3-Trails Corridor

Bingham-Waggoner Estate

Missouri’s famous painter and statesman, George Caleb Bingham, purchased the Lewis homestead and lived in this home during the Civil War where he painted, perhaps, his most famous masterpiece, “Martial Law,” or, “Order No. 11,” depicting the Union Army’s militarization of this area and depopulation of four counties along the Missouri- Kansas border in 1863. Trail ruts, or swales, preserved on this site, are visible reminders of the hundreds of thousands of overland travelers who passed by on the Santa Fe, and later Oregon and California trails. With the constant roll of time, travelers saw this modest home expand around its original nucleus into a mansion that is open to the public today as a house museum with guided tours.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson

Bingham-Waggoner Estate

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History

The once vast estate situated south of the original Independence city limits along the Santa Fe, Oregon and later California trail, remains today a 19-acre tract that is open to the public. Osage Street, an alley-sized path bordering on the east, and a road cut on the southeast corner of the property where Osage turns into present-day Linden Street, was one of the many lanes of the original trail alignment that pre-dates 1835. In fact, the width of the trail has not changed since that time and harkens to the oxen-led wagons that once passed this way. Here, modern-day travelers may drive the exact path of 19th century overlanders. At the rear of the property, a series of trail ruts, or swales, may be seen that align with Independence Square and those preserved at Santa Fe Trail Park.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson