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pilotThe Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum, Marshall Airport
A Marshall resident, Russell “Penny” Nicholas, purchased surplus airplanes and parts after World War I. An airfield was built, though the planes shared space with grazing livestock. In 1925 the Marshall Flying School was established as a subsidiary of the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company. Marshall became the home of the world’s largest civilian air school. The school was one of the oldest and most successful flying schools in the country. Most of the instructors were Army pilots from World War I, and the school attracted students from all over the world. A new plane, the Barling NB-3, was manufactured in Marshall in 1927. This famous monoplane is on display at the Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum. The NB-8, a totally different type of plane, is also on display. Enjoy a variety of airplanes on display, along with other aviation memorabilia. 1985 S. Odell Street, Marshall 660-886-3320. Open weekends.

World War I Doughboy Statue, Marshall Courthouse
Authorized by a special act of the state legislature on May 6, 1919, the Doughboy War Memorial was dedicated on October 12, 1927 at a cost of $2699.21. The statue “is to commemorate the part played in World War I by Saline County soldiers, sailors and marines. It is not only to proclaim the honor and glory of those who were killed but the achievements of those who passed through the holocaust and returned to the pursuits of peace. It is also to commemorate the work of those who had stay-at-home duties. In other words, this statue is a tribute to every Saline County resident in every activity which bore on the war.”

Pennytown Founders

Pennytown, Marshall
The largest of Saline County’s African American hamlets, Pennytown consists of sixty-four acres and is marked by a historic church. In 1988 the church building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and was restored in 1996. The Pennytown Freewill Baptist Church stands as the only structural reminder of the thriving community that once existed on this land and their successful vision of self-reliance. This non-profit organization has an annual gathering on the first Sunday in August to honor Pennytown.

Directions to Pennytown: From Highway 65, 3.5 miles south of Marshall, take 165th Rd. east approximately 1 mile. Turn south on Kittyhawk Ave. for approximately .8 miles. Pennytown Church is on the east side of the road. For more information, visit www.pennytownchurch.com

Battle Of Marshall Driving TourThe Battle of Marshall
Driving Tour
This self-guided tour takes visitors through different points of interest of the Civil War. Throughout the Civil War, Marshall was garrisoned by Union troops. Although Marshall was strategically unimportant, the town was the victim of two Confederate raids and site of the climatic Battle of Marshall. Call the Marshall Chamber of Commerce for information: 660-886-3324. A Driving Tour brochure is available through Chamber of Commerce 214 N. Lafayette and Saline County Historical Society 101 N. Lafayette. Download the brochure here.
Sites included:
•• Benson Execution Site •• Saline County Courthouse •• Rock Presbyterian Church •• O’Dell Cemetery •• Ridge Park Cemetery •• Eastwood Street •• Montegue Hill •• Robion Springs

Saline County Historical Museum
101 N. Lafayette
Marshall, MO

The Saline County Courthouse, Marshall Square
This is an enduring landmark in the center of Marshall Square and a legacy of nineteenth century architecture. The 1882 cross-gabled courthouse with central tower has become, for many Saline Countians, “The Light of Saline County.”It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. In 2005 the Court House lawn became a demonstration site for treescape planning and management as part of a TRIM project that County Government spearheaded for Saline County. Visitor Hours: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Veteran’s Memorial, Saline County Courthouse
In 1991 a red granite memorial was erected on the southeast corner of the lawn to honor those who paid the ultimate price for their country from World War I, World War II, Korea, Viet Nam and the Persian Gulf.

First Presbyterian Church
(Natural Rock Church) N. Street and O’Dell one block off the square. On the National Historic Register, the church was used as a headquarters and a hospital in the Battle of Marshall during the Civil War.



Dennis Brothers Equine
Civil War Monument

Ridge Park Cemetery,
804 E. Yerby Street

This equestrian monument, erected as a symbol of the struggle of the war which divided the Dennis brothers in their youth, symbolizes the war service of Austin and Davis Dennis. The theme of the monument is one of unity rather than division. It was sculpted by the famous Italian sculptor, Bartholli, at Barre, Vermont, and was set in place in the summer of 1901. “Parted in life only by individual thinking and opinions, the brothers are united through the ages by a common tomb.”



Area Theatres/Historic Sites

Lyceum Theatre
Arrow Rock, MO

Friends of Arrow Rock
Boardwalk, PO Box 124
Arrow Rock, MO

State Historic Site Arrow Rock
PO Box 1
Arrow Rock, MO


Pioneers stopped off in Marshall to replenish supplies during their westward expansion years. The Santa Fe Trail Days Parade and Festival celebrates those early years.


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