The Visitor Center overlooks the Big Blue River valley
and the nearby historic Byram's Ford crossing. The
vista from the center sweeps across the fields to the
river where war raged nearly 150 years ago.
The Center, which opened in October 2008, depicts the
experiences of the soldiers and civilians caught in the
vortex of war during the three days of the battle on
October 21-23, 1864. Visitors learn about the most
dramatic event in Kansas City's history.
From the tower of the center, visitors can see the
panoramic view where Union General Samuel Curtis
constructed a defensive line stretching for ten miles
along the banks of the Big Blue River.