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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Doniphan County, Kansas

Clickable Map of Doniphan County, Kansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Doniphan County, KS (33) Atchison County, KS (40) Brown County, KS (10) Andrew County, MO (4) Buchanan County, MO (59) Holt County, MO (3) Richardson County, NE (2)  DoniphanCounty(33) Doniphan County (33)  AtchisonCounty(40) Atchison County (40)  BrownCounty(10) Brown County (10)  AndrewCountyMissouri(4) Andrew County (4)  BuchananCounty(59) Buchanan County (59)  HoltCounty(3) Holt County (3)  RichardsonCountyNebraska(2) Richardson County (2)
Troy is the county seat for Doniphan County
Adjacent to Doniphan County, Kansas
      Atchison County (40)  
      Brown County (10)  
      Andrew County, Missouri (4)  
      Buchanan County, Missouri (59)  
      Holt County, Missouri (3)  
      Richardson County, Nebraska (2)  
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1 Kansas, Doniphan County, Doniphan — Samuel T. CarpenterDied January 29, 1879
A member of Co. K Vet. Reserve Corps of Escort to Remains of Pres. A. Lincoln April 1865Map (db m52996) WM
2 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — "abounds with Beaver"
The U.S. Army expedition led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark journeyed up the Missouri River and passed through this area on July 9, 1804. That evening, Clark wrote in his journal: “…passed the mouth of Creek on the L. S. . . . Map (db m55936) HM
3 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — 6 — A Dangerous Coexistence
The Oregon-California Trail passed by the mission and trail ruts are still visible to the southeast of the building. Both tribes benefitted from the increased traffic by building a toll bridge. But with the travelers came small pox and cholera, . . . Map (db m47926) HM
4 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — 5 — A Manual Training School
On average, 40 students lived at the mission. Irvin wrote, "Our custom is to rise at five o'clock in the morning, breakfast at six, have six hours at school in the day, commencing at nine, and the hours out of school are spent at work." Lessons . . . Map (db m47925) HM
5 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — 3 — An Agricultural Mission
The Presbyterian Board of Missions sent the Reverend Samuel M. Irvin to this area to establish an agricultural mission for the Iowa and Sac & Fox, who survived by hunting. Irvin tried to teach them to farm and raise livestock but had little . . . Map (db m47923) HM
6 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail
Many diaries of travelers on the Oregon-California Trail speak of good relations with Native Americans. Indians helped travelers by delivering their letters, pulling their wagons up steep banks, teaching them about edible plants, and keeping watch . . . Map (db m47956) HM
7 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — 1 — Emigrant Indians In Kansas
As the nation pushed west, Indian tribes were removed from their lands. Between 1825 and 1850, 25 tribes were relocated to Kansas. Two tiny strips of land in extreme northeast Kansas were set aside for the Iowa and the Sac & Fox. Relocation meant . . . Map (db m47903) HM
8 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — Highland Cemetery Veterans MemorialLest We Forget
This memorial is dedicated in honor of all the men and women who served these United States of America during times of war and peace.Map (db m47836) WM
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9 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — Highland Community College
Highland University 1909 Erected by the People and dedicated to their best interests ————— [Stone] From Old Mission 1837 ————— Names of the College Highland . . . Map (db m47804) HM
10 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — 374 — Irvin HallAmerican Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
This structure has been recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey of the United States Department of the Interior for its archives at the Library of CongressMap (db m121780) HM
11 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — Rubeti Memorial
The hand-hewn bricks in this memorial were taken from the fireplace of Rubeti Lodge. Constructed as a home for Indian girls, Rubeti Lodge was erected as a memorial to Sophie Rubeti, a young girl of the Sac Indian tribe. Sophie lived at the mission . . . Map (db m47797) HM
12 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — Sir Knight John W. Smith / Daniel D. Vanderslice
Sir Knight John W. Smith Died in Memphis Tenn. Dec. 18, 1877 Aged 86 years A Master Mason, Royal Arch and Knight Templar 62 years a Mason and first Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kansas Erected by the Masonic . . . Map (db m47868) HM
13 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — Smithton Lodge No. 1 A.F.&A.M.
The oldest Lodge in Kansas [1854] Chartered March 17, 1856 Dedicated June 8, 1991 M[ost] W[orshipful] Conrad F Johnson First Grand Master from Smithton Lodge AF and AM of KansasMap (db m47776) HM
14 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — 7 — The Closing of the Mission
The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 further reduced the size of Indian reservations. Too far removed from the tribes, the mission closed in 1863. Today both tribes have reservations in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The Sac & Fox also . . . Map (db m47928) HM
15 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — 4 — The Highland Presbyterian Mission
In 1845 the missions board began construction of a building to house and educate the children of the Iowa and Sac & Fox tribes. Much larger than it is now, the mission was originally 106 feet long and contained 32 rooms, including a dining hall and . . . Map (db m47924) HM
16 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — 17 — The Iowa, Sac and Fox MissionAmerican Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
The Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission was one of many Indian missions built in what is now Kansas between 1820 and 1862. Established in 1837 by Reverend Samuel and Eliza Irvin and Reverend William and Julia Hamilton, the mission was sponsored by the . . . Map (db m121796) HM
17 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — 2 — The Missionary Movement
While some wanted to "Americanize" the relocated Indian tribes, others wanted to offer aid. Missionaries set up schools to convert the Indian children to Christianity and to teach them vocational skills. Many Indians preferred to maintain their own . . . Map (db m47907) HM
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18 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — The Oregon-California Trail
From the early 1840s to 1865 the Oregon-California Trail was the most important route for settlers traveling west. Wagon trains camped at the Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission to take advantage of the spring and the blacksmith. They were followed in the . . . Map (db m47930) HM
19 Kansas, Doniphan County, Highland — The Wolf River Crossing
Before reaching the Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission wagon trains crossed the Wolf River. Travelers often encountered members of local Indian nations. Native Americans thought that some payment should be made to them for the use of their land. Travelers . . . Map (db m47947) HM
20 Kansas, Doniphan County, Troy — "Tall Oak"To the American Indian — By Peter Wolf Toth —
A History David Sheppard and Dean O'Bannon found 'Tall Oak' in Rushville, Mo. The tree was donated to the Doniphan County Chamber of Commerce by Mr. and Mrs. David McDevitt. The name "Tall Oak" was given to the tree by Sherry Muse, 3rd grade . . . Map (db m47715) HM
21 Kansas, Doniphan County, Troy — Abraham Lincoln
On his only visit to Kansas, he spoke in Troy, December 1, 1859, at the Court House located about 100 feet west of this site. It was reported that the Troy speech was a trial run of his Cooper Union speech in New York which propelled him to the . . . Map (db m47753) HM
22 Kansas, Doniphan County, Troy — Doniphan County Courthouse
This courthouse has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Doniphan County Bicentennial Commission Doniphan County, Kansas 1855-1976 Dedicated July 4, 1906 . . . Map (db m47712) HM
23 Kansas, Doniphan County, Troy — Melvin L. Schmidt, J.D.
In memory of Melvin L. Schmidt, J.D. Patent Holder of Burgundy Belle Maple 2000Map (db m47714) HM
24 Kansas, Doniphan County, Troy — Replica of the Statue of Liberty
With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of these United States The Boy Scouts of America dedicate this replica of the Statue of Liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty . . . Map (db m47713) HM
25 Kansas, Doniphan County, Troy — TroyAdded Station — Jul. 1, 1861 - Sep. 13, 1861 —
A little over a quarter of a mile to the southwest was a Pony Express Station called Troy. This was due to its close proximity to the town of Troy, Kansas. It was owned and operated by Henry Thompson and had 16 rooms and a tavern. To save money the . . . Map (db m47990) HM
26 Kansas, Doniphan County, Troy — 86 — Troy
Two miles west is Troy, named for the famous city of Greek antiquity. Following the organization of Doniphan county in 1855 Troy was named the county seat and business began there in 1856. Initially it played a secondary role to such Missouri river . . . Map (db m47397) HM
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27 Kansas, Doniphan County, Troy — Walter C. Worman and George Larson
In memory of Walter C. Worman Sheriff and George Larson Under-Sheriff who lost their lives accidentally by drowning in the Missouri River November 7, 1943Map (db m47710) HM
28 Kansas, Doniphan County, Wathena — "Espyd. a wolf"
"…towards the Evening a many Espyd. a wolf lying a Sleep with the Noise of the Oars Racing he awoke Stood to know what was a comeing…" Sergeant Joseph Whitehouse July 7, 1804 The Corps of Discovery, a United States Army expedition lead by . . . Map (db m55965) HM
29 Kansas, Doniphan County, White Cloud — "the water…contains a half…Glass of ooze"
"The water we drink or the Common water of the missourie at this time, contains a half a Comm Wine Glass of ooze or mud to every pint-" William Clark June 21, 1804 The Missouri River of Lewis and Clark's era was wild and unpredictable. It . . . Map (db m55929) HM
30 Kansas, Doniphan County, White Cloud — Homeland of the Kanza Indians
As early as the 1600s, the Kanza (or Kaw) Indians migrated from their home east of the Mississippi River and up the Missouri River into what is now northeastern Kansas. In the 1700s, the Kanza occupied two villages on the west bank of the Missouri: . . . Map (db m55930) HM
31 Kansas, Doniphan County, White Cloud — July 10, 1804
William Clark recorded in his journal that on this date: “opposite. is a butifull bottom Plain of about 2000 acres…Covered with wild rye & Potatoes…intermix’d with the grass, we camped…opposite a yellow Clay Cliff.”Map (db m55926) HM
32 Kansas, Doniphan County, White Cloud — The Lewis and Clark Expedition
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired . . . Map (db m55928) HM
33 Kansas, Doniphan County, White Cloud — Wilbur Chapman
In White Cloud 25 years ago Wilbur Chapman, a 10 year old boy raised and sold a pig 'Pete' to help support a leper boy. His example started the Pig Bank Movement. 100,000 banks have been distributed to date. 'Feeding' these banks is helping rid . . . Map (db m47396) HM
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Dec. 2, 2023