Border War Tour

Posts in this category are part of the Border War Series

Fort Leavenworth

If you don’t know me personally or haven’t followed me long enough to figure this out, I am a God-fearing, flag waving, proud to be an American man.  When the national anthem is playing, I will be standing at attention with my hand over my heart to honor the greatest country on earth.  It is …

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Diorama of the James Farm in Museum

Jesse James Farmhouse

I have a bit of personal attachment to the Jesse James story because the house we built in Richmond, Missouri backed up to the cemetery where Robert (Bob) Ford was buried. Ford was the man who shot Jesse James in St Joseph. His tombstone reads, Robert Ford, “The man who shot Jesse James”. While in …

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Fort Osage

Remembering the 4th grade A significant portion of my readers are, or were, Missouri residents. I think that most of these people remember the 4th grade Missouri History unit. Part of that unit was usually a field trip to Fort Osage. Even though we have all been there, myself included, I bet only a few …

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Fort Gibson

Our last stop on the Oklahoma tour is Fort Gibson.  I found Fort Gibson very interesting, and I encourage you to visit if you are in the area.  The historic Fort Gibson is located in the town of Fort Gibson, which is just east of Muskogee, over the Arkansas River.  Muskogee is 50 miles southeast …

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Historic Liberty Jail

My wife was concerned that I was considering joining the Mormon religion after watching “Under the Banner of Heaven” on Hulu.  While joining up was never in my mind. I will admit that for a few weeks I was a bit obsessed with the story.  I am fascinated by the history of the religion, particularly …

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Far West Settlement

This will be the second in an unofficial series of posts relating to the history of the Mormons in Missouri.  If you haven’t read the last post, I encourage you to do so on this Facebook page or via this link to my website:  www.jonathanjonesauthor.com.  Some of the information on this post was gained when …

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Haun’s Mill Massacre

The Haun’s Mill Massacre came to my attention while Jill and I were watching the Hulu show, Under the Banner of Heaven, starring Andrew Garfield.  The show is based on a true story about a 1984 murder mystery centered in the Mormon community of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Throughout the course of the show, the …

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