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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Johnson County, Kansas
Adjacent to Johnson County, Kansas
▶ Douglas County (103) ▶ Franklin County (18) ▶ Leavenworth County (106) ▶ Miami County (26) ▶ Wyandotte County (41) ▶ Cass County, Missouri (40) ▶ Jackson County, Missouri (284)
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1941 - 1945
(picture of star, wreath, and ribbon)
The people of De Soto
pays homage to the memory
of these Valiants who gave the last
full measure of devotion to their Country
Lawrence W. Cauldwell Wm. G. Land Earl . . . — — Map (db m26568) HM|
Wounded 153,303 . . . — — Map (db m76499) WM|
|Heavy freight wagons lumbering to and from New Mexico, and emigrant families and gold seekers heading west to Oregon and California all shared this route from Independence and Kansas City. The trails split here at Gardner Junction.
Preserving . . . — — Map (db m131353) HM|
|From the late 1820s to the 1870s, an estimated 300,000 fur traders, missionaries, settlers, and gold seekers followed these trails. In the 1840s and 1850s, emigrants from the eastern and central United States walked 2,000 miles from the Missouri . . . — — Map (db m131376) HM|
|Spanning 900 miles of the Great Plains between the United States (Missouri) and Mexico (Santa Fe), this great trail of commerce between two countries was also a route for the frontier military and emigration to the West. For 60 years, the trail was . . . — — Map (db m131377) HM|
|The Indian Removal Act of 1830 required that many American Indian Tribes in the eastern part of the United States be moved to the Great Plains Region west of the Missouri River — lands identified as the “Permanent Indian Frontier.” . . . — — Map (db m131313) HM|
|A variety of shops have been located in this building: grocery store and warehouse, bakery, jewelry store, cafι, doctor's office, beauty shop, Miller's Barber Shop, a piano and furniture store, and the Dodge Sisters' Millinery Shop. — — Map (db m92569) HM|
|"This morning we passed the road to Oregon that leaves, about eight miles from Round Grove, the Santa Fe Road, and turns to the right towards the Kansas. A way post had been put there, marked "Road to Oregon." —Dr. Frederick A. . . . — — Map (db m131352) HM|
|Gardner's First Bank — — Map (db m92568) HM|
|"We took the Oregon road, instead of that to Santa Fe and went twelve miles before we discovered our error. In returning two of our wagons broke down, by which we were detained two days until July 4th. We at last got fairly on the Santa Fe . . . — — Map (db m131312) HM|
|Travel along the Oregon and California trails increased in the 1840s with the cry of “Westward Ho.” When the 1848 discovery of gold was made at Sutters Mill in California, the desire to reach the gold fields ahead of others intensified . . . — — Map (db m131310) HM|
|[Title is text] — — Map (db m92565) HM|
|Here US-56 lies directly on the route of the Oregon-California and Santa Fe trails. Nearby, the trails branched. On a rough sign pointing northwest were the words, "Road to Oregon." Another marker directed travelers southwest along the road to Santa . . . — — Map (db m21669) HM|
|This marks the route of the Santa Fe Trail from Kansas City to Santa Fe 1822 - 1880. — — Map (db m20074) HM|
|Moved to this location in 1889; Rebuilt in brick after fire destroyed the wooden structure. — — Map (db m92567) HM|
|Built by W.J. Ott For J.W. Sponable 1857 — — Map (db m92566) HM|
|[Title is text] — — Map (db m92572) HM|
|Site of First Newspaper—The Gardner Gazette, Founded in 1889, First Drug Store—Est. 1867 and the Original location of Gardner State Bank 1906 — — Map (db m92570) HM|
|Home of The Gardner Historical Museum — — Map (db m92571) HM|
Bradshaw Park honors the memory of the pioneer Bradshaw family headed by Charles A. and Sarah Bradshaw.
On May 25, 1869 they gave land to the Missouri River, Fort Scott, and Gulf Railroad for the establishment and maintenance of a railroad . . . — — Map (db m83099) HM|
[Title is text] — — Map (db m83101) HM|
|In 1864 David Gee Campbell finally found his safe haven at this site, after dodging threats from the Missourians and danger from Quantrill's raiders in Shawnee.
This valley reminded Campbell of his Tennessee home and his Scottish roots. . . . — — Map (db m51344) HM|
| A pioneer and leader in the development of the Johnson County area, Merriam has recorded several "firsts."
Prior to the incorporation of Overland Park in 1950, Merriam was home to the county's first high school, then known as Shawnee Mission . . . — — Map (db m50603) HM|
| Today, Merriam is a vibrant community boasting a mix of commercial, industrial, and residential districts. Merriam residents enjoy established neighborhoods, diverse cultures, a full range of municipal services, plentiful parks, and strong . . . — — Map (db m50608) HM|
| From 1837 to 1869 the Quaker Mission educated the children from area Indian settlements. The early settlers of Campbellton sent their children to the Hickory Grove School, which was located near present day Shawnee Mission North High School.
As . . . — — Map (db m50579) HM|
|Esther E. Brown organized citizen support in South Park for litigation leading to the 1949 Kansas Supreme Court order admitting black children to the South Park School and to nearby high schools. Her actions encouraged similar litigation resulting . . . — — Map (db m20606) HM|
| Although Merriam is one of the oldest communities in the area, it was unincorporated for much of its history. When the county was created, it was divided into several smaller segments called townships. Merriam is placed on the boundary of Shawnee . . . — — Map (db m50587) HM|
| The original limestone building, was built in 1911. The two brick additions were added in 1938 and 1951. Merriam School housed elementary and high school students until 1922, when the high school students began attending Shawnee Mission Rural High . . . — — Map (db m46863) HM|
|President Ulysses S. Grant dedicated a spectacular park on this site on July 1, 1880. Built by the Ft. Scott & Gulf Railroad and designed by the famed landscape architect George Kessler, the park covered 40 acres from Shawnee Mission Parkway to 65th . . . — — Map (db m20599) HM|
| With Kansas City becoming a focal point of trade and transportation, the Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad company saw the need for an amusement park to entertain the booming population in the area. The company purchased forty acres to establish Merriam . . . — — Map (db m46898) HM|
|In 1825 the Federal government began moving Eastern Indians to new lands west of the Mississippi. This sign is on a 2,500 square mile tract assigned to the Shawnees.
With this tribe came Methodist, Baptist and Quaker missionaries. One mile east . . . — — Map (db m20906) HM|
| Religious missionaries of nearly all denominations were present throughout Indian settlements as early as the 1680s. Missionaries were intent on converting the Native Americans to Christianity. Quakers (The Society of Friends) had worked among the . . . — — Map (db m46855) HM|
| The Bear Pit Bronze sculpture by artist Kwan Wu. Dedicated and installed 2006.
This sculpture by artist Kwan Wu represents the City of Merriam's first public sculpture installation. The mother bear and cubs celebrate one of the most popular . . . — — Map (db m46906) HM|
| With the opening of the Kansas Territory in 1854, people from everywhere began to converge on Kansas. The fertile and inexpensive land available in the territory attracted David Gee Campbell, a Tennessee native. Campbell loaded his wife and their . . . — — Map (db m46857) HM|
| Historic Frontier Trails cut through the territory now known as Merriam. Hundreds of thousands of people emigrated [sic – immigrated] to the western frontiers along the Oregon and California Trails. The Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails . . . — — Map (db m46856) HM|
| From the late 1600s until the early 1800s, the Kansa (or Kaw) Indians lived in northeast Kansas. The Indian word Kansa means “People of the South Wind,” and both the state of Kansas and the Kansas River take their name from this . . . — — Map (db m46854) HM|
| The community of South Park, Kansas was founded in 1887 as an integrated community. By 1900, four black families had settled in the town of 250 residents. South Park continued to grow and became a part of Merriam when it incorporated in 1950.
In . . . — — Map (db m50583) HM|
| A few years after the closure of Merriam Park, Richard Weaver Hocker developed the second largest amusement park in Merriam. Named Hocker Grove after its founder, the park was established in 1907 and remained in existence until 1919.
Again, . . . — — Map (db m46902) HM|
|Site of Former Madam C. J. Walker School. Built about 1860 to House the Black Students of the South Park Area Until 1949. — — Map (db m30545) HM|
| - Main Marker: -
Founded in 1857, Olathe was strategically located on the Santa Fe Trail. In the era of horsepower, the new town was a day's journey from Independence, Missouri. As time passed, Olathe's population and commerce grew, and . . . — — Map (db m20270) HM|
Conceptualized by Heart of America's own Craig Shannon and Mike Whalen, "Wheels of Progress" represents the evolution of transportation depicted by 4 giant wheels. One in stone to symbolize the prehistoric era, one in wood to symbolize the middle . . . — — Map (db m99462) HM|
| The Lone Elm Campground
The land here at Lone Elm met the three requirements for a stopover for travelers on the trail...wood, water, and grass. Wood for campfires and wagon repairs, water for the support of people and animals, and grass for . . . — — Map (db m34342) HM|
| This barn is thought to be the oldest structure standing on the Mahaffie farm. While the siding was replaced at least twice, the frame underneath probably dates to about 1860, when the Mahaffies established the farm and their first home. In 2009, . . . — — Map (db m34542) HM|
Beneath this stone is buried a capsule containing papers and items used in celebrating the American Revolution Bicentennial in Johnson County, Kansas. Placed on this Thanksgiving Eve November 24, 1976 A.D. by the Johnson County Bicentennial . . . — — Map (db m69376) HM|
| According to the agricultural census of that year, Beatty Mahaffie produced 2000 bushels of corn on this farm in 1865. The average Johnson County farm produced 667 bushels. This small field is slightly less than one acre in size. With forty bushels . . . — — Map (db m34460) HM|
|Perhaps the greatest test of the pioneers' spirit was the loss of children like Asa Smith to the harsh and unforgiving elements of the frontier. His tiny marker stands today at the intersection of K-19 and K-7 Highways. It is joined by this . . . — — Map (db m69377) HM|
|For over three decades starting in 1827, Elm Grove Campground, one mile east of near the bridge on Cedar Creek, was an important frontier camp site. Thousands of Santa Fe traders, Oregon and California emigrants, missionaries, mountain men, soldiers . . . — — Map (db m20093) HM|
| . . . — — Map (db m70275) HM|
| Stagecoaches carrying passengers of the Barlow and Sanderson stagecoach line pulled into the side yard of the house. This outside door led to the cellar of the house where Lucinda Mahaffie, her daughters, and hired help served meals to hungry . . . — — Map (db m34496) HM|
Olathe captured the attention of the nation, and of the world, in 1970, 1971 and 1972, with four fund-raising drives to provide holiday furloughs for 28 Olathe servicemen then stationed in the Vietnam war zone.
Olathe was the first community . . . — — Map (db m69378) HM WM|
| J.B. Mahaffie is building, on his farm just east of town a large two story dwelling house.
Olathe Mirror - July 20, 1865
In 1857, James B. (Beatty) and Lucinda Mahaffie moved to Olathe from northern Indiana with four children. In . . . — — Map (db m34503) HM|
| Lone Elm is one of the most historic and important frontier trail camp sites in America and was used as a campground and rendezvous point for all three of our nation's great western roads to the frontier.....the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California . . . — — Map (db m34334) HM|
| "Travelers came to look upon it as an old friend - they felt an attachment for the tree that had so often sheltered and shaded them from storm and sun..."
W.W.H. Davis (1853)
Lone Elm Park was purchased by the City of Olathe in 2000 to . . . — — Map (db m34339) HM|
| The agricultural censuses for 1860, 1865, and 1870 make it clear that J.B. Mahaffie had one of the most valuable farming operations in the township.
In 1865, J.B. owned 570 acres of land, with 240 of them enclosed by fence. The total cash value . . . — — Map (db m34529) HM|
| In memory of
our dead comrades — — Map (db m21675) HM|
|In Memory of World War Veterans — — Map (db m21663) HM|
| Why does a race car driver pull into the pits, or a truck driver leave the highway to visit a truck stop? The Mahaffie stagecoach stop offered similar services.
Need repairs or new tires? The federal census for 1865 lists a "R. Vickard" - . . . — — Map (db m34546) HM|
|"I am glad to get into Kansas again..."
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ("FDR") told the audience in Syracuse, Kansas in 1936. The president was returning to Washington, D.C. after a campaign trip by train to Colorado. When he reached Olathe . . . — — Map (db m21671) HM|
Robert R. Osborne - Olathe banker, businessman, and philanthropist, 1904-2001. His longstanding community leadership and unfailing support for those in need helped shape Olathe and its institutions. The art works in this plaza are intended to . . . — — Map (db m69380) HM|
|"These is a romance about the stage coach that will never die. Its jolly driver with his six-in-hand, the merry passenger with his jokes ans stories, and the stations along the road where we used to stretch our tired limbs will long linger like a . . . — — Map (db m20096) HM|
| The Santa Fe Trail
The Santa Fe Trail began in 1821 when William Becknell led a small group of men on a trading expedition from frontier Missouri to colonial Santa Fe. Mexico had recently declared its independence from Spain and abolished . . . — — Map (db m34340) HM|
|This marks the route of the Santa Fe Trail from Kansas City to Santa Fe 1822 - 1880 — — Map (db m20065) HM|
| Marked by the
Daughters of the
State of Kansas — — Map (db m34332) HM|
| Stagecoach drivers were an interesting group by many accounts. Good drivers were sought by stagecoach companies for their skills in driving. They exercised authority similar to ship captains over their coaches and the passengers traveling with . . . — — Map (db m34507) HM|
| Friends or business associates coming to call on the Mahaffie family used the front door of the house. Stagecoach passengers and other travelers used the side door to reach the dining hall in the cellar, and had no need to enter the private, family . . . — — Map (db m34504) HM|
| The Travelers
For more than four decades, tens of thousands of travelers camped here. The Lone Elm campground was one or two nights out from the frontier "jumping off" points on the Missouri River. The great lone elm tree that gave this . . . — — Map (db m34355) HM|
| Our reproduction chicken coop is based on an original coop built in Missouri in the mid-1800s. The sloped gabled-ends provide a perfect place for the chickens to roost, and the doors underneath make it easy to clean out the building.
The . . . — — Map (db m34472) HM|
| 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 . . . — — Map (db m34357) HM|
| The oxen and Conestoga wagon sculpture was originally commissioned in 1994 for use at the Kansas Visitors Center at 119th & Strang Line Road. When the Center closed in 2002 the sculpture was awarded to the City of Olathe. The sculpture has been . . . — — Map (db m34337) HM|
| Thanks to archaeological digs carried out in the early 1980s, we know that the Mahaffies' original smokehouse stood about 15 feet behind you, closer to the ice house.
Smokehouses, like ice houses, offered a way to preserve food. In the . . . — — Map (db m34549) HM|
| You are traveling in the path of countless men, women, and children who passed this very home in the 1860s! When you turned into the parking lot, you pulled off the Westport Route of the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails. And now, you're . . . — — Map (db m34470) HM|
| Buck and Tip, the Mahaffie oxen, are four years old. They are accurately called "oxen" now that they have reached maturity. Until they reach four years of age, young oxen-in-training are properly referred to as working steers. Weighing in about . . . — — Map (db m34514) HM|
Images Art Gallery has proudly designed and painted this mural depicting "A Day on the Trail." The Santa Fe Trail was a two-way trail of commerce and cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico from 1821 to the 1870's. Oxen or mules . . . — — Map (db m99304) HM|
The Trip Ahead
The Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails proved to be both challenging and exhilarating for the travelers in the caravans passing near here. Letters and diaries are filled with the adventures, excitement, and hardships . . . — — Map (db m99328) HM|
Built 1923 — — Map (db m69335) HM|
Built 1928 — — Map (db m69330) HM|
A landmark building
designated by the
O. P. Landmark Commission — — Map (db m69339) HM|
|[Title is text] — — Map (db m99278) HM|
Kansas honors her uniformed
sons and daughters
who answered their
country's call to
defend a country
they did not know
and a people they
had never met
Over a million and a half U.S. Soldiers
served in the Korean War, 1950-53. . . . — — Map (db m36725) WM|
"from 'Sappling Grove' where there is an excellent fountain spring & a very good place to camp.. The road runs a little round on the high ridge."
The Santa Fe Trail began in 1821 when William Becknell and a small . . . — — Map (db m100228) HM|
A landmark building
designated by the
O.P. Landmark Commission — — Map (db m99279) HM|
With the faith and courage of
their forefathers who made
possible the freedom of these
The Boy Scouts of America
dedicate this replica of the
Statue of Liberty as a pledge
of everlasting fidelity and
loyalty . . . — — Map (db m93455) HM|
|Both the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails crossed here, northeast to southwest, beginning 1821. The trails took separate courses farther west. A route through Kansas Territory was opened north of here in the 1830's after the founding of Westport, Mo. Long . . . — — Map (db m20213) HM|
[Title is text] — — Map (db m99303) HM|
|While S.R.H.S. was being built, classes were held in the Christian and Methodist churches - Grange Hall.
SCHOOL BOARD TEACHERS
J.L. Chaney, R.H. Holmes, P.L. Kellogg - J.L. Stark, Principal; Amy Kincaid
Students . . . — — Map (db m20786) HM|
This plaque dedicated May, 2001
to honor those whose services,
past and present have preserved
the beauty of this cemetery
[Cemetery Chapel] . . . — — Map (db m88150) HM|
The Santa Fe Trail forked into two routes as it headed south from Westport. Along the routes were campgrounds for trail travelers — to the northeast of the junction was Sapling Grove and the southwest was a campground called Flat Rock or . . . — — Map (db m100264) HM|
Imagine seeing Santa Fe Trail wagon trains coursing through Overland Park! Around you swirls the sights and sounds of wagons creaking, oxen braying, and wagon masters shouting commands. You are standing between two historic branches of the Santa . . . — — Map (db m99307) HM|
The Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails proved to be both challenging and exhilarating for the travelers in the caravans passing through this junction along one of the Westport routes. Letters and diaries are filled with adventures and . . . — — Map (db m100260) HM|
Built 1928 — — Map (db m69331) HM|
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, . . . — — Map (db m100267) HM|
Founder of Overland Park
Sculpture by Kwan Wu
Dedicated May 20, 2006 — — Map (db m69332) HM|
Built 1924 — — Map (db m69337) HM|
| The California Road
Originally a trail through the lands of the Shawnee Indians, running west from Westport through present day Johnson and Douglas Counties, this route was used throughout the 1830's and 1840's by Indians, missionaries, and . . . — — Map (db m50612) HM|
| The Fort Leavenworth Military Road
Created in 1837, this road was originally created to run from Fort Leavenworth south to Fort Gibson in Oklahoma. It was actually part of the route that Congress had designated as the border line of the . . . — — Map (db m50613) HM|
| Located today at 59th Terrace and Bluejacket in the city of Shawnee, Gum Springs was the site of the Shawnee Indian church and meeting house, as well as the location of several excellent springs, all near the intersection of the Fort Leavenworth . . . — — Map (db m50693) HM|
| American Legion Seal
Dedicated to those
who have served
to safeguard Justice,
Freedom, and Democracy. — — Map (db m21686) HM|
|A band of Confederate guerrillas led by William Quantrill corraled the residents of Shawneetown into the square at this site. A majority of the town's buildings and homes were looted and set on fire nearly destroying the town. Thirteen persons were . . . — — Map (db m20512) HM|
| The Santa Fe Trail went through two decades of change in the Kansas City area before evolving into it's final form by about 1840. In the early years of that decade it also became the route of the Oregon Trail and California Trail.
1821 - . . . — — Map (db m50679) HM|
| 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 . . . — — Map (db m50691) HM|
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