Baldknobbers Hanging

Baldknobbers Hanging (HM14PB)

Location: Ozark, MO 65721 Christian County
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N 37° 1.212', W 93° 12.331'

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On this approximate spot on May 10, 1889 three members of the Baldknobbers were hanged for murder.

The name came from the Bald Knob hilltops on which the Taney County group met.

After the Civil War justice on the area was minimal. In the beginning the Baldknobbers were a group of men dedicated to bring law and order back to the area. While starting out to punish criminals, they evenutally harmed innocent people, culminating on the deaths of two members of the Edens and Greene families in Oldfield.

After extensive trials, four Baldknobbers were sentenced to death. Before the hanging one member escaped jail and was never recaptured.

It was expected that the Governor would commute the sentences of the remaining three. This did not happen and the executions were carried out. This ended the reign of Baldknobber justice in the Ozarks.

"This marker is not to commemorate the violent acts resulting in many deaths, including those hanged here. It has been erected so that we will remember what happened, so it does not happen again. We would like to forget this part of our past, but must not."
HM NumberHM14PB
Year Placed2009
Placed ByChristian County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 481718 N 4097132
Decimal Degrees37.02020000, -93.20551667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 1.212', W 93° 12.331'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 1' 12.72" N, 93° 12' 19.86" W
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Area Code(s)417, 314
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 117 N 2nd St, Ozark MO 65721, US
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