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    Wilson's Creek

    National Battlefield Missouri


Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Proposes
Entrance Fee Increase

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield seeks input from the public regarding possible fee increases in 2015.

The current park entrance fees have
been in place since 2006. Entrance fees are now $5 per adult, $10 per family or vehicle, and $20 for a 12-month annual park pass.

The proposed fees are $7 per adult, $15 per family and $30 for the annual pass. A new motorcycle entrance fee of $10 is proposed as well. These rates are consistent with the National Park Service’s pricing model for historic sites, including battlefield parks. An entrance permit is valid for seven days.

As part of the fee change proposal, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and Pea Ridge National Military Park, in northwest Arkansas, would accept each other’s adult and vehicle entrance permits.

Included in the proposed changes is a new equestrian fee projected at $4 per horse/day use. The revenue generated by the equestrian fee would be used for trail maintenance. This new fee is identified in the park’s business plan.

Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Inter-Agency Senior, Access or Military Passes. These passes may be obtained at the battlefield visitor center.

“We are committed to keeping the park affordable but we also need to provide visitors with the best possible experience,” said Superintendent Ted Hillmer. “The funds generated from park fees stays at the park and is utilized on projects with a direct visitor benefit.”

Significant examples of projects funded by park fees include:

· New visitor center exhibits scheduled for installation in Spring, 2015

· New outdoor information markers on the Bloody Hill Trail

· Additional cannons to identify artillery positions throughout the battlefield

Additional revenue raised by a fee increase would be utilized for projects to:

· Improve accessibility for the disabled

· Additional outdoor information markers throughout the battlefield

· Develop virtual tours, exhibits, educational videos and other information to be down loaded from the internet, and/or

· Expand educational opportunities for schools

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is a vital economic contributor to the greater Springfield area. In 2013, nearly 160,000 visitors contributed $8.6 million to the local economy and supported 131 jobs related to tourism.

Anyone is encouraged to comment on the proposed increases. Comments can be received by email toWICR_Superintendent@nps.gov, through the Wilson’s Creek Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wilsons-Creek-National-Battlefield/140802912626881, by calling 417-732-2662, and by mail to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, 6424 West Farm Road 182, Republic, Missouri, 65738. All comments are welcomed and will be considered through January 28, 2015.



An effort to design and install new exhibits at the Wilson's Creek National Batltefield Visitor Center is proceeding, according to Superintendent T. John Hillmer, Jr. The exhibit area has been prepared to receive new exhibit cases, including raising and filling the electric map viewing pit, sanding wall surfaces to accept graphic panels and replacing carpet sections.

"We are excited about the progress being made on this project and look forward to having the battlefield museum objects back on display," remarked Supt. Hillmer. Completion of the exhibit project is expected by May 31, 2015.


On the eve of our centennial, the employees of the National Park Service have imagined our second century of public service and charted a path to help us achieve that vision.

A Call to Action offers tangible, concrete ways for us to work together to transform our organization to make sure that we are ready for a future that is, in so many ways, different from our past. It includes bold new ideas and expands on terrific ideas that are already field-tested.

A Call to Action also signals the start of a strategic integration of national parks and National Park Service community-based programs. This will increase our reach and better leverage our resources to invite the American people to learn more about our mission and join us in the stewardship of our nation's most incredible places.

Every park, every program, every employee, and every partner has a role in this Call to Action. For it to succeed, for the National Park Service to succeed, we need your creativity, innovation, and dedication to make these action items real in your park or your program.

In this watershed moment, like no other time in our history, we have an opportunity to reflect on, celebrate, and build on our accomplishments as we prepare to serve for a second century. Please answer the call. For more information, click here.

Director Jon Jarvis


For more information on Missouri 150th events, go to http://mocivilwar150.com.

Marker Dedicated Near Dug Springs Skirmish Site

On October 7, 2008, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources dedicated a new interpretive marker commemorating the August 2, 1861 skirmish at Dug Springs, near Clever, Missouri. Those present for the dedication included Larry Toll, professor of history at Evangel College and member of Phelps Camp, Sons of Union Veterans (Union soldier); Jim Denny, historian, Missouri Department of Natural Resources; Alison Dubbert, historian, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Robert Clanton, member of Phelps Camp, Sons of Union Veterans (Missouri State Guard soldier). The marker is along the Wire Road on the south side of the Clever Middle School.


Dug Springs marker
Ted Roller

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Visitor Center Interpretive Film

The Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation and Wide Awake Films of Kansas City have produced a new 29-minute interpretive film about the August 1861 campaign. The film is currently being shown in the Visitor Center. An extended version is now available for purchase. Photos from the filming may be seen by clicking here.


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