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Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Pappan's Ferry

1842

 
 
Pappan's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 20, 2012
1. Pappan's Ferry Marker
Inscription.

Travelers on the Oregon Trail encountered the first major obstacle of their journey when they reached the Kansas River. In 1842, Joseph and Louis Pappan established a ferry operation across the river. The ferry, at one time, was directly behind the original Ward cabin at the foot of Western Street on the south bank of the river.

The ferry was attached to ropes across the river, which were used to navigate it. The Pappan brothers charged $1 per wagon. Their ferry crossing operation was invaluable and profitable. This is a replica of an early ferry on the Kansas River.
 
Erected by Old Prairie Town.
 
Location. 39° 3.831′ N, 95° 40.987′ W. Marker is in Topeka, Kansas, in Shawnee County. Click for map. Marker is in Old Prairie Town at Historic Ward-Meade Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 NW Fillmore Street, Topeka KS 66606, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 100th Anniversary of the Pauline Depot (a few steps from this marker); The Pauline Depot (a few steps from this marker); Santa Fe Caboose #1552 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lingo Livery Stable
Replica Ferry and Pappan's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 20, 2012
2. Replica Ferry and Pappan's Ferry Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Barber Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Mulvane General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Everest Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Potwin Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Topeka.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Prairie Town at Historic Ward-Meade Park. (Submitted on May 3, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ward-Meade Park, Topeka KS. (Submitted on May 3, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. "Ferries in Kansas" in Kansas Historical Quarterly, by George A. Root (1933). (Submitted on May 3, 2013, 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 340 times since then and 17 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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