Near Bonner Springs in Wyandotte County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Kansas City, Kansas
In June, 1804, Lewis and Clark, exploring the Louisiana Purchase, camped where the Kansas river empties into the Missouri. Forty years later the Wyandot Indians were moved here from Ohio. Their tribal burial ground, Huron cemetery, may still be seen in the heart of the city. The town of Wyandotte was laid out on the Indian village site in 1857. Here the Constitution under which Kansas entered the Union was framed in 1859. Thriving river traffic soon made Wyandotte an important gateway to Kansas. From here the Union Pacific in 1863 started building west across Kansas.
Also within present Kansas City was Quindaro, a rival of Wyandotte, founded in 1856 by Free-State men. In the south part of town is the site of the village of "The Prophet," a Shawnee who led the Indian forces at the battle of Tippecanoe. Wyandotte and other towns were merged into Kansas City, Kansas, in 1886.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission.
Location. 39° 6.437′ N, 94° 52.084′ W. Marker is near Bonner Springs, Kansas, in Wyandotte County. Click for map. Marker is at the Wyandotte County Museum, in Wyandotte County Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 631 North 126th Street, Bonner Springs KS 66012, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Kansas Indian Reservations (here, next to this marker); The Ethnic Communities of Wyandotte County Sesquicentennial (a few steps from this marker); Bomber Builders (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Farmers Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bonner Springs Veterans' Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Centennial Park Caboose (approx. 3.6 miles away); Edwardsville Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); Moses Grinter (approx. 6.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bonner Springs.
More about this marker. The marker has been moved from its original location and, as of April 2011, was in the outdoor storage area of the museum. Plans call for the marker to be erected on the museum grounds.
Also see . . .
1. Morgan's History of Wyandotte County, Kansas (1911). (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Wyandotte County Museum. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. About Kansas City, Kansas. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Kansas City, Kansas. (Submitted on August 21, 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 358 times since then. 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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