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

Wagonmaster's House

Richard Williams

 
 
Wagonmaster's House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2011
1. Wagonmaster's House Marker
Inscription.  
Richard Williams was born in Tennessee in 1830, son of Judge Arthur Williams. As a young man, Richard came to Johnson County in the 1850s, employed as a surveyor by the U.S. government. During the 1850s and early 1860s, Dick Williams was a "wagonmaster", escorting wagon trains from Kansas City to Santa Fe and other western destinations.

Sometime in the 1850s, Richard Williams hired the Garrett brothers, stone masons, to build his two-story limestone house on a site allotted in 1857 to Shawnee Indian John Pumpkin. Williams' family tradition says the house was built in 1853, although most likely in 1857-1860. The house became known as the "Wagonmaster's House" on the southeast corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Nieman Road. The old house survived some 100 years until being dismantled in 1959, its limestone rocks removed to Shawnee Mission Park for possible future reconstruction in Old Shawnee Town.
 
Erected 2006 by City of Shawnee and State Historical Society of Missouri.
 
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Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Santa Fe Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
Location. 39° 0.863′ N, 94° 42.41′ W. Marker is in Shawnee, Kansas, in Johnson County. Marker is on Shawnee Mission Parkway near Melrose Lane, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in Pioneer Crossing Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: , Shawnee KS. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10401 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee KS 66203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Development of the Kansas City area Frontier Trails Network (here, next to this marker); Gum Springs (here, next to this marker); Fort Leavenworth Military Road (here, next to this marker); Westport - Santa Fe Trail - Oregon / California Trail (a few steps from this marker); California Road (a few steps from this marker); Shawnee Friends Mission (approx. 0.4 miles away); Quantrill's Raid on Shawneetown (approx. ¾ mile away); Campbell Home (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shawnee.
 
Also see . . .
1. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on December 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Photo of Dick Williams on Wagonmaster's House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, undated
2. Photo of Dick Williams on Wagonmaster's House Marker

2. Pioneer Crossing Park, Shawnee KS. (Submitted on December 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. Dick Williams
Richard Williams is my great-great grandfather. I grew up in the Northeastern corner of Oklahoma where Richard brought his family to live in the 1860's. Just hoping to get in touch with any other relatives that may be out there and to find out more info about the area around Shawnee where he lived and worked before moving to Oklahoma.

I may have info that would be valuable from a historical standpoint and am hoping to learn more from what exists in the Shawnee area.

Thanks:)
    — Submitted January 8, 2014, by Lisa Reed Rome of Hugoton, Kansas.
 
Wagonmaster's House Image on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, undated
3. Wagonmaster's House Image on Marker
Markers in Pioneer Crossing Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Markers in Pioneer Crossing Park
Wagon Trail Sculpture in Pioneer Crossing Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr.
5. Wagon Trail Sculpture in Pioneer Crossing Park
By Charles Goslin
Pioneer Crossing Park, Shawnee KS image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr.
6. Pioneer Crossing Park, Shawnee KS
Looking east
Dick Williams, Wagonmaster, Sculpture image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2011
7. Dick Williams, Wagonmaster, Sculpture
By Charles Goslin
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,188 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4, 5, 6. submitted on December 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   7. submitted on December 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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