Historic Sites

Fort Osage


Venture back to the early 19th Century at Fort Osage, a combined military garrison/trading post that served as the gateway to the West. In 1808, William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame built the fort as the first outpost in the Louisiana Purchase.

Missouri Town 1855


Experience life in mid-19th Century Missouri! This living museum, featuring more than 25 buildings dating from 1820 to 1860 and interpreters in period clothing, depicts the daily life of a Missouri farming community.

County Plays Vital Role in U.S. History


Jackson County played a vital role in the history of the United States. In the early 1800s, the area that would eventually become Jackson County served as a gateway for explorers and pioneers venturing into the West.

Find more historical information about the County online.

Jackson County Historical Society


Visit the Historical Society online. Other Historic Sites:

For Teachers


Teacher's Guide:  Download the Teacher's Guide to Missouri Town 1855 and Fort Osage (PDF).
Field Trip Guide:  Download the Educational Experiences Packet
Soldiers in uniform marching like its the 19th century
People dancing like they are from 1855
Teacher's Guide cover photo (PDF)