Ft. Leavenworth - Ft. Riley Military Road
After crossing the Blue River and entering Riley County at the foot of Poyntz Avenue, "The Great Military Road" proceeded west to this point, where it angled off southwest passing through Theodore Roosevelt School grounds, Longs Park, and squeezed between the south end of the ridge in Sunset Park and the Kansas River channel, where Ft. Riley Blvd. is now located. From this marker, two additional branches angled off, one to the north to the Rocky Ford area, and one to the northwest where it joined "The Old Indian Trail" in the vicinity of Cico Park. Albert D. Richardson, alnog with Horace Greeley, both New York Tribune journalists, passing through Manhattan in 1859 on their way to the Colorado gold fields, described Manhattan as "a flourishing Yankee settlement of two or three hundred people."
Text by Morris Werner
Erected 2009 by Polly Ogden Chapter D.A.R., Travis Matteson Family, Commerce Bank, and Bayer Construction Co.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 39° 10.779′ N, 96° 34.487′ W. Marker is in Manhattan, Kansas, in Riley County. Marker is at the intersection of Poyntz Avenue and 12th Street, on the right when
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spanish American War Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Harahey (about 700 feet away); Dobřichovice, Czech Republic • Manhattan, Kansas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 0.6 miles away); Riley County Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Amanda Arnold Arch (approx. 0.6 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manhattan.
Also see . . .
1. Records of the Fort Leavenworth-Fort Riley Military Road (1857). (Submitted on February 14, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Frontier Trails in Kansas. (Submitted on February 14, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.