Ted Hillmer

Preserving Wilson’s Creek; 155 Years and Counting

May 23, 2017
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Since Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield opened to the public in 1960, the staff there have made preserving its land a top priority.

Summer touring hours are now in operation at the park, which is open daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

“We are probably one of the best preserved parks in the United States,” says Park Superintendent Ted Hillmer.

The Battlefield, Hillmer notes, has been maintained to appear the same as it did over 155 years ago. He says during that time, citizens planted 18 trees per acre, which is what you see at the Battlefield today.

(Randy Stewart)

Situated on some 2000 acres in southwestern Greene County, just outside the city limits of Republic, is the site of one of the most important early battles of the Civil War: the Battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861. It was, in fact, the first important Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi, in the so-called "Trans-Mississippi Theater" of operations.  On this Sense of Community program we're visiting the National Park Service site at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.