The 1827 Bingham-Waggoner Estate
One of Missouri’s Most Historic Properties
Welcome to the infamous Bingham-Waggoner Mansion in the historic city of Independence, Missouri. Once home to one of the greatest American painters of the 19th century and prominent Missouri politician, George Caleb Bingham (“the Missouri Artist”), the mansion may well still be home to the talented man’s spirit.
Plotted in 1827 on the superhighway west called the Santa Fe Trail, The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is today one of the most significant historical sites in western Missouri, because of the key role it played in the history of the state and the many colorful characters, owners, and residents of this now legendary mansion. The most famous is the artist and politician George Caleb Bingham, who purchased the property in 1864, expanding the impressive grounds to nearly 20 acres.
Bingham’s works, including beautiful and lively scenes of the Missouri river, appear in many major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Nelson-Atkin Museum, the St Louis Museum of Art and The National Gallery of Art. The Bingham Waggoner mansion still has his original work of Dr. Lykens hanging in the music room. Bingham also painted a Civil War scene called “The Martial Law,” whilst living in the house which became one of his most famous, most discussed, political works.