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

Trail Campground..To Farm..To Park

 
 
Trail Campground..To Farm..To Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
1. Trail Campground..To Farm..To Park Marker
Inscription.
In 1857, Newton Ainsworth claimed this land and allowed the trail travelers to continue camping here. A decade later, the railroads began to make their way west and the great overland trails became a part of history. The need for camping at Lone Elm ceased. Cattle and sheep replaced the wagons and oxen teams. The prairie grass sod became cultivated crop fields. Water wells were dug with picks and shovels. Through the years, this land would be farmed similar to other nearby farms. Lone Elm Park, dedicated in 2005, now exists on this famous quarter section. The vision for this park was set long ago when various individuals, including Ainsworth, were desirous of marking the trails and preserving their stories. Today, Lone Elm Park continues that vision. Once again, people can gather at Lone Elm.

"In May and June, 1857, I broke seventy acres of virgin Kansas soil on the Lone Elm Campground...on the fourth day of March, 1858, I unloaded the lumber to build a cabin. It was only 10x11 feet, with the ground for a floor, we lived in it for two years, and it was the first cabin erected in this part of the county."
- Newton Ainsworth

Excerpt from his speech when the DAR trail marker was placed at Lone Elm in 1906.
 
Erected by City of Olathe.
 
Marker series.
Ainsworth Postcard on Trail To Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
2. Ainsworth Postcard on Trail To Park Marker
[Caption reads] Newton Ainsworth was proud to be the owner of the Lone Elm campground and promoted this fact. He arranged for this postcard to be printed and distributed to friends and family after the placement of the DAR marker in 1906. The marker can still be viewed on the southeast corner of Lone Elm and 167th Street today.
This marker is included in the Oregon Trail, the Overland Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 49.346′ N, 94° 49.819′ W. Marker is in Olathe, Kansas, in Johnson County. Touch for map. Marker is about 50 feet SE of the picnic shelter in Lone Elm Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21151 West 167th Street, Olathe KS 66062, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Travelers (here, next to this marker); A Most Desirable Spot For Camping (here, next to this marker); Roads To The West (here, next to this marker); Lone Elm Park (a few steps from this marker); Trails West (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lone Elm Campground (about 600 feet away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elm Grove Campground (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olathe.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lone Elm Park. (Submitted on August 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Oregon-California Trails Association. (Submitted on August 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Santa Fe Trail Association. (Submitted on August 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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County Map on Trail To Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
3. County Map on Trail To Park Marker
[Caption reads] The 1874 Johnson County Atlas depicts the boundaries of Olathe and the location of the Ainsworth farm. A detailed drawing of the Ainsworth farm (bottom left) also appeared in the 1874 Atlas.
Ainsworth Property on Trail To Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
4. Ainsworth Property on Trail To Park Marker
[Caption reads] This map and the Ainsworth Property illustration both appeared in the 1874 Johnson County Atlas. The view is looking to the South. The road pictured here is now 167th Street. [Illustration reads "Olathe Township, Johnson County, Kansas, Section 23, T.14, Range 23"]
Trail Campground..To Farm..To Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
5. Trail Campground..To Farm..To Park Marker
At far right
Lone Elm Park Shelter and Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
6. Lone Elm Park Shelter and Markers
Lone Elm Park Street Light and Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
7. Lone Elm Park Street Light and Sign
Lone Elm Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
8. Lone Elm Park Sign
On streetlight poles.
Ed May Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
9. Ed May Marker
Dedicated teacher
and friend to our community.
He shared his time, energy
and love of the outdoors
with Olathe's youth.

Located near the shelter
Ed May Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2010
10. Ed May Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 749 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6, 7, 8. submitted on August 12, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   9, 10. submitted on August 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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