Gateway to Kansas
This Gateway to Kansas --
Where the Kaw river joins the mighty Missouri in its sweep eastward, has
witnessed many events of historical significance to this area, among
1804. Lewis and Clark, on their epic exploring trip assaying the new Louisiana Purchase, camped 3 days 4 blocks east.
1809. Louis Bartholet built a cabin 3 blocks south - first white settler.
1843. The Wyandotte Indians came from Ohio and purchased land from the Delaware tribe. The Wyandottes established a ferry on the Kaw 3 blocks east; their council house, school, and jail 1 block northeast; and Huron Indian cemetery 2 blocks west.
1855. First court house and postoffice 3 blocks northeast.
1859. Wyandotte Constitutional Convention drafted the Kansas State Constitution in session at Lipman's Hall, 5 blocks northeast.
Approved by Kansas State Historical Society 1965
Marker text sent by Robert Walter, Pittsburg, KS