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Baxter Springs in Cherokee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Opperman Harness and Saddle Shop

Baxter Springs Historic Walking Tour

 
 
Opperman Harness and Saddle Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
1. Opperman Harness and Saddle Shop Marker
Inscription.
J. P. Opperman, a native of France, came to Baxter Springs in 1871 and established the Opperman Harness and Saddle Shop located on this site. The building is still here, but lies beneath the present facade. Opperman's was one of the most successful businesses in Baxter Springs. This block of buildings was referred to as "Willard's Old Stand" throughout the 19th century.

J. P. Opperman served as mayor of Baxter Springs from 1883 to 1890. Upon retirement, Opperman turned the business over to his son, Charles Opperman, who ran the shop until it closed in 1924, bringing to an end one of the last vestiges of the original cowtown.
 
Erected by Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum.
 
Location. 37° 1.498′ N, 94° 44.108′ W. Marker is in Baxter Springs, Kansas, in Cherokee County. Marker is on Military Avenue (U.S. 69) near 11th Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1036 Military Avenue, Baxter Springs KS 66713, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Illinois Cash Store (a few steps from this marker); Murder of C. M. Taylor (a few steps from this marker); Chicago Drug Store
Former Opperman Harness and Saddle Shop & Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
2. Former Opperman Harness and Saddle Shop & Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Drovers' and Farmers' Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Polster Dry Goods Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Indiana House (within shouting distance of this marker); Crowell Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Café on the Route (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Baxter Springs.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Baxter Springs. (Submitted on November 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum. (Submitted on November 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 646 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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