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Santa fe Trail
Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
1851-1872 (Bulk 1856-1...
A Church Bazaar Recalls Pioneer Times Here
Article about the contribution to the early growth of the Kansas City area by the town of New Santa Fe located at present-day 125th and State Line Roads. Mentions wagon trains to the Southwest and the...
A Memorial and Biographical Record of Kansas City and Jackson County, Mo.
Biographical sketch of Joel Wells, a farmer born in Jackson County, Missouri in 1855 and moving to Johnson County, Kansas in 1882. Description of his father, John Wells (1826-1893), a Santa Fe freighter...
An Incident on the Upper Arkansas in 1864
This article was written for the Kansas State Historical Society by Col. Milton Moore of Kansas City, Missouri. Tale of a wagon train and Indian attack in western Kansas close to Fort Dodge. Includes a...
Annals of the City of Kansas: Embracing Full Details of the Trade and Commerce of the Great Western Plains
Thorough description of the caravans of covered wagons passing through Kansas City's Grand Avenue, for trade with Santa Fe, New Mexico, "which consisted last year of over nine thousand wagons."
Biography of Alexander Majors (1914-1900), Pony Express Founder
Biography of Charles E. Kearney (1820-1898), Outfitter
Biography of Jim Bridger (1804-1881), Frontiersman
City to Protect Wagon Swales
June 23, 2006
Brief article reporting the historic designation of an area near U.S. 50 and Buckner-Tarsney Road in Lone Jack. The land in the area once belonged to the Russell, Majors & Waddell Freighting Company, and...
Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe? Freighting on the Sante Fe Trail, 1821-1846
Second in a series of articles examining the evolution of freighting on the Santa Fe Trail over four time periods: 1821-1846, 1846-1848, 1848-1866, and 1866-1880. This installment examines the types of...
Dr. J. W. Parker Account Books Finding Aid
1851-1872 (bulk 1856-1872)
Dr. J. W. Parker was called John as well as James and settled in Westport, Missouri, in 1851 where he practiced medicine among the white settlers and the Shawnee, Wyandotte, and Delaware Indians. During...
Ex-Slave Was a Success in Early Independence
February 23, 1986
Biographical article with photo about Hiram Young (1815-1882), a wagon-maker and ex-slave in 19th century Independence, Missouri. Young is described as "one of the richest men in Jackson County" by 1860...
Experiences of Lewis Bissell Dougherty On the Oregon Trail
April 1, 1930
Lewis Dougherty, one of four children of John Dougherty, at age 78 recounts his mid 19th century adventures going west along the trail to Oregon. He recounts the wagon trains, Indian encounters, buffalo...
Following Mountain Man Jim Bridger
The author traces Jim Bridger's trail beginning in Billings, Montana. Bridger is considered "the most famous mountain man" next to Kit Carson. As a fur trader, Bridger trapped throughout the northern Rocky...
Fort Larned, Kansas
Photos, map, illustrations, and information on Fort Larned, Kansas, a military fort built in the late 1860s "to guard wagon trains on the Santa Fe trail" in the western part of the state.
Grand Avenue, North from 20th Street
Postcard of Grand Avenue, North from 20th Street
Jim Bridger Collection Finding Aid
This one box, 16 folder collection includes photographs, photocopied correspondence, newspaper clippings, and charts. The 24 photographs in this collection are primarily of Bridger relatives including...
Jim Bridger Monument
Postcard of the Jim Bridger Monument
John R. Kerr: An Old Plainsmen
Biographical article about John Roland Kerr (1834-1929), a Santa Fe Trail guide and member of the Old Plainsmen Association. Kerr settled in Independence, Missouri, in 1856 and served under General Sterling...
Mark City's Oldest Building
News about the placement of a "plaque marking a structure at 500 Westport road as the oldest building in Kansas City," known as Boone's Trading Post or Kelly's Tavern, said to be "built in 1837 by Joseph...
Mayor John Moore
Photos and information on John Moore (1840-1917), Kansas City's 25th mayor in 1885. Description of his life and career as a native of Tennessee coming to Kansas City at the age of 18 "as freighter on wagon...
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