Shawnee in Johnson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
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 Touch for map. Marker is in Pioneer Crossing Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: , Shawnee KS. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10401 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee KS 66203, United States of America.
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. 0.8 miles 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.)
2. Pioneer Crossing Park, Shawnee KS. (Submitted on December 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
1. Dick Williams
Richard Williams is my great-great grandfather. I grew up in the Northeastern corner of 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.
— Submitted January 8, 2014, by Lisa Reed Rome of Hugoton, Kansas.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 604 times since then and 50 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.