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

State Your Business...

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
1. State Your Business... Marker
Inscription.
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!

Do
State Your Business... Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
2. State Your Business... Marker
Looking northwest toward outbuildings.
not forget the social party to be given this evening at J.B. Mahaffie's. A good time is expected by all, and we have not the slightest doubt but the anticipations will be fully realized.

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 Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
State Your Business... Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
3. State Your Business... Marker
Mahaffie Home to right.

2. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (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 558 times since then and 15 times this year. 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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