In the southwest corner of Missouri, bordering Kansas, lies Barton County. The county was created out of land from Jasper County in December 1855. Its namesake is for David Barton, who had served as presiding president of the Missouri Constitutional Convention of 1820, and as a U.S. senator from 1820-1831.
Within Barton County resides a small town called Lamar. Formed out of Osage Indian lands, this town is best known for being the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman. Serving as the 33rd president of the United States, Truman was the only person from Missouri to serve as president.
While it is a great honor that a future president was born there, Lamar has so much more history to offer a visitor. Founded in 1856 by George E. Ward and Joseph C. Parry, the town was named after Mirabeau Lamar, second President of Texas, who was a friend of George Ward.
From cowboys like Wyatt Earp, to a magnificent Golden Age theater, to Civil War cannons, Lamar has a significant history to offer all who visit.