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Cultural Resources Defined:

The traces of all of the past activities and accomplishments of people. Those cultural resources of note, are those which have contributed significantly to the development of the region or typify the nature, character, activities, and culture of those peoples which comprise that region.

They include:

  1. Tangible traces, such as: districts, sites, cemeteries, buildings, structures, bridges, roads & trails, transportation facilities, archaeology, architecture, paintings & sculptures, historical documents, and other objects.

  2. Less tangible traces, such as: dance forms, aspects of folk life, landscapes, vistas, cultural or religious practices, folklore and interpretive arts, such as story-telling and drama and some lifeways.

These same resources may also be:

  1. Resources that have little or no significance

  2. Resources included in or determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places or an equivalent register maintained at the state or local level.

  3. Resources not yet evaluated that may be eligible for inclusion in the National Register or an equivalent.

  4. Properties that may qualify for the protections afforded by the Archeological Resources Protection Act or the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

For the purposes of this website section, we will confine our efforts to those cultural resources that are tangible and lie outside of the historical society museum, but; within the confines of the county. Be fully aware that the historical society museum houses a wealth of cultural resources, both tangible and intangible, that are partially displayed on other sections within this website.

For the purposes of this website, the cultural resources which we intend to concentrate on are as follows:

  1. Transportation, to include: Overland Trails, Rivers & Steamboats, Railroads, Roads & Highways, and Bridges.

  2. Public Buildings, to include: Seat of Government, Institutions, and Commercial Establishments & Businesses.

  3. Churches.

  4. Schools.

  5. Communities.

  6. Industry.

  7. Organizations.

  8. Cemeteries.

  9. Century Farms.

National Register of Historic Places - Missouri Department of Natural Resources - State Preservation Office 

Missouri Cultural Resource Inventory 

For the purposes of this web site, we are defining “historic” as being at least 100 years old and will loosely limit our features here to that time period. For those that are considered to be historic, we will attempt to accurately locate them and to provide photos and thumbnail sketches relating to them. We hope that you will find these sections of our website of value to you.

Presented in the Cultural Resources section of this website are a number of Points of Interest for:   Churches, Schools, Cemeteries, Communities and Landmarks. The greatest preponderance of these points presented on the maps of the Cultural Resources section are taken from a book prepared by James F. McHenry for the Cole County Historical Society. The credits to that book are as follows.

Cemeteries, Burial Grounds, Churches, Schools, Communities, Locales & Landmarks of Cole County, Missouri

Prepared by the Cole County Historical Society, James F. (Jim) McHenry, Compiler

And dedicated to the Cole County Commission for its abiding interest in and support of matters historical:
Donald C. Stockman, Presiding Commissioner
Michael D. Forck, Eastern District Commissioner
Eric D. Peters, Western District Commissioner

Acknowledgement is made with gratitude to the memory of: Thenia Bolton McHenry, for her initial inventory of Cole County’s cemeteries in the 1930s.

And to Betty Schnider Morse and Bettye Gilbert, who re-inventoried and photographed the cemeteries in the 1970s and whose work and that of Mrs. McHenry is combined in their book, Cemeteries in Cole County, Missouri as recorded in the 1930s.

© 2002 - 2006 by Cole County Historical Society


All of the Points of Interest for River Landings and Steamboat Wrecks are derived from Maps published by the Missouri River Commission in 1894, which were based on surveys of the Missouri River Bottoms of this area by Army Corps of Engineers in 1879. Please note that many of these points of interest will fall inland by a considerable distance, this apparent error may be attributed to major changes in the course of the Missouri River since the time of these surveys.   These maps are in the public domain.

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