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

Wagons and Coaches... ...to Trains and Planes

 
 
Wagons and Coaches... ...to Trains and Planes Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 4, 2016
1. Wagons and Coaches... ...to Trains and Planes Marker
Inscription.

The heyday of the trails had come and gone by the time William B. Strang Jr. platted out a residential development in this area in 1905. To promote his real estate plans and bring people out from Kansas City, he developed a trolley car railroad, the Missouri and Kansas Interurban Railway, which followed near the route of the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails from Westport to here until 1940.

Strang was not only a real estate developer and railway entrepreneur, he was also an aviation pioneer. He developed Aviation Park a couple of miles east of here. The park gained national attention during the early years of aviation with its biplane barnstorming exhibitions. Those aerial acrobatics took place right over the old trail routes.

[Background photo caption reads]
In Strang Park, a remnant of the railway bed still exists, just a few feet from the historic route of the Santa Fe Trail.
Courtesy of Lenexa Historical Society

[Inset photo captions, from top, read]
Traders and freight wagons passed through here as early as the 1820s. Emigrants and their [C]onestoga wagons came through as early as the 1840s.
Painting by Charles M. Russell

From the 1850s to 1870s, the stagecoach — icon of the American West — rumbled through this trail junction.
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Wagons and Coaches... ...to Trains and Planes Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 4, 2016
2. Wagons and Coaches... ...to Trains and Planes Marker
Marker at right. Looking north.
of Congress

Crowds gathered to watch the aerial acrobatics of the planes hosted at Aviation Park.
Johnson County Museum
 
Erected by Kansas City Area Historic Trails Association and the National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 58.106′ N, 94° 41.959′ W. Marker is in Overland Park, Kansas, in Johnson County. Touch for map. Marker is about 300 feet east of the intersection of Farley Street and West 88th Terrace. Marker is at or near this postal address: Strang Park, Overland Park KS 66212, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Two Routes from Westport (here, next to this marker); Voices from the Trail (here, next to this marker); Opening the Floodgates (here, next to this marker); Wilson-Weldon Buildings (approx. 1.8 miles away); A. M. Wood Buildings (approx. 1.8 miles away); Conser Store & Hall (approx. 1.8 miles away); William B. Strang, Jr. (approx. 1.8 miles away); Voights Building (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Overland Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. Strang Car Barn. (Submitted on December 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Overland Park, Kansas. (Submitted on December 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)

Strang Line Interurban Track Remnant in Strang Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 4, 2016
3. Strang Line Interurban Track Remnant in Strang Park

3. Strang Line Interurban Railroad. (Submitted on December 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Overland Park in History of Johnson County, by Ed Blair (1915). (Submitted on December 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Strang Line Interurban Track Remnant in Strang Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 4, 2016
4. Strang Line Interurban Track Remnant in Strang Park
Markers visible in upper left distance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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