On behalf of the Clay County Archives and Historical Library’s Board of Directors, I would like to express our strong support for the proposed François Chouteau and Native American Heritage Fountain.
Our County, along with Kansas City, has a rich history in the early development of this frontier area. We feel it is very important to recognize and honor those who have made significant contributions to its evolution. Part of our goal is to help preserve and encourage public interest in our local history. We have archived much of the early history of Native Americans and French Fur Traders in our historic library.
This fountain promises to further our goals by honoring Native Americans who lived in the area and recognizing one of the founding fathers of Kansas City who established a fur trading post on the Randolph Bluffs in Clay County.
We look forward to having a bigger-than-life-sized historical monument/fountain near the location of the first Chouteau Fur Trading Post and preserving the past for the present.Stuart Elliott
Clay County Archives and Historical Library
February 25, 2015