Plans to promote tourism by identifying Civil War sites in Pacific were approved at the March 2 tourism commission meeting.
The commission approved the purchase of 25 U.S. Grant trail signs that will mark a driving tour of sites in the city that have a Civil War connection.
Among sites discussed were the replica Civil War cannon on Blackburn Park, the Sterling Price sign on East Osage near Jensen’s Point and the Pacific Station Plaza Civil War marker, which describes the action on Oct. 1, 1864, in Downtown Pacific.
The Plaza also is the location of a building that was used as a Civil War hospital.
Downtown Pacific was largely destroyed by Confederate troops in the four-hour battle that included cannon fire and some residents captured as prisoners of war.
Cost of the signs and connectors is approximately $1,000. The commission will ask that the budget be amended to include the purchase.
Greg Wouk, Missouri Civil War Heritage Foundation, showed a sample of the signs at the meeting.
The commission also agreed to purchase a third Civil War marker from the foundation to complement the two markers at Blackburn Park and the Plaza. The third marker will tell the story of the Oct. 1, 1864, battle.
A possible site for the marker is near Jensen’s Point, which is the location where the two armies met on the morning of the battle. Confederate troops were driven back into town where more cannon fire was exchanged on St. Louis Street and eventually driven out of town.
The U.S. Grant Trail signs are part of a campaign to promote Civil War tourism in Missouri.
Grant would have traveled through Pacific on the Pacific train when he went to Jefferson City. All westbound steam trains had to stop in Pacific to take on water before going up the hill to Gray Summit.
There also are contemporary newspaper reports of John C. Fremont traveling through Pacific when President Abraham Lincoln recalled him to Washington and replaced him as head of the Army of Missouri.
Wouk said many people are traveling to Civil War sites and Missouri hopes to emulate the eastern states of Virginia and Pennsylvania that tell their Civil War stories and market their Civil War sites to visitors.
“We encourage local communities to create local maps and brochures identifying Civil War sites that can be made available to tourists when they come here,” Wouk said.