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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Leavenworth
Leavenworth, Kansas and Vicinity
▶ Leavenworth County (106) ▶ Atchison County (40) ▶ Douglas County (103) ▶ Jefferson County (15) ▶ Johnson County (104) ▶ Wyandotte County (41) ▶ Platte County, Missouri (72)
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| This home was built circa 1870 by A. A. Higgenbotham. The stone was quarried at Junction City, Kansas. Messrs. Anthony, Goehner and Lysle negotiated with the Harvey family and the property was donated to Cushing Hospital in 1944. The Hospital . . . — — Map (db m53605) HM|
| In 1997, the cities of Leavenworth, Kansas and Omihachiman, Japan became Sister and Brother cities. The two cities are connected because of the civic and religious commitment of one man, Mr. William Merrell Vories.
Vories was born in Leavenworth . . . — — Map (db m42105) HM|
|First Campaign Speech for the Presidency given at Stockton Hall, 4th and Delaware, Leavenworth, Kansas — — Map (db m71719) HM|
|In Leavenworth's early days this building was the home of the Charles Ackenhausen Saddlery Company. Mr. Ackenhausen was a prominent and progressive citizen and a great benefit to Leavenworth after immigrating from Hanover, Germany. In 1858 he worked . . . — — Map (db m50885) HM|
| In memory of the Leavenworth area men and women who served in their country's wars
"O honor those who gave their todays for our tomorrows." — — Map (db m53567) WM|
| "Each man carried a bowie-knife, a revolver, a pair of breeches, a shirt and a very don't-care a damn expression...The stews and brothels, the hospitals and poorhouses of the East can furnish thousands more of just such scabby, scurvy, scapegoats, . . . — — Map (db m46709) HM|
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|Carry Amelia Nation, the Kansas Prohibitionist, who became internationally known for breaking up saloons, was born in Kentucky in 1846. The widow of an alcoholic, she remarried and settled in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
The state constitution . . . — — Map (db m42172) HM|
| This building was the first site used by the I.O.O.F. in Kansas. The cornerstone was laid on May 14, 1867. Later renamed Davis Hall, the upper floor was used for local political meetings.
In 1975 the premises were included in the inventory of . . . — — Map (db m71708) HM|
Dedicated in honor of
First Meeting of the
October 8, 1854 — — Map (db m42165) HM|
| Rev. B. M. Hobson of Lexington, Mo. a Presbyterian preached in a grove of elms near 3rd & Miami in the summer of 1855. On 1 Jan. 1856 Rev. C. D. Martin of Philadelphia organized the First Presbyterian Church with nine members. The group reorganized . . . — — Map (db m46782) HM|
| Into the grunt and growl life of the southwest frontier Fred Harvey brought an era of gracious manners, delicious food, good women, and high standards of service. Frederick Harvey was born in London in 1835. At fifteen Harvey immigrated to the . . . — — Map (db m53991) HM|
|In tribute to those countless heroes who lived and died for our right to be free — — Map (db m65045) WM|
| The law firm of Sherman, Ewing and McCook was on the 2nd floor of a wooden building located in front of this pedestal. All four partners in the firm became general officers in the Union Army during the Civil War. The most famous member of the firm . . . — — Map (db m42154) HM|
| In 1866 this area was given to the city to be used by farmers selling their products. For sale were hay, wood, live poultry, eggs, hand churned butter, farm smoked hams and bacon, and fruits and vegetables in season. Horese and mules were traded. . . . — — Map (db m53987) HM|
Dedicated to all who came before us - from our pioneers to our parents, to these we owe our freedom, faith, country, community and lives. May we enjoy and protect the good things of life in Mid-America that our heritage has made possible.
. . . — — Map (db m65047) HM WM|
David J. Brewer, distinguished jurist, lived in Leavenworth from 1859 to 1889. He served as judge of the First District Court of Kansas, 1865 to 1869; justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, 1871-1884; judge of the U.S. Circuit Court, 1884-1889; and . . . — — Map (db m82698) HM|
| Fred Harvey, founder of the restaurant chain that bears his name, lived here from 1883 until his death. The family occupied the residence until 1943. It was transferred to the Leavenworth Board of Education in 1949.
Harvey pioneered well . . . — — Map (db m53603) HM|
SSG, US Army
DOB 11-2-84 DOD 6-11-11
Operation Enduring Freedom
3rd Plt, B Co, 1/75 Ranger Bn
Pakita Province, Afghanistan
[Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart] — — Map (db m86749) WM|
July 20, 1980 - May 2, 2004
KIA - Operation Iraqi Freedom
1st Cavalry, 91st Engineers
[Purple Heart] — — Map (db m86746) WM|
| Land for the building was purchased from the U.S. Government in 1857 by William H. Russell of Lafayette County, Missouri. The building was built in 1878 by James A. McGonigle for Francis Fitzwilliam. It was financed through the German Bank of . . . — — Map (db m46717) HM|
| William Tecumseh Sherman
Thomas Ewing Jr.
Hugh Boyle Ewing
Daniel McCook Jr.
All four members of the law firm served with distinction as general officers in the Union Army in the Civil War.
Thomas Ewing Jr. was the first Chief Justice . . . — — Map (db m42111) HM WM|
Leavenworth was founded in June, 1854, although it was not incorporated until the following summer. During the territorial struggle which flared between proslavery and Free-State forces, the city was the scene of many incidents which contributed . . . — — Map (db m71724) HM|
| After passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, May 30, 1864, this area was swiftly settled. The county was organized in 1855, taking its name from Gen. Henry Leavenworth who established the nearby fort in 1827.
In a county seat war, Leavenworth was . . . — — Map (db m46777) HM|
| The Doughboy statue was first erected at Victory Junction in 1921 in memory of the members of the military who died in World War I. It was dedicated November 11, 1928.
In 1941 the statue was moved to its present location. Extensive deterioration . . . — — Map (db m66876) HM|
Dedicated to the
Memory of our Boys
The Supreme Sacrifice
in the World War
Byron H. Mehl Ernest Bagwell
Anthony Blanchard William E. Burns
Edward Blochberger Riley D. Cunningham
David H. Crockett Frank . . . — — Map (db m46751) WM|
| Created to reclaim this historic riverfront for the citizens of Leavenworth and to recall its prominent role in the development of the American West.
When Leavenworth was established in . . . — — Map (db m42138) HM|
| . . . — — Map (db m50883) HM|
In 1899 the City of Leavenworth voted a tax levy for a library. Womens clubs, by library fund raising activities, accumulated $3,000 and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie contributed $30,000. The total was enough to build and equip the facility. . . . — — Map (db m71725) HM|
| Leavenworth in the eighteen sixties and seventies was a bustling boom town. River boats arrived almost daily and railroads were extending west and north carrying settlers, their property and supplies. Later three railroads built passenger stations . . . — — Map (db m42106) HM|
| Campaigning for the Presidency of the United States, Abraham Lincoln crossed the Missouri River from St. Joseph to Elwood, Kansas Territory, on December 1, 1859. From there, he was driven in a horse-drawn buggy to Leavenworth.
On December 3, . . . — — Map (db m46750) HM|
| On this site once stood the most famous and magnificent hotel between St. Louis and San Francisco - the Planters. The Planters, a fine four story brick building with 100 guestrooms, opened for business in December 1856. The Planter's most . . . — — Map (db m42152) HM|
| In the late 1800s and early 1900s Leavenworth was the most important manufacturing city in Kansas and one of the largest in the entire United States. It had sixty-seven prosperous and growing industries. It was third in furniture production in the . . . — — Map (db m42168) HM|
The Nathaniel Burt Home was constructed in 1895 for Nathaniel Henry Burt, president of the Great Western Stove Company. It was designed by William Feth, a local architect who also designed the Leavenworth County Courthouse and other local . . . — — Map (db m82699) HM|
Sergeant, US Army
Oct. 1, 1988 - Oct. 6, 2013
Killed in Action
Operation Enduring Freedom
B Co., 3/75 Ranger Regiment
[Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Purple Heart] — — Map (db m86751) WM|
of the Glacial Age
Donated for Bicentennial Year
Mr. and Mrs. William P. McNamee
from their farm located in
the SE 1/4 of Sec. 8 Twp. 10 R-22-E
Kansas — — Map (db m46753) 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 m71710) HM|
SGT, US Army
DOB 4-19-78 DOD 8-29-05
7th Chemical Company,
83rd Chemical Battalion
Ft. Polk, Louisiana — — Map (db m86738) WM|
| In 1984 V.B. Greenamyre and family gave the building to the City of Leavenworth. In 1985 a bond issue was voted to renovate the building and to build additional facilities. A half cent sales tax was approved to payoff those bonds and support the . . . — — Map (db m42110) HM|
| Before you stands the manufacturer's bank building; once headquarters for the freighting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell. Fort Leavenworth's strategic location made it the logical logistical supply center to support the U.S. Army throughout the . . . — — Map (db m46713) HM|
Saint Mary was founded in 1859 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth as an academy for young women. The academy moved to this site in 1870. The original building, St. Mary Hall (constructed 1868-70), served both as the Academy and the . . . — — Map (db m86756) HM|
Commemorating the arrival of the
Sisters of Charity
November 11, 1858 — — Map (db m42166) HM|
| In the years 1855-1861 this firm was a major factor in the settlement of the West. Using thousands of teams, and both wagons and stagecoaches, it hauled supplies and passengers to Army posts and settlements west of Fort Leavenworth. Members of the . . . — — Map (db m46720) HM|
| On 25 August 1861 the first Lutheran sermon in Leavenworth County was delivered in the Methodist church in Kickapoo. A congregation was organized on 9 March 1862 and a church was built on Delaware Street. In 1880 a second church was built at 7th . . . — — Map (db m53985) HM|
| Saint Paul's, the oldest church in Kansas, was the site of the first consecration of a church, the first confirmation of a child, and the first ordination of a priest.
From 1837 to 1856 a mission served both the fort and the city.
On December . . . — — Map (db m53983) HM|
| Leavenworth's Stockton Hall was built in 1857 at the southwest corner of Fourth and Delaware streets. Although not the first of the town's public halls, Stockton was to become the most famous. It was a frame building forty-five by one hundred and . . . — — Map (db m46716) HM|
|On this site the first Jewish place of worship in the state of Kansas was built. After a large Jewish community established residence in Leavenworth City, Kansas Territory. Temple B'Nai Jeshurun was constructed in 1866. Initially, the first group of . . . — — Map (db m103870) HM|
| Daniel Read Anthony, born on February 15, 1820 and his sister, Susan Brownell Anthony, born on August 22, 1824, had tremendous influence over the course of events in Kansas and the nation. Daniel's influence was felt through his newspaper and Susan . . . — — Map (db m42150) HM|
In the early 1860's John Foster bought the farm land and house which is now Leavenworth's Museum. The farm was transferred to Lucien Scott a banker in 1882. Mr. Scott added the front part to the house and his architect George McKenna carved the . . . — — Map (db m82715) HM|
Two weeks after Kansas was officially opened for settlement, the state's oldest city was born. The date was June 12, 1854, and the town was named for nearby Fort Leavenworth.
In September, type for the first regular weekly newspaper in Kansas . . . — — Map (db m19839) HM|
| In this building in 1856 Lucien Scott and John Kerr opened a private bank, Scott, Kerr and Company. In 1874 it was merged with the First National Bank of Leavenworth which had been established in 1868. The First National Bank holds National Charter . . . — — Map (db m50890) HM|
| North Esplanade Historic District
In the plat of the Town of Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, filed December 20, 1854, in the Surveyor General's Office at Fort Leavenworth, the proprietors of the town donated to the public "the perpetual use . . . — — Map (db m42073) HM|
| The railroad era began in the eastern part of the United States in the 1830's when the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad opened with thirteen miles of track. Most of the lines were built in the Northeast and Old Northwest.
The first Kansas Territorial . . . — — Map (db m42155) HM|
Built in 1894 by
Chauncey L. Knapp,
founder & owner of
C.L. Knapp & Co.
418 Delaware — — Map (db m53569) HM|
| In the Eighteen Fifties, Sixties and Seventies with thousands of settlers pouring into Leavenworth by river boat and train the landing area housed banks, hotels, saloons, offices, stores and livery stables.
As the city grew away from the river . . . — — Map (db m50900) HM|
| Leavenworth - Gateway to the West and Headquarters of the Department of the Missouri - was the supply base for settlers and emigrants to the vast region lying west to the Pacific Ocean. Selected because of the excellence of its site, the . . . — — Map (db m50902) HM|
|Abraham Lincoln addressed one of the largest assemblies in Kansas Territory from these steps on December 6, 1859. The steps were originally at the Planters Hotel located on the north side of Shawnee, between the levee and Main (Esplanade). Five . . . — — Map (db m82700) HM|
| In 1854 the river was the freeway of commerce, and every stable landing was a natural stop. The Missouri bends in at the Leavenworth area, and the current runs along a natural limestone bluff for some miles. A small creek cut through that bluff at . . . — — Map (db m42141) HM|
Here stood one of the most famous saloons of the West. The building called Kunzs Hall and built in 1869 also housed the Kansas Freie Presse a German language newspaper and the H. J. Helmers Barber Shop. The saloon was named “Star of the . . . — — Map (db m71718) HM|
Located at this spot was the Star of the West Saloon, which was in business from around 1869 until 1887. Although no famous events or persons are associated with this saloon, the Star of the West was a fine representative of the wild and woolly . . . — — Map (db m71723) HM|
| This unique chapel was built in 1893. Architect Louis Curtis[s] of Kansas City designed the structure after an old gothic chapel he had seen in England.
It has served veterans of all wars from the Mexican War (1848) on. The beautiful stained . . . — — Map (db m50912) HM|
This memorial is dedicated to all the men and women who served these United States of America during times of war and peace. — — Map (db m85001) WM|
| Isaac and Mary Cody and family arrived in the Leavenworth area June 10, 1854, and built a seven-room log cabin in Salt Creek Valley, just north of Fort Leavenworth. Bill was 9 years old, the only son in a family of girls. Immediately upon arrival . . . — — Map (db m53990) HM|
SPC, US Army
DOB 8-27-87 DOD 8-1-08
Operation Enduring Freedom
3rd Bridgade, 1st Infantry,
[Bronze Star Metal and Purple Heart] — — Map (db m86737) WM|
|In Grateful Memory of Our Veterans of All American Wars — — Map (db m46779) WM|