Historic Signage

Merriam Historic Plaza features a paved walking path open daily from dawn until dusk. The path offers a brief history lesson about Merriam from pre-settlement to current day. If you’re looking to learn about Merriam’s humble beginnings as a popular rail town or just want to stretch your legs and get some exercise, the walking path at Merriam Historic Plaza is a great choice. Check out the historic signage station summaries below or stop by MHP today to learn as you walk.

Helpful Tips
  • Start at the west end of the property to start the history lesson from the beginning.
  • Pick up the accompanying brochure (found in the literature rack near the front entrance).
Signage Summary (west to east)
  1. The People of the Southwind and the Coming of the Shawnee Indians
  2. Shawnee Friends Mission
  3. The Overland Trails
  4. The Founding of Cambellton
  5. Merriam Park & George Kessler
  6. The Trolley Line & Hocker Grove Amusement Park
  7. Education in Merriam
  8. The South Park Community
  9. Incorporation of Merriam
  10. City of Firsts
  11. Community of Excellence
  12. The Bear Pit
Sign - Hocker Trolley