History of Preservation
First Efforts - 1920s
In 1923, the Mayor and City Council of Kansas
City adopted ordinances encouraging the preservation and marking of the
sites associated with the Battle of Westport along Brush Creek in the
Country Club District and along the Blue River at the Byram's Ford Crossing.
Efforts to create a National Military Park at Loose Park and at Byram's Ford
were pursued in 1926 in the United States Congress. Unfortunately, the Great
Depression overwhelmed these efforts.
Formation of Monnett Battle of Westport Fund - 1970s
In 1975, members of the Civil War Round Table
of Kansas City banded together to form the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund,
Named in honor of the late Dr. Howard Monnett,
who was the author of the Action Before Westport, the Monnett Fund raised
$25,000.00 in contributions to purchase and place markers along a 32 mile
auto tour of the sites of the Battle of Westport.