Weston, Queen of the Platte Purchase, became a significant mid-nineteenth
century Missouri River port community, the second largest port on the
river, second only to St. Louis. In 1850 over 300 steamboats a year docked
at the Port of Weston. The population soared to 5,000, surpassing both
Kansas City and St. Joseph. But after major floods, fires, and the Civil
War the bustling town declined to about 1,000. When you see all that
goes on here, you may be surprised to learn that over a century later,
Weston still has fewer than 2,000 residents.
In 1972, a major portion of the early town was designated an Historic
District and placed on the National Register of Historic Places having
retained a substantial portion of its early residences and commercial
Spend a little time in Historic Weston and you will soon see that
the town offers a wide range of historical experiences, including antebellum
homes, museums, walking tours, and a historic shopping district. Many
of the antique, home furnishing, gift shops and restaurants are located
in buildings built prior to the Civil War.
To read more about our history, museums, historic homes, walking
tours and legends click on your area of interest. Then come make a
little history of your own as you enjoy Historic Weston, Missouri.