Olathe in Johnson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
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Friends or business associates coming to call on the Mahaffie family used the front door of the house. Stagecoach passengers and other travelers used the side door to reach the dining hall in the cellar, and had no need to enter the private, family areas of the house.
Most stagecoach travelers took meals only at the Mahaffie home - travelers' accounts seem to indicate that a stop near Paola, Kansas was more often used for overnight lodging.
All manner of travelers - not just stagecoach passengers - stopped here. Family stories also describe wagon trains camping several hundred yards west of the house, near a "draw" that is now drained by a culvert under Kansas City road. It is not unusual to find references to camping near inns and taverns in travelers' accounts. The chance to hear the latest news, get a meal of fresh food, and even the opportunity to sleep on a bed roll on the floor under a real roof, would be enticing to weary trail travelers.
This brief newspaper entry may be a clue that the Mahaffie home was a social center like many inns and taverns, rather than just a meal stop for stagecoaches. The party might have been a celebration of finishing the home late in 1865, or held to commemorate George Washington's birthday (a popular nineteenth century holiday.) Perhaps it was a little of both!
Olathe Mirror - February 22, 1866
Erected by City of Olathe.
Location. 38° 53.517′ N, 94° 48.083′ W. Marker is in Olathe, Kansas, in Johnson County. Click for map. Marker is about 50 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. Stagecoach Drivers (here, next to this marker); Fast Food (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); A Survivor (within shouting distance of this marker); Workin' For a Living (within shouting distance of this marker); Pit Stop (within shouting distance of this marker); Not So Little A Farm On the Prairie... (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 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on August 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 532 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.