3-Trails Corridor

Owens - McCoy House

Early pioneer and Santa Fe Trail entrepreneur, Samuel Combs Owens, operated trading posts in partnership with others on Independence Square, and in Lexington and Liberty, Missouri.The original portion of the Owens-McCoy House was constructed in 1840 by Owens, one of the first Jackson County Clerks from 1827,and a prominent Santa Fe Trail merchant, financier and contract freighter for the U.S. Army. Owens was also one of the original incorporators who founded the Town of Kansas in 1838, which was later re-named Kansas City.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson

Owens - McCoy House

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History

Owens was intimately involved in business, politics and personal relationships with all early Jackson County settlers...and many of those who merely funneled through Independence on their way west. Owens was killed by Mexicans in the Mexican-American War Battle of the Sacramento River about 15 miles north of Chihuahua. His son-in-law, William McCoy, became the first Mayor of Independence in 1849 and became a “prominent figure in holding the community together during the Civil War when most of the border communities were looted and burned to the ground.” The Owens-McCoy House, an integral site along the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails, is a private residence today. In the olden days, however, “the McCoy Estate was... enjoyed by the community who would walk around the grounds while in town or after church services or other social gatherings. It must have been a treat on a hot day decked out in your Sunday best and all the layers of clothing to stroll through the gardens and down to the spring (that Heritage House sits [up]on) and enjoy a cool breeze coming out of the McCoy Park valley.”
Thanks to: David W. Jackson

More Information

The Owens-McCoy House is currently a private residence.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson