Old Home home getting new protection from clogged gutters.

Gutter Cover Kansas City® is providing a civil war era home with the best gutter protection from rainwater in the 158 year history of the house.


There is more local history around the Kansas City area then one might think. This was a home that we had the privilege of installing gutter protection on. Looking at it, you might think what a beautiful, older home. It has definitely been well taken care of for a circa 1860’s home. However what you might not know about this home, might surprise you. It’s not often you come across a home that survived the Civil War. As the story goes, during the war many homes were deliberately burned down in this area. Since the Kansas City area was, “Situated between pro and anti-slavery forces, the Kansas City area was ground zero for the Civil War in the West. Many of those battles took place as early as the 1850’s…”, stated  Visit Kansas City.

Fortunately, this home happened to survive and is now thriving beautifully.

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In addition, Rob Dodson is the estimator who helped provide the homeowners with the best protection from rain water the home has seen in 158 years. As a history major from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, Rob enjoyed learning about the history of this home and shared with them a special edition Civil War history book. As a result, it has helped them to learn more about their Civil War era home.

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Following is some historical information about General Order No. 11 (1863) that brought so much destruction on four Missouri counties:

Date Issued: August 25, 1863

Locations Affected: Jackson, Cass, Bates, and northern Vernon counties, excluding non-rural areas

Persons Affected: All citizens who could not prove their loyalty to the Union

Issued by: Brig. Gen. Thomas Ewing Jr., commander of the District of the Border

Result: Much of northwestern Missouri emptied of its population; property confiscated; becomes known as the “Burnt District”

“Neely, Jeremy. “General Order No. 11” Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1854-1865. The Kansas City Public Library. Accessed May, 31, 2018 at http://www.civilwaronthewesternborder.org/encyclopedia/general-order-no-11

Furthermore, According to Wikipedia, “Animals and farm property were stolen or destroyed; houses, barns and outbuildings were burned to the ground. Some civilians were even summarily executed—a few as old as seventy years of age. Ewing’s four counties became a devastated “no man’s land,” with only charred chimneys and burnt stubble showing where homes and thriving communities had once stood, earning the sobriquet “The Burnt District.” There are very few remaining antebellum homes in this area due to the Order.”

Hope you enjoyed seeing and learning about a piece of history as much as we have!