Pioneers who settled here before the Civil War were forced from their homes in 1863 by Order No. 11. They returned to burned and ravaged homes and lands but the stalwart Missourians were determined to rebuild. With the coming of the railroad, Lee’s Summit became a major railhead for shipping livestock and crops. From 1865 to 1914, there were constantly “New Beginnings,” with electricity, cars, telephones, indoor plumbing, etc.