Leavenworth in Leavenworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Leavenworth Landing Park
Created to reclaim this historic riverfront for the citizens of Leavenworth and to recall its prominent role in the development of the American West.
When Leavenworth was established in 1854 it was already an important hub on the Santa Fe, Military, and Oregon Trails. Used as a base for military operations, Fort Leavenworth, founded in 1827, gave the City of Leavenworth the advantage of an established landing for steamboats on the Missouri River, and a reputation as a transporation and trade center in Kansas Territory. Thus, from its inception, Leavenworth was a bustling town, outfitting traders for the trip to Santa Fe or helping along immigrants to a better life in the West.
In 1866 the first railroad entered the city and since that time Leavenworth has been served by The Missouri Pacific, The Kansas Central, The Kansas City, Wyandotte and Northwestern, The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, The Chicago Rock Island and Pacific, and The Union Pacific. Serving as an industrial center Leavenworth continuously grew.
As the First City of Kansas, Leavenworth was at the heart of the transportation revolution. From Boat to Wagon to Railroad, Leavenworth led the way in opening the vast resources of the West.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway marker series.
Location. 39° 19.077′ N, 94° 54.508′ W. Marker is in Leavenworth, Kansas, in Leavenworth County. Click for map. Marker is in Leavenworth Landing Park, about 200 feet east of the intersection of Esplanade and Cherokee Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Leavenworth KS 66048, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Port of Leavenworth (a few steps from this marker); First Meeting of the Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Sisters of Charity (within shouting distance of this marker); Riverfront Community Center (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leavenworth's Union Depot (about 400 feet away); Law Offices of Sherman, Ewing, and McCook (about 500 feet away); General William Tecumseh Sherman (about 500 feet away); The Great Railroad Era (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Leavenworth.
Also see . . .
1. Leavenworth Landing Park. (Submitted on May 3, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Leavenworth County KS Bibliography. (Submitted on May 3, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.