the Missouri River

  • Site of Hannah Cole Fort, First Battle of Boonville and First Missouri State Fair on Morgan Street on the east side, site of old hospital.  Grand Army of the Republic marker – marks site of the Second battle of Boonville, on East side of old hospital grounds. Additional marker of the Second Battle of Boonville at the Boonville  Correctional Center grounds.

 

FULL AND HALF-DAY TRIPS

  Outside of Boonville

  • Barn Quilts – See Rails, Trails & River Museum, Cooper County Historical Society, Friends of Historic Boonville or the Chamber of Commerce for tour map

  • Cooper County Cemeteries (tour map - see website section on cemeteries)

  • Cooper County Churches (tour map – see website section on churches)

  • New Lebanon Presbyterian Church, school, cemetery, Uncle Abe’s Store Mid 1800’s structures in excellent condition

  • Old Schools - New Lebanon, Lamine and Dick’s Mill (see section on schools)

  • Cotton - Dick’s School – one of three remaining one room schools in Cooper County and the only remaining mill (Dick’s Mill) in Cooper County

  • Last remaining Stage Coach Stop in the County – on Route 5 between Billingsville and the Petite Saline River

  • Santa Fe Trail Head Park (New Franklin)

  • Boonslick State Park with the Salt Lick

  • Pilot Grove - Mt. Nebo Baptist Church; Old Jail and City Hall, City Park – history of Harriman’s Mill and original Millstone; Rural Pilot Grove -  Pleasant Green Plantation, Methodist Church and Cemetery; Burwood and Crestmede

  • Tour of Burwood - Hwy 135 by appointment 660-834-340

  • KATY Trail bike trail.

  • Brownfield Roadside Park on old Highway 50.  Historical Marker overlooking the area of Jesse James train robbery.

  • Warm Springs Ranch Home of Budweiser Clydesdales (off of Hwy. 70) www.warmspringsranch.com

  • Blackwater - Mid-Missouri Museum of Independent Telephone Pioneers                         

    • A museum showcases a unique collection of telephone equipment and memorabilia. It is housed in a beautiful building that was originally the Bank of Blackwater.  Also visit the ”Depot” train  station, now the community center, and the old hotel and restaurant. There are a few antique and trendy shops along the very attractive Main Street. A charming step back in time.

  • Arrow Rock – This lovely little river town was once part of Cooper County and was very instrumental in the early settling and development of the County.  A corner of the site still overlaps into Cooper County.  It features an excellent historical museum, and the old Huston “tavern” still in operation,  plus a variety of State Historic SiteArrow Rock State Historic Site

 

There are many short trips to take in the Boonville area, but also many things that could turn into a full day trip by visiting several unrelated places out in the County.  Here is a suggestion for a full day trip : (But bring your own lunch)

  1. Take Highway 5 South out of Boonville. Cross I-70 and take Highway 5 towards Billingsville.  About 2 ½ miles from I-70, you will see a sign for Billingsville.  Turn left, then right and you will see St. John’s United Church of Christ (1866) and the well-kept cemeteryReturn to Route 5 (South) and in less than

  2. 1/8 mile, on the right side of route 5, you will see a small stone building with a wooden door.  This is the last remaining stage stop in Cooper County (1860). Shortly past the stage stop is a bridge over the Petite Saline River. As you drive over it, imagine that you are driving through the long covered wooden bridge that was once spanned the river there. 

  3. Continue on Route 5, heading south, and in about 31/2 miles, on the right, you will see a sign for Bellair.  Look right, through the trees, and you will see the yellow Pauley house, then on the right side you will see the Bellair Methodist Church (1860) with its beautiful stained-glass window.  Across from the church is the Leonard home, (1913) which was once a school.  Soon after the Leonard home, on the left, you will see the magnificent Ravenswood mansion which is no longer open to visitors.  Continue south until you see a sign on the right for the Hanna Cole Roadside Park and Briscoe cemetery. This is the burial place of Hannah Cole and some of her family.

  4. Return to route 5 and turn right onto Highway E.  You will pass the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church (1856). At the intersection of E and A, turn left onto Route A, which will take you past Crestmede (1865) and into New Lebanon.  Here you will see the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (1860), Uncle Abe’s Country Store (1926), the New Lebanon School (1889) and the New Lebanon cemetery. All are in perfect condition.  Continue on A to Otterville where there is a Civil War site along the railroad tracks at the Conservation Center.

  5. At Otterville pick up Route BB towards Clifton City.  BB turns into Route 135. On 135 you will see Burrwood (1880) which offers tours, and Pleasant Green Plantation (1820). Continue on 135 through Pilot Grove, which is now the second largest town in Cooper County. Pilot Grove is also the home of the CCHS. Stop in on Friday or Saturday 1-5 PM, and also see our Barn Quilt and visit our research center. (111 Roe Street) See the old Calaboose jail.

  6. Continue on 135 until you reach Hwy 70 and as you return, remember the great time you had exploring a part of Cooper County.

 

HISTORICAL/MEMORIAL MARKERS IN COOPER COUNTY

  • Hannah Cole gravesite at Briscoe Cemetery and Park maintained by Hannah Cole DAR (Route 5 and E) near Bellair

  • Civil War sites and markers (see list and description at the end of the Civil War website section)

  • CIVIL WAR SITES

    • Civil War sites and markers (see list and description at the end of the Civil War website section)

    • Hannah Cole Fort Area and 1st Battle of Boonville Site, Rural Boonville, June 17, 1861

    • DNR Marker at Missouri Correctional Center the first land battle of the Civil War in Missouri

    • DNR marker at Lyon’s Park in Pilot Grove - July 1861, Also raid by ”Bloody Bill” Anderson

    • Marker at Thespian Hall – Second Battle of Boonville

    • Sunset Hill Cemetery, Boonville – mass grave of 8 Union soldiers

    • Wilkin’s Bridge near Billingsville General J.O. Shelby and General Sanborn violent battle October 1864

    • Otterville Trenches – December 1861 – May 1865