Old Drum Tour

Welcome to A Driving Tour of Sites Related to the Old Drum Trial in Warrensburg and Johnson County Missouri

Start the tour at the Warrensburg Depot (Holden Street at the Railroad Tracks)

Go north on Holden Street 2 blocks to the current Johnson County Courthouse. The 1950s statue honoring Old Drum is on the SE corner of the Courthouse Square

Continue north to the 4-way stop at Gay Street. Turn left, go to the top of the hill, and turn left on Main Street. You have found:

1842-1878 Old Johnson County Courthouse (restored to ca.1870 appearance). Tours available by contacting Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library & Museum, 304 N. Main St., (660)747-6480. The Old Courthouse is part of the Johnson County Historical Society’s museum complex & was the site of the famous Old Drum trial in 1870 and a political gunfight in 1861. Hours: Mon. – Sat. 1-4 PM; admission charged.

Turn around and go north on Main Street to Business US-50. Turn left and go to US-50. Turn left on US-50, and go west 5 miles to MO-58. Turn left (south) on MO-58. MO-58 will turn back to the west and go through Holden to Kingsville (14 miles total). Take Hwy T south from Kingsville about 3 miles to Hwy TT. About 3 miles in, you will pass the

Hornsby Cemetery, where Lon Hornsby and other princpals in the case are buried. Continue west to the end of the pavement. Turn left on Hadsdell Rd (SW 2001) 7/10 mile to SW 600. Go right on SW 600 about 3/4 mile to Old Drum Road. Turn left on Old Drum Road 3/4 mile to the monument (just across the Big Creek bridge).

Return the way you came, or continue south on Old Drum Road to MO-2 in Cass County.

Use this map to locate the key Old Drum sites:


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