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

Not So Little A Farm On the Prairie...

 
 
Not So Little A Farm On the Prairie... Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
1. Not So Little A Farm On the Prairie... Marker
Inscription.  
The agricultural censuses for 1860, 1865, and 1870 make it clear that J.B. Mahaffie had one of the most valuable farming operations in the township.

In 1865, J.B. owned 570 acres of land, with 240 of them enclosed by fence. The total cash value of the farm is given as $6000, and the value of farm machinery at $435. Only one other farm in Olathe Township lists the same total cash value, and only one other farm has a slightly higher value for farm machinery at $500. Most of the more affluent farms list a total cash value of $2000 to $3000.

In 1865, the Mahaffie farm was home to:
• 10 horses
• 4 mules
• 20 milk cows
• 8 working cattle (oxen)
• 40 other cattle (beef cattle and/or breeding stock)
• 30 sheep (for wool more than meat)
• 14 hogs

The farm produced in the year ending May 1, 1865:
• 300 bushels wheat
• 2000 bushels corn
• 300 bushels oats
• 50 tons hay
• 100 bushels potatoes
• 600 pounds butter
 
Erected by City of Olathe.
 
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Not So Little A Farm On the Prairie... Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
2. Not So Little A Farm On the Prairie... Marker
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Location. 38° 53.523′ N, 94° 48.103′ W. Marker is in Olathe, Kansas, in Johnson County. Marker is about 150 feet west of the Mahaffie home at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe KS 66061, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Workin' For a Living (here, next to this marker); A Survivor (a few steps from this marker); Pit Stop (within shouting distance of this marker); Stagecoach Drivers (within shouting distance of this marker); State Your Business... (within shouting distance of this marker); Fast Food (within shouting distance of this marker); Up In Smoke (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Sweet Home (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olathe.
 
Also see . . .  Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. (Submitted on August 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 755 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on August 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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Jul. 12, 2020