Built in 1910 as the county poor farm, $19,491.00 was spent to create this 3-story building with a total of 54 rooms. It's unique design in the shape of a "Y", earned it a place on the National Register of Historical Places. In 1973 this building became the Ray County Museum sponsored by the Ray County Historical Society. The displays are varied and of great local interest. Rooms preserve Ray County's rich heritage and particular historical events, some of which are the Civil War, World War I and II, native American artifacts, the Pettus Parlor, coal mining, country kitchen, DAR, quilts, one room schools, costumes, doctors, wildlife, and the Mormon History Room funded by the Church. A extensive genealogical library is located here. It's one of the top county museums in Missouri and is open year round.
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