Battlefield Self-Guided Tours

Battle of Westport Auto Tour

This self-guided auto tour visits the 25 major sites associated with the Battle of Westport and provides a general understanding of the events which took place on October 21-23, 1864. 

Each site is designated by a historical narrative marker describing its significance.  The tour route covers 32 miles in the Kansas City Missouri metropolitan area.

Visitor Center Museum 6601 Swope Parkway         Kansas City, MO

Map and Directions

Visitor Center ~ Hours of Operation                           April through October Thursday-Saturday 1-5  p.m.      Admission                               No admission fees.  Donations are accepted and appreciated. 

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
Email: battleofwestport1864@yahoo.com

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Starting from Westport

You may begin the route at Marker One in the historic Westport District of Kansas City Missouri located at Westport Road and Pennsylvania Avenue.  This marker stands upon the site of  Federal Gen. Samuel R. Curtis' headquarters in the Harris House Hotel. 

From Westport, the tour crosses Brush Creek in the Country Club Plaza and ascends the rugged bluffs.  From 55th Street it passes the historic Bent House to Loose Park.  An artillery piece and display panels are located on the south end of the park on 55th Street.

Tour Marker One at Northeast Corner of Westport and Penn  
       
          Markers and cannon in south Loose Park  
Traveling south from Loose Park, the tour comes to the John Wornall House, which was struck by artillery shells and used as a field hospital.    
 
Confederate memorial in Forest Hill Cemetery
1858 John Wornall House
 
The tour climbs from the Wornall House to Forest Hill Cemetery, site of Gen. Shelby's Last Stand, where a Confederate monument now stands.  From Forest Hill the tour comes to the Battle of Westport Visitor Center at the west entrance to Swope Park.
     
                     
Starting from Visitor Center
                   
Battle of Westport Visitor Center in Swope Park  

Or you may choose to begin the tour at the Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum located at 6601 Swope Parkway in Kansas City's historic Swope Park and adjacent to the Byram's Ford Big Blue Battlefield.

       
                         

Big Blue Battlefield Walking Tour

                   
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The Byram's Ford crossing on the Blue River played a crucially significant role in the Battle of Westport on both October 22 and 23 1864. 

This self-guided walking tour explores the historic ford and route of the Byram's Ford Road over the battlefield, which have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Byram's Ford Historic District. 

On Bloody Hill overlooking Byram's Ford stands a cannon marking the location of Pratt's Artillery Ford on 23 October 1864.

     
  Pratt's Artillery on Bloody Hill above Byram's Ford