Kirksville has a rich history and the area offers numerous opportunities to look into the past. From ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia to thousand-year-old ceremonial markings to the Civil War, Kirksville has many unique historical settings that are sure to satisfy any visitor.
211 South Elson
Kirksville MO 63501
The Historical Museum is open Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. and is filled with many artifacts including several pioneer items, Native American relics and arrowheads, and collections of military objects, including the cannonball that struck the courthouse in 1862 during the Battle of Kirksville.
800 West Jefferson
The museum showcases the evolution of Osteopathic Medicine from its beginnings in Kirksville until today. The collection of original documents and other artifacts span 150 years.
1245 North Brown Street
La Plata, MO
The Exhibition of Amtrak History is an ex-Amtrak Mail Handling Car (MHC). It houses the complete collection of the Amtrak Historical Society and everything Amtrak related that TrainWeb.com has collected over its history, as well as everything that has been donated over the years.
15892 State Higway 6
The Coal Miner’s Museum contains coal mining items, farm antiques and memorabilia from local businesses. Trace the history of coal mining in Northern Missouri from its peak into the mid-1900′s.
20431 State Hwy 157
Located in Thousand Hills State Park, rock formations containing historic Native American carvings can be found in a sheltered exhibit. Visitors walk on a path to read information about them along the walls and then match up the symbols on the actual rocks below. More information can be found here.
100 East Normal
At Pickler Memorial Library on Truman’s campus, the library has a variety of rare books and historic artifacts in their Special Collections, including ancient Cuneiform tablets.
North Osteopathy & West Washington Street
In 1862, Kirksville was the site of an important battle which cemented northern Missouri for the Union. The mass grave of executed Confederate soldiers is marked in the Forest Llewellyn cemetery a few blocks west of Kirksville’s Square.
Franklin and Normal
The Veterans Memorial, located on Highway 63, commemorates the sacrifices of area men and women who have served in the military. Alongside the Veterans’ memorial is a WW I German Howitzer as well as a Civil War Cannon.