About Downtown Belton Main Street, Inc.
The mission of Downtown Belton Main Street Inc. is to provide educational and charitable resources in order to promote and strengthen a diverse central business district and preserve its historic character in Belton, Missouri.
DOWNTOWN BELTON, MO:
On the land now bustling with new commercial and residential development, tall prairie grasses once grew. Settlers from states such as Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio came and staked claims to virgin land and established farms and ranches. Here too, the Bushwhackers of Missouri and the Jayhawks of Kansas engaged in ruthless border warfare. During the Civil War, Union Army soldiers burned, pillaged, and ransacked the homes and land in the counties adjacent to the Missouri-Kansas border following General Thomas Ewing's infamous Order #11 in 1863.
In this historic area is the city of Belton, Missouri, located just 17 miles south of Kansas City. The railroads played an important part of its development and the town was laid out in 1871 by George Washington Scott and William H. Colbern. Scott, a former Confederate officer, made his home here and is considered the "Father of Belton."
Currently home to over 50 locally-owned businesses, Downtown Belton continues to grow through the support of our community, the addition of new, unique businesses and the Shop Small movement.
Downtown Belton Main Street Inc. would like to thank everyone who continues to support our community. Our fantastic sponsors, customers, local business owners, and community members have all helped us to maintain the charm of a historic main street while also allowing us to bring Main Street into the modern era. Again, we thank all of you for your time, donations, and patronage.