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In 1870 Warrensburg, Missouri, George Graham Vest represented a farmer suing for damages after his dog, Old Drum, had been shot and killed. Vest’s closing speech included this quote, “The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.”
In 1958, a statue of Old Drum was erected on the Johnson County Courthouse lawn containing a summation of Vest’s closing speech, “A man’s best friend is his dog.”
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Public can listen to plan to erect public plaza
JACK “MILES” VENTIMIGLIA Editor | Saturday, April 2, 2016
The southern half of Maynard Street, based on one design idea, would extend Warrensburg’s reputation for being home to man’s best friend by featuring famous dogs from around the world. Each trellis, like the one depicted here, would be named for a famous dog, with a dog silhouette in bronze and a plaque describing the fame each dog achieved.
Warrensburg – The community has a chance to hear more about the proposed downtown plaza that could increase the city’s reputation as being home to man’s best friend.
“Everybody is invited to attend the meeting,” Warrensburg Main Street Director Julie Turnipseed said. “There will be open questions and answers after the presenters are finished.”
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Warrensburg Municipal Center, 200 S. Holden St., across from City Hall.
Three experts associated with the potential development will attend, she said.
Landscape architect Russell Volmert from Acturis, a St. Louis architecture and planning firm, will discuss plans for creating a plaza on the west side of the former courthouse on North Holden Street.
“It is not ‘the’ plan, but ‘a’ plan,” Turnipseed said.
The Missouri Development Finance Board’s Kim Martin will talk about the Tax Credit for Contributions Program.
The general manager for Chillicothe Comfort Inn and Suites, who also is that city’s chamber director, Chrystal Narr, will talk about a plaza development in Chillicothe.
“She is the person who implemented the Silver Moon Plaza,” Turnipseed said
Silver Moon Plaza became a centerpiece for downtown Chillicothe.
“It is very similar to the project that we will be doing with Old Drum Plaza,” Turnipseed said.
The Warrensburg plaza has been in discussion for more than a year and feedback is positive, she said.
“We have people asking about it, wanting to know what the status is,” Turnipseed said. “I feel strongly that this will come to fruition; that this project will become a reality.”
The community would benefit from the plaza, she said.
“This will be a great gathering place for our community for a lot of different things – if you just want to come and have your lunch, or if you want to have a community gathering, our farmers market, our Burg Fest, concert series… There are so many events that could use this space,” Turnipseed said.
The plaza would face Maynard Street on the west side of the square.
During last year’s design charrette, Volmert showed photos and presented ideas on what other communities have done to create a downtown, community meeting spot.
Volmert has more than 25 years of experience in the planning and design of public spaces, including streets, plazas and parks. He has worked on downtown projects in such cities as Chillicothe, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau and Sikeston.
Volmert in June presented slides with artist renderings of how the west side of Warrensburg’s square could look. The idea, subject to change, called for keeping some parking spaces next to the county building, but removing about 11 spaces. The freed space could be used for trellises, a small fountain and images telling the stories of famous dogs to complement the story of Old Drum.
Other dogs that could be featured include Balto, which led a sled team through whiteout conditions to deliver life-saving serum to combat a diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska; Sgt. Stubby, the Army’s most-decorated dog, which saved lives by warning of gas attacks in World War I, found wounded men, captured an enemy soldier and visited with President Woodrow Wilson; and Rin Tin Tin, a dog found on a World War II battlefield and became a Hollywood star.