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Olathe in Johnson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Fast Food

 
 
Fast Food Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
1. Fast Food Marker
Inscription.
Stagecoaches carrying passengers of the Barlow and Sanderson stagecoach line pulled into the side yard of the house. This outside door led to the cellar of the house where Lucinda Mahaffie, her daughters, and hired help served meals to hungry travelers from 1865 to 1869. Coaches running between Fort Scott and Fort Leavenworth, and betweeen Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe in New Mexico Territory stopped here. In 1866 and 1867, Lucinda and her helpers may have served anywhere from 50 to 100 meals per day.

Stagecoach stops or stations of the western country were not known for plush accomodations or fine dining! Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) described a stop when he wrote of his trip by stagecoach to Nevada in 1861:

In place of a window there was a square hole about large enough for a man to crawl through, but this had no glass in it. There was no flooring, but the ground was packed hard. There was no stove, but a fire-place served all needful purposes. There were no shelves, no cupboards, no closets. In a corner stood an open sack of flour, and nestling against its base were a couple of black and venerable tin coffee-pots, a tin teapot, a little bag of salt, and a side of bacon. By the door of the station keeper's den, outside, was a tin wash-basin, on the ground. Near it was a pail of water and a piece of yellow
Fast Food Marker and Mahaffie Home image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
2. Fast Food Marker and Mahaffie Home
Travelers would enter the open cellar door.
soap...


A station like the Mahaffie home, featuring meals served by someone with real cooking skills, was a cut above what most travelers found as they journeyed further west.
 
Erected by City of Olathe.
 
Location. 38° 53.518′ N, 94° 48.078′ W. Marker is in Olathe, Kansas, in Johnson County. Click for map. Marker is about 15 feet west of the Mahaffie home at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe KS 66061, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. State Your Business... (a few steps from this marker); Stagecoach Drivers (a few steps from this marker); Home Sweet Home (a few steps from this marker); Rest for the Weary (within shouting distance of this marker); Up In Smoke (within shouting distance of this marker); Pit Stop (within shouting distance of this marker); A Survivor (within shouting distance of this marker); Workin' For a Living (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Olathe.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Santa Fe National Historic Trail
Traveler Dining Area in Mahaffie House Basement image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
3. Traveler Dining Area in Mahaffie House Basement
. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Barlow & Sanderson Stagecoach. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Barlow & Sanderson. (Submitted on August 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 656 times since then. Last updated on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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