Warrensburg History

Warrensburg is a doggone good town! Learn about Martin Warren, a blacksmith by trade, who's house became a stopping point in this area and eventually Warrens-burg was born! Numerous happenings took place in Warrensburg during the frontier days of the 1800s. Though thousands of events occurred, following is a handful of standouts on Warrensburg’s creation and on the lives of early settlers.

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Original Courthouse Campus

302 N. Main

The Johnson County Historical Society and Genealogy are housed in the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library & Museum and maintain all the buildings on the Original Courthouse Square in Warrensburg, Missouri. Patrons have access to the archives of original county records dating from 1834 including original county documents, photographs, family and subject files for research. Along with the original courthouse and library, the property also houses a one room school house. All buildings are open for tours through the Johnson County Historical Society. Not to mention, this is the location of the infamous "Old Drum Trial." Please call the Historical Society for more information.

(660) 747-6480

Old Drum Statue

300 N. Holden

Get your photo with Old Drum and read about the famous trial from which the phrase "Man's Best Friend" originated. Located in Historic Downtown Warrensburg, Missouri, the statue is housed on the lawn of the second courthouse of Johnson County, the first still stands.

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300 N. Holden

The second courthouse was created in 1896, and one year after its erection, the sculpture of Minerva, goddess of Wisdom, was mounted on the top.

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Blind Boone Park

West Pine

Blind Boone Park was originally a segregated park for the African-American community. The Blind Boone Park Renovation Group volunteers worked for 5 years to raise funds for the park's renovation.

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McClure Archives & Museum

UCM Campus

University of Central Missouri Archives and Museum has much to offer patrons. Collections and artifacts spanning the globe from the Nance Middle East collection and Guatemalan textiles to university history are stored at the Archives and Museum.

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Pertle Springs Trail

Pertle Drive

As you hike along the trails at Pertle Springs you join the thousands of other people that have visited Pertle Springs for recreation since 1886. Please respect the historically and culturally significant areas that lie along the trails. You serve a critical role in preserving the history of the area for future generations.

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Whiteman Air Force Base

Sixty miles to the southeast of Kansas City, nestled among the wooded, rolling hills of west-central Missouri, and 10 miles east of Warrensburg, is the bustling community of Whiteman Air Force Base. Today Whiteman is the home of the 509th Bomb Wing, which operates and maintains the Air Force’s premier weapons system, the B-2 Stealth Bomber.

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Sunset Hill Cemetery

Take a stroll through this historic cemetery that began in 1868, with notable historic figures.

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Historic Downtown

Enjoy the historical buildings in our historic downtown while you shop til you drop. Then recharge with some delicious local flavor from the various restaurants, grab a cup of joe from one of the local coffee shops, or just kick bakc and relax in one of the local pubs. Whatever your flavor, downtown has it!

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Get In Touch

Office Location: 

200 S. Holden Street

Mailing Address:

102 S. Holden Street

Warrensburg, MO 64093

Phone. 660-262-4611


Mon   9:00AM - 5:00PM

Tue    9:00AM - 5:00PM

 Wed  9:00AM - 5:00PM

Thu   9:00AM - 5:00PM

 Fri   9:00AM - 5:00PM


"The mission of the Warrensburg Convention and Visitors Bureau is to position Warrensburg and Johnson County, Missouri,as a regional tourism and meeting destination with the vision to foster experiences that exceed visitor expectations."

Home of Man's Best Friend (c) 2017

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