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Dearborn, MO


Added to OHD on 10/14/20   -   Last OHD Update: 4/21/23

21995 Oil Well Rd, Dearborn, MO 64439

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  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1152 Sq Ft
  • 12.41 Ac.
Investor's dream! Large home tucked behind the trees on a little over 12 acres with a pond! Property houses multiple outbuildings. Minutes from the Dearborn city park, North Platte schools, and I-29. Hunting, fishing, and so much more right in your own back yard!
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Michelle Cook, ReeceNichols :: 816-468-8555

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Reply to  Kelly, OHD | 14944 comments
2 years ago

The population of Platte County, MO, (including Dearborn) was 8,913 in 1820, due to its prime location on the Missouri River. I wonder if a home like this could have started as a prominent settler’s two-story log home and in time progressed into an Italiate. Just musings.

Here’s the history from Wiki:
When Missouri entered the union in 1821, the western border of Missouri from Arkansas to Iowa was based on the confluence of the Kansas River and Missouri River in the West Bottoms in Kansas City. Land in what is now the northwest Missouri was deeded to the Ioway, Sac and Fox tribes.

However, settlers (most notably Joseph Robidoux in St. Joseph, Missouri) began encroaching on the land. Further settlers in northern Missouri were upset about being cut off from the Missouri.

Excerpt from the Lewis and Clark map of 1814 shows the river identified as the “Little River Platte.”

In 1836, William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) persuaded the tribes to sell their lands in northwest Missouri. The deal known as the Platte Purchase was named for the river was ratified in 1837 and the tribes were paid $7,500 for an area about the combined size of Delaware and Rhode Island. The land was then annexed to Missouri.

In 1838 settlers used the river (and the Nodaway River) to reach the heart of the newly available land.

2 years ago

Wish they would’ve gone ahead with pics inside. Lord she needs some love & care but looks worth it! The area is really pretty & 12 acres is a nice deal! Could be a super charming country home, I hope the right owner comes along, please don’t tear her down!

2 years ago

Missouri was settled long before 1821 when incorporated as a state. St. Genavieve is a good example and older than St Louis.

Reply to  Kelly, OHD | 14944 comments
2 years ago

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Did you check out the brackets tucked under the jerkinhead gables and the eave returns in this image, like the roof and Italianate brackets were created together. So if the roof line is original, I’d be tempted to say the Italianate style is original to the house. That tiny window also suggests Italianate.

Really makes you wonder about the inside, too!

Reply to  Kelly, OHD | 14944 comments
2 years ago

True. Time period and those five upper windows over the four bottoms with a central entry is Federal.

Reply to  Sharon | 1033 comments
2 years ago

Truly is an enigma here. I wish I could see the brackets under the gables because I can’t tell if the style was updated in the 1860s, 1870s with those styled brackets or if they are earlier designs. I’ll look later when I have a bigger screen. I agree too that it would great to see inside and see what is left to work with.

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Reply to  Sharon | 1033 comments
2 years ago

This house is truly fascinating and I would love to poke through the whole thing… especially the attic and basement! My gut feeling is that this house began as a vernacular interpretation of the Federal style (or possibly even the more fashionable Greek Revival) sometime around 1840 (+/-). A big clue is in the massive stones used on part of the foundation. Smaller stones were used under the entry area which would have been covered by a porch originally.

Many Federal and Greek Revival style houses in western Missouri have a door in the center of the second story, just above the main entry, which would have led to a porch over the entry porch. The wider center window here suggests that this opening may have once been such a door.

I think it likely that the roof may have been “updated” c. 1860. Eaves appear to have been extended to allow for fashionable Italianate brackets. The awkward jerkinhead gables may have been an effort to disguise the pitched roof and make it appear more hipped (as was typical of Italiantes). This was likely done when the overhangs were created and is why the “clipped” portion is so small… it does not impact the original roof but only the newly tacked-on portion.

The bay window appears to date to these alterations as well. The windows sashes were probably originally 6-over-6. The original front door was probably the width of the window above it. It likely had a transom, but not sidelights. The current door and sidelights look like the 1920’s. The original transom over the door would have brought the entry height up to the height of the windows; the current entry is too short. It’s a very intriguing house, regardless of the actual evolution!

2 years ago

St. Genevieve is really nice – great place to visit. The interesting thing about the midwest is that the Mississippi valley was settled earlier than the Chicago area was, so there are older towns out that way (like around the St. Louis area for example).

Reply to  ChicagoCooperator | 404 comments
2 years ago

This home is on the western, not eastern, side of the state — in the area of the Missouri River and Platte River. Population growth here was behind that of eastern Missouri. St. Genevieve County on the Mississippi was established sometime between 1735 and 1750, some 70 years before Platte County in northeast Missouri. Yes, Genevieve is beautiful.

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1 year ago

I have a friend that asked me to look into this property. She says it is rumored that Jesse James and his outlaw buddies stayed at this location on a pretty regular basis. Looks like a good hideout area with all the timber around. I don’t know much about styles of buildings etc, but if I or my friend get to view the place I will take photos or ask her to take some if I am not there. 1820 does seem a little early regarding when it was built, but I guess it’s possible. This location is directly between Kansas City, MO and St. Joseph, MO.

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