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Fort Osage
A fortress high above the muddy Missouri

photo by Heather Berry

Once the guardian of an unexplored frontier, historic Fort Osage recreates an era when rugged men sought furs and found adventure among the American Indians along the Missouri River.

Built in 1808, under the watchful eye of William Clark, joint commander of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and Capt. Eli B. Clemson, soldiers erected the fort to serve many purposes. It functioned as an outpost in the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase, housed soldiers and protected the United States Factory Trade House.

The fort also assisted the American government in befriending the area's Osage Indians and offered Missouri's first settlers sanctuary as they headed westward.

Dressed in early 19th century attire, museum staff and volunteers engage in activities to complement their period surroundings. From holiday celebrations to reenactments ofdaily tasks, Fort Osage brings the past to life again.

Fort Osage is located in Sibley, along the Missouri River, 14 miles northeast of Independence. Call the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Heritage Museums and Programs at (816) 795-8200, ext. 1-260, for more information.

 

 

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