St Joseph has 9 local museums that have kicked off a 2nd Series trading card promotion. A collection of historical themed trading cards that showcase different exhibit items, famous people or hot spots that are unique to St. Joseph. Not only am I excited to have some fun collecting these cards, but it will get me back into some local attractions that I haven’t been in for awhile. I don’t plan to stop until I have all 9, I will post the cards as I collect them and give you tips on where you can as well collect them! Read to have some fun?!?!
Typically this isn’t a place I’d go to look around and hang out, but it was a beautiful day and I decided I’d rather be outside than inside while starting to collect the local trading cards. Many would consider it a creepy and unusual place to tour, including myself, until my adventure today. I learned a lot about our city’s rich history and found it pretty interesting to walk around the grounds and view the beautiful carved marble, granite and brick markers along with the aged landscaping.
Located at 824 Mount Mora Road is one of the oldest operating cemeteries, which includes 30 distinctive dwellings and the burial sites of many important people. Three Missouri Governors, many Civil War Vets, and a couple Pony Express riders are just a few to mention. Mount Mora Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each gravestone tells a different story.
Photo 1: A snapshot of the trading card I collected at Mount Mora Cemetery, featuring US Senator Robert Wilson. He was a General, appointed in 1937, who helped outline Missouri’s future. He was a school teacher, Circuit Clerk, employee, appointed Postmaster, then elected Howard County Probate Court Judge. In 1852, he arrived in Andrew County, in 1854, was elected to MO Senate; re-elected in 1858. He still remains the only Andrew County resident elected to US Senate. Robert’s influence played a major role in holding Missouri for the Union. He is buried at Mount Mora Cemetery.
(photo courtesy of St Joseph MO)
Photo 2: Mausoleum Row, near the main gate to the cemetery reads a ‘Who’s Who’ of
St. Joseph. Twenty-one mausoleums in one row and nine others scattered throughout the cemetery pay tribute to turn of the century St. Joseph!