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Olathe, Kansas Historical Markers

 
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By Thomas Onions, June 26, 2009
"Indian Jim" and the Building of Kansas City Road Marker
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — "Indian Jim" and the Building of Kansas City Road World's Champion Lays 46,664 Bricks in Under Eight Hours
- 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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — "Wheels of Progress"

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 . . . — Map (db m99462) HM

Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — A Most Desirable Spot For Camping
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — A Survivor
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Bicentennial Time Capsule
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Check that Cornfield
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Children of the Trails Artist: Kwan Wu
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Elm Grove Campground
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Elvira Beckwith 1818 - 1865 First Burial
. . . — Map (db m70275) HM
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Fast Food
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Home For Christmas 1970 - 1972 [Vietnam Veterans Memorial]
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Home Sweet Home
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Lone Elm Campground
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Lone Elm Park
"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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Not So Little A Farm On the Prairie...
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Olathe Civil War Memorial
In memory of our dead comrades — Map (db m21675) HM
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Olathe World War Memorial
In Memory of World War Veterans — Map (db m21663) HM
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Pit Stop
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Makes a Whistle-stop in Olathe
"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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — R.R. Osborne Plaza Dedicated to an Olathe Visionary November 21, 2003
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Rest for the Weary
"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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Roads To The West
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Santa Fe Trail
This marks the route of the Santa Fe Trail from Kansas City to Santa Fe 1822 - 1880 — Map (db m20065) HM
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — 3 — Santa Fe Trail 1822 - 1872
Marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Kansas — Map (db m34332) HM
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Stagecoach Drivers Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be...
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — State Your Business...
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — The Travelers
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — There's No Roost Like Home
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Trail Campground..To Farm..To Park
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Trails West by Eldon Tefft
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Up In Smoke
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Westward Ho!
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
Kansas (Johnson County), Olathe — Workin' For a Living
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

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