Historical Sites and Museums
The Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum, Marshall
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.”
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
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
The Battle of Marshall
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.
•• 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
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
Veteran’s Memorial, Saline County
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
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.