Chouteau Society marker saved

The Jackson County Historical Society has saved a Chouteau Society historic markers located in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Mo.

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The historic marker was in the way of the building project and JCHS assisted in getting the sign removed and put it into storage until a new location in the West Bottoms can be found.

The saved historic marker was located at 1600 Genessee and tells the story of the old "French Bottoms" occupied by French fur traders in a settlement that eventually became early Kansas City.

In 2008, JCHS accepted responsibility for preserving and perpetuating the work of The Chouteau Society.  

Organized in 1984, this group of historians and civic leaders came together for the purpose of "Collecting, preserving and disseminating information relating to the French heritage of the New World, the Mid-west, and with particular and special emphasis upon, Metropolitan Kansas City Missouri and Kansas  for the period extending from and after the year 1599 Anno Domini."

There are 11 historic markers in total. Here's a complete description of the markers and we encourage everyone to download a copy and visit the individual sites.