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Captain John McCoy

Captain John McCoy, who served in the Civil War, traveled to Springfield to apply for a pension. He was a politician in Arkansas before and after the war.

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Wahshungah monument

The tombstone for Wahshungah, known as the last chief of the Kaw Nation, was carved by W.O. Johnson, a Springfield firm. Bids for the contract were from firms in Guthrie, Oklahoma City, and Kansas City, among others. 

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Osage Murder Mystery

A member of the Osage Indian tribe fled to Springfield to hide from potential murderers in the 1920's. Many members of the nation were killed during this time to gain control of their mineral rights during the oil boom.

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Marvel Cave

Explore Marvel Cave and the Lost River with William Powell in this 1921 article. As a bonus, learn about several of the world records set in the cave over the years by balloonists. 

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4653 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO
65810-1723
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