Pilot Knob, Missouri
Upcoming Events in Pilot Knob Missouri
Fireworks at the Fort
- The annual "Fireworks at the Fort" Fourth of July celebration at the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site in Pilot Knob promises a day filled with "activities, food and fun all day long," culminating with a large fireworks show at 9 p.m. made even more dramatic by the explosive sounds echoing throughout the Arcadia Valley.
Other "Fireworks at the Fort" activities will include bounce houses and a waterslide, both opening at 11 a.m.; food and crafts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; a beer and wine garden provided by Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and music by Medallion from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Address: 118 East Maple, Fort Davidson State Historic Site , Pilot Knob, Missouri
Fireworks at the Fort Car and Bike Show
- Activities scheduled throughout the day during Fireworks at the Fort include a car show with registration from 8 a.m. to noon with awards presented at 3 p.m. The registration fee is $15.
The show will offer 31 entry classes in the following divisions: stock car, custom car, street rods, rat rods, stock trucks, Corvettes, Mustangs, custom trucks, pro street, motorcycles and special interest. There will be special awards, dash plaques to the first 100 registrants and attendance prizes.
Address: 118 East Maple,Fort Davidson State Historic Site , Pilot Knob, Missouri
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The Battle of Pilot Knob - 2017
- The Battle of Pilot Knob took place at The Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site (formerly Fort Davidson State Historic Site) and the surrounding area on September 26-27, 1864. By nightfall on the 27th, over 1,000 Confederate and about 100 Union soldiers laid dead or wounded on the fields of battle. The battle saved Jefferson City from attack, preventing the Confederates from retaking Missouri's government. In the month that followed many soldiers were buried in the rifle pit of the fort and in unmarked graves in hills surrounding it.
During the battle, Lt. David Murphy screamed from atop the parapets, "There was never a prettier place to die than right here!" But now, scrap yards, stores, more development, and water towers threaten the battlefield and surrounding scenery.
In 2014, the Re-enactment of the Battle of Pilot Knob took place during the sesquicentennial of the civil war. The Friends of Fort Davidson are also instrumental in bringing the re-enactment to life every three years as a tribute and memorial to those who fought and died in this bloody battle.