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Posted on: September 8, 2008

Historic Military Post Turns 200

Jackson County commemorated the 200th anniversary of one of its oldest and most significant historical sites September 6-7.

More than 1,200 people attended the two-day event as the County marked 200 years since the establishment of Fort Osage. In 1808, William Clark, co-leader of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition, oversaw construction of the fort, the first military post in the recently acquired Louisiana Territory.

One of Clark’s direct descendents, Peyton “Bud” Clark, and United States Army Lt. Col. Scott Farquhar joined Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders during the official Fort Osage Bicentennial Dedication Program on Saturday, September 6. A new historical marker by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas City was unveiled. In the 1940s, the Native Sons and Daughters played an instrumental role in reconstructing Fort Osage.

Throughout two-day Bicentennial celebration, historical interpreters recreated the typical everyday life within the fort during the early 19th Century. They depicted both military and civilian activities. Musket and canon demonstrations were held each day, in addition to military drills and parades.

Fort Osage is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The historical landmark will also be the site of Grand Festival of Chez Canses this weekend, September 13-14.

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