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Jefferson Barracks Historic Park

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Jefferson Barracks Historic Park

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Evan wrote a review Jan 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri219 contributions240 helpful votes
The trail is very relaxing and amazing. The trail is very long and the views and scenery was amazing. Very cool park
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Date of experience: December 2019
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David S wrote a review Nov 2019
Saint Louis, Missouri168 contributions28 helpful votes
If visiting Jefferson Barracks Historical Park area you need to plan to visit the Cemetery which has soldiers from every American Conflict - I'll leave this up to you to figure out. Additionally there are three small museums, Missouri Civil War, POW/MIA, telephone and one other small museum. If you stop by the cemetery front desk they can provide you a handout that will provide many very interesting facts about the grounds. If you have some extra time and want to take a walk, there is also a county park of which the land used to be part of Jefferson Barracks. I promise you if you are there in the early or late part of the day you will see deer roaming the park.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Taylor B wrote a review Oct 2019
Chicago, Illinois6,507 contributions5,250 helpful votes
The Jefferson Barracks Military Post, located on the Mississippi River in Lemay, Missouri, south of downtown St. Louis, was an important and active U.S. Army installation from 1826 to 1946 and remains the oldest operation U.S. military installation west of the Mississippi River. Today, it is used as a base for the Army and Air National Guard. In the 1800s, the 338-acre property served as a training camp for soldiers being prepared to fight Indians in the West. It served as an important military post during the Mexican-American War in 1846-1848, served as a military hospital and recruitment depot during the Civil War in 1861-1865, outfitted troops for the Spanish-American War in 1898, became the main base for the first experiments in aviation parachuting in 1912, served as a training and recruitment station for soldiers heading to Europe in World War I, and served as a major reception station for U.S. troops being drafted into the military and an important basic training site for the Army in World War II. Today, Jefferson Barracks is the site of two St. Louis County parks, a National Guard base for the Missouri Army National Guard's largest brigade, the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and a Veterans Administration hospital. The parks feature several museums that house artifacts and history of Jefferson Barracks while it was an active U.S. Military Post. The Powder Magazine Museum focuses on the history of Jefferson Barracks from its inception in 1826 to its closure in 1846. The Missouri Civil War Museum, opened in 2013, focuses on the state's role during the Civil War and displays weapons, uniforms, medical equipment and photographs. The Laborer's House Museum shows a typical mid-1800s family residence. And the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum displays an extensive collection of telephones manufactured from the 1900s through the 2000s, military telephones from World War II through the Vietnam War, hundreds of pieces of telephone-related equipment, memorabilia from the 1880s through the 2000s, novelty telephones, a sculpture of Alexander Graham Bell, a history of the invention of the telephone, even a special portable switchboard set up when U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson visited St. Louis. Jefferson Barracks was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Robert C wrote a review Oct 2019
Edinburg, Texas757 contributions148 helpful votes
I learned a lot about the Civil War in the west. John, the curator when we were there was very informative. The exhibits date before the start of the Civil War. The uniforms from the era and the tool used were interesting. I was impressed by the medical section. There are several videos that are very informative. This should be a stop for any one visiting St. Louis.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Trish M wrote a review Sep 2019
Parrish, Florida242 contributions60 helpful votes
Both of my parents are buried here and it was such a peaceful place. This time while visiting a herd of deer came up and was playing, eating grass, flowers and mingling around. They did not seem afraid of any humans. I am not sure how long they allow flowers on the graves but I can say that it may only be a week or two. I saw the posted sign that the flowers would be picked up on 9/2, so I waited until the 3rd to place my flowers. I returned on 9/12 and they were gone! Sad for me but I hope the deer enjoyed them before they were removed. The next time I am in town I am going to bring apples & carrots for the deer instead of flowers.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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