Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

City of Springfield

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will be the site of a rescheduled Arts in the Park Concert Series performance tomorrow night (7/1).  Wings of Swing will take the stage at 7 outside the visitor center.  Take blankets or lawn chairs.  Admission is free.   And admission will be charged for another event at Wilson’s Creek tomorrow.  Artillery demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tour Stop 5 on the Tour Road. 

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.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Hours could soon change at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.  Proposed adjustments include changing the time the tour road closes in spring to 7 p.m. on March 15 and to 8 p.m. on May 15 for the summer.  Fall hours would be reduced on August 15 to 7 p.m. and winter hours—with the road closing at 5 p.m.--would take effect October 15. 

Winter visitor center hours would be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year.  The tour road is open for non-vehicle use at 7 a.m. daily.

Michele Skalicky

The site of the first major Civil War battle west of the Mississippi was the site today of a ceremony welcoming 56 new citizens of the United States.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky was there and has this story.

On the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield hosted a naturalization ceremony on the lawn in front of the visitor center.

Ted Hillmer is superintendent of the park.  After sharing some facts about the battle, he explained to the crowd why the battlefield was the perfect site for the ceremony.

Benton Greene / Flickr

Some unusual-looking vehicles will be traveling into the Springfield area this week.  They’re part of the American Solar Challenge.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more on the race and how you can see the cars and meet the teams that made them.