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

Pit Stop

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
1. Pit Stop Marker
Inscription.
Why does a race car driver pull into the pits, or a truck driver leave the highway to visit a truck stop? The Mahaffie stagecoach stop offered similar services.

Need repairs or new tires? The federal census for 1865 lists a "R. Vickard" - occupation, blacksmith, living in the Mahaffie household. Not every farm had its own blacksmith shop, but the Mahaffie operation did because it was a stagecoach stop and travelers' way station. If your coach or wagon needs repairs, or your horses or oxen need their shoes tightened or replaced, Mr. Vickard can help you.

Need gas? Not in a stagecoach. But the horses are changed out for fresh animals.

Need something to eat? Lucinda serves fine meals in the cellar of the house. Better hurry.

Need a, well, a "comfort break?" No problem. The outhouse is the little white building off to your right, in a corner of the back yard. Please hurry - the coach will pull out in a few more minutes.

The site's blacksmith shop is a reproduction, built several years ago. It is not a precise replica of an original building. Instead, it serves as a working shop in which to demonstrate the tasks of the blacksmith. The location of the original Mahaffie shop has yet to be determined through archaeological excavation.
 
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Pit Stop Marker and Blacksmith Shop image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
2. Pit Stop Marker and Blacksmith Shop
of Olathe.
 
Location. 38° 53.533′ N, 94° 48.09′ W. Marker is in Olathe, Kansas, in Johnson County. Click for map. Marker is about 125 feet northwest 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. A Survivor (a few steps from this marker); Up In Smoke (a few steps from this marker); Not So Little A Farm On the Prairie... (within shouting distance of this marker); Stagecoach Drivers (within shouting distance of this marker); Workin' For a Living (within shouting distance of this marker); State Your Business... (within shouting distance of this marker); Fast Food (within shouting distance of this marker); There's No Roost Like Home (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 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Cambria Iron Blacksmith Shop - For Large Scale Operations. (Submitted on August 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Archaeology of Blacksmith Shops. (Submitted on August 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Appalachian Blacksmiths Association.
Mahaffie Blacksmith Shop image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
3. Mahaffie Blacksmith Shop
(Submitted on August 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Mahaffie Blacksmith Shop image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
4. Mahaffie Blacksmith Shop
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
5. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 676 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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