8 Things to do while you're here.
(Plus bonus destinations to make your visit complete).
Tour our trail of museums and monuments, including one of only 12 national Madonna of the Trails, the Saluda Steamboat Memorial, the Lexington Historical Museum as well as the new Wentworth Military Academy Museum (coming Fall, 2018).
Want to know the whole story? We’ll share it with you, preserving the past is our passion.
Don’t miss the elaborately decorated sword that James A. Mulligan turned over in surrender, but was later allowed to keep per orders of General Sterling Price. Stolen by a young boy shortly after Mulligan's surrender and hidden in his father's farm near Lexington, it was eventually returned to the widow of Colonial Mulligan in 1912. The family later donated the sword to the Lexington Historical Museum in 1967. Located at the Lexington Historical Museum, you'll see memorabilia related to the Pony Express mail service, steamboats, coal mining, Osage Indians, and the Wentworth Military Academy
Lexington Historical Museum - Hours & Information
112 S. 13th St.• Lexington, MO 64067 • Phone: 660-259-2900
June-September: Sun.-Fri., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
May and October: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $3; ages 6-18, $1.50; 6 and under, free. Group rates available. For more details, call the phone number listed above or call 660-259-6313.
Other Destinations & Landmarks to Round Out your Day.
Madonna of the Trail
Broadway at Highland Ave
This monument to pioneer women was presented to Lexington in 1928.
Jackson County Judge Harry S. Truman presided at the dedication.
The Madonna is one of 12 placed in every state crossed by the National Old Trails Road, the route of early settlers from Maryland to California.
Lafayette County War Memorial
Constructed in 1925, this memorial to the veterans of four wars has stairs
leading from the Old Trails Scenic Byway to the top of the bluff on Highland Ave., where there are benches and a fine view of the Missouri River valley.
Lafayette County Veterans Memorial
Located on the west lawn of the Lafayette County Courthouse. Dedicated
November 11, 2006, this memorial honors all branches of the armed service
and all veterans of Lafayette County.
16th & State Streets
This city park near the battlefield site contains a cannon from the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) and a shelter that is a replica of the Masonic College building that served as Union headquarters during the Battle of Lexington. A marker indicates where Union Col. Mulligan hid $1 million in confiscated funds under his tent during the battle.
N. 10th Street
Although the course of the Missouri River has shifted northward, views from this city park show where Lewis & Clark and countless steamboats passed in the 19th Century. A picnic shelter, boat launch and marker explaining the site’s historical significance makes this a lovely location to relax and enjoy the river view.
Crystal Lake Park
S 24th St
Area park with shade trees, park benches, walking trail and picnic tables.
A wonderful place to relax and take in some fresh air, walk the circumference of the small lake or enjoy your lunch.