Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Majors, “the great freighter,” was born in Kentucky. He entered the freighting business in 1848. He became managing partner of Russell, Majors and Waddell in 1854 with offices in Westport. The wagon trains moved enormous tonnage on the western trails to U.S. forts. The firm employed 4,000 men, had 3,000 wagons, 40,000 oxen and 1,000 mules. Among their far-flung enterprises were the famous Pony Express and the overland stagecoach lines to Denver and Salt Lake City both major factors in the opening of the West. His restored home and freighting office at 8201 State Line Road is an 1856 historic landmark. Majors is buried in Union Cemetery.
Erected 1987 by Native Sons, Kansas City, Missouri and the Westport Historical Society.
Location. 39° 3.219′ N, 94° 35.437′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Westport Road, in the median on Broadway Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Calvin McCoy (here, next to this marker); James Bridger (here, next to this marker); Three Trails West West Port, Missouri (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Site of Harris House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Action Before Westport (about 300 feet away); The Albert G. Boone Store (about 400 feet away); The French and the Santa Fe Trail (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Michael W. Kruse of Kansas City, Missouri. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Michael W. Kruse of Kansas City, Missouri. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.