Saving Kansas City's Battlefield


Saving Kansas City's Battlefield  Initiative

  Because of the growth of Kansas City, few portions of the Battle of Westport of October 21-23, 1864, the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi have survived.   The Byram's Ford Historic District encompassing the historic ford and the associated Byram's Ford Road site has fortunately remained largely unchanged since 1864.     

Visitor Center Museum 6601 Swope Parkway         Kansas City, MO

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Visitor Center ~ Hours of Operation                           April - October Thursday-Saturday 1-5  p.m.   

Admission                               No admission fees.  Donations are accepted and appreciated. 

Contact Us
Monnett Battle of Westport Fund   6900 College Boulevard, Suite 510,  Overland Park, KS 66211
Phone: (913) 345-2000
Fax: (913) 345-2081

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In 2006, the Monnett Fund launched the Saving Kansas City's Battlefield Initiative with the purpose of acquiring the rest of the  battlefield adjacent to the Byram's Ford Historic District and restoring it to its 1864.  It is a unique and ambitious effort to reclaim and preserve this historic battlefield.   

No other effort in the national campaign to preserve Hallowed Ground has begun from this level of intervening development and disturbance.   The restoration effort requires the acquisition and reclamation of key tracts of land at the battle site, which has been used previously as an industrial park. 



Saving Kansas City's Battlefield  2009 Update

The video below produced by Lauran Smith for the Monnett Fund to launch the Saving Kansas City's Battlefield Initiative, illustrates the Big Blue Byram's Ford Battlefield following its restoration under our reclamation plan. This update includes the Fund's most recent progress since 2006 in reclaiming this Hallowed Ground for future generations.