Museum gets OK to post highway signs

Missouri Parks, a division of the State Department of Natural Resources, has discussed placing historical marker boards similar to these to tell people about the Battle of Albany. The battle, an ambush north of present-day Orrick, resulted in the death of noted guerilla ‘Bloody Bill’ Anderson in 1864. It has often been overlooked by Civil War historians, but reenactors hope to change that by staging battle re-creations there to mark the battle’s 150th anniversary. (Submitted photos)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Ray County Historical Society will soon take its museum on the road – not literally, of course, but in the form of directional signs on roads leading into Richmond.

Located in the former County Poor Farm, the museum is among the best-kept historical resources in the area. It consists of multiple theme rooms on three levels, each devoted to a different period or topic.

The museum has attracted genealogists, local history buffs and relatives of former Ray County residents. But its location off the beaten path at the fairgrounds has generally kept it from drawing the same kind of interest in other parts of the metro area.

Museum manager Linda Emley says the historical society hopes to change that with new signs on high-traffic roads.

“The historical society has received permission from MoDOT (Missouri Department of Transportation) to place signs on Missouri state highways to help visitors coming to Ray County visit our museum,” Emley said. “We have been working on this process since 2009 and will be erecting the signs in the next few months.”

Emley said one sign would be on Highway 13, north of Richmond on land owned by Dowell Carter. Another would be located on Wollard Boulevard on Ray County Memorial Hospital property. A third is slated for installation west of Richmond on Highway 210, on land belonging to Harold Barchers.

“We are still working on a location east of Richmond,” Emley said.


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