Stylized Sunflower

Gateway to Kansas

Stylized Sunflower

 
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 them:
 
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
 
Wyandotte County  
Kansas City
Minnesota Street, between 5th and 4th, north side
Wyandotte County
 

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Marker text sent by Robert Walter, Pittsburg, KS


June 24, 2001 / Bob Walter / Wichita, Kansas / history@kslib.info

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