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Andrew J. Mead to John A. Halderman

Andrew J. Mead to John A. Halderman
Creator: Mead, Andrew J.
Date: March 14, 1859
In a letter marked "Confidential" and dated March 14, 1859, Andrew J. Mead of Manhattan, Kansas Territory, writes to enlist John Halderman's help to get Russell, Majors, and Waddell to use a new Blue River ferry at Manhattan, called Johnstons ferry, when they begin hauling freight over the "Great Central Route via Smoky Hill" to the gold mines. Mead is "deeply interested" in this ferry and wishes to negotiate a contract with the freighters for its use.


Blue River ferries

Blue River ferries
Creator: Root, George Allen, 1867-1949
Date: Between 1890 and 1930
A history of the ferries and ferry companies that operated around Kansas's Blue River, more commonly known as the Big Blue.


Butter Pats from Grinter Place, 14WY316

Butter Pats from Grinter Place, 14WY316
Date: 1855-1950
These five butter pats were recovered from the Grinter House in Wyandotte County. Butter pats are often mistaken for children's toy dishes, but they are meant to hold individual servings of butter. These were made by Haviland and Co., of Limoges, France. The Grinter House is a two-story brick home overlooking the Delaware Crossing on the Kansas River, and is in the National Register of Historic Places. Moses and Annie Grinter (she was a Lenape Delaware) owned and operated a ferry and trading post there. Grinter Place was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill

Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill
Creator: Chadwick, Charles
Date: November 17 and 24, 1858
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, defending Quindaro from rumors that deemed the town defunct. Chadwick blamed the bad management of the Town Company for the current troubles, and described various opportunities Quindaro still had for further development. Though property was not selling at all, according to Chadwick, prospects for future railroad and ferry traffic still were positive. He expressed his disappointment at Robert Lawrence, and accused him of giving Chadwick a false impression of the likelihood of Hill winning the land claim dispute with Robert Robetaille. A businessman had landed with a great deal of machinery looking to build a "manufactory", and Quindaro's investors were doing all they could to woo him.


Charles Keeler to Governor Thomas Carney

Charles Keeler to Governor Thomas Carney
Creator: Keeler, Charles G.
Date: May 08, 1863
This letter was written to Governor Thomas Carney from Captain Charles G. Keeler. Keeler advises Carney about the location of a Kansas bridge that is about to be built. He believes the location should be at the Chouteau ferry site in Johnson County, thereby securing trade from the southern portion of the state as well the Santa Fe trail trade. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Ferries at Lawrence

Ferries at Lawrence
Creator: Bumgardner, Edward
Date: 1933
A history of ferries that were used along the Kansas River near Lawrence, Kansas. Accompanying the history is a letter from the author to his friend, George Root.


Ferry Boat, Andernach, on the Rhine, Germany

Ferry Boat, Andernach, on the Rhine, Germany
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1919
Soldiers are aboard a ferry on the Rhine River in Germany. Notice the horse drawn wagon that is also on the ferry. The photo was taken in 1919 while Captain Hughes was in Germany during the Army of Occupation. James C. Hughes, as part of the 35th Division, left Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he boarded the troop ship "Ceramic" on May 18, 1918. Hughes arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 1, 1918 and then landed at Le Havre, France, on June 9, 1918. Hughes fought in the battles of St. Michael and the Meuse-Argonne. He was at Verdun on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. He took no photos of the actual fighting. He did take many photographs after the war as part of the Army of Occupation until he left France on July 18, 1919. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


Ferry across the Kaw at Lecompton Kansas. 338 miles west of St. Louis Mo.

Ferry across the Kaw at Lecompton Kansas. 338 miles west of St. Louis Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This stereograph shows a ferry on the Kansas River at Lecompton, Douglas County, Kansas. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Ferry crossing the Kansas River

Ferry crossing the Kansas River
Date: Between 1854 and 1861
A view of a ferry carrying a team of horses, a wagon, and people across the Kansas River at an unidentified location.


Ferry crossing the Kansas River, Kansas Territory

Ferry crossing the Kansas River, Kansas Territory
Date: 1857
A drawing depicting a ferry crossing the Kansas River with a view of Lawrence, Kansas Territory, in the year 1857 as copied from "Beyond the Mississippi" (1867) by Albert D. Richardson (German edition).


Ferry on the Kansas River at Lecompton, Kansas

Ferry on the Kansas River at Lecompton, Kansas
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This photograph shows a ferry on the Kansas River at Lecompton, Kansas. It is part of Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Governor's Message vetoing the Kickapoo ferry

Governor's Message vetoing the Kickapoo ferry
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: July 21, 1855
This item is a printed letter by Governor Andrew Reeder to the legislature, informing them that he had vetoed the bill to incorporate a ferry in Kickapoo, Kansas Territory. Reeder reminds the legislature that they were to meet at Ft. Leavenworth and not at the Shawnee Manual Labor School.


Grinter Ferry, Wyandotte County, Kansas

Grinter Ferry, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Creator: Kensler, Gordon
Date: 1952
A 1952 drawing of the earliest ferry on the Kansas river. Established in 1831 by Moses Grinter, the Grinter Ferry operated at the Delaware Crossing where the Fort Leavenworth-Fort Gibson road crossed the Kansas river in Wyandotte County, Kansas.


History of Kansas and emigrant's guide

History of Kansas and emigrant's guide
Creator: Chapman, J. Butler
Date: 1855
The title page of the printed volume indicated that it contained "a description geographical and topographical--also climate, soil, productions and comparative value with other states and territories, including its political history, officers-candidates-emigrant colonies-election, abolition, squatter and pro-slavery contentions and inquisitions; with the prospects of the territory for freedom or slavery." Mr. Chapman was a resident of the territory and the information in the booklet was compiled by traveling through Kansas Territory in 1854. The description covers most of the territory and includes information about Native American tribes and lands.


James Griffing to William Smyth

James Griffing to William Smyth
Creator: Griffing, James S. (James Sayre), 1822-1882
Date: July 27, 1859
James Sayre Griffing wrote from Topeka, Kansas Territory, to William Smyth, editor of the Owego (New York) Times. Griffing described in some detail his family's overland journey to Kansas Territory in a "double waggon." He commented upon the quantity and nature of provisions to take on an overland journey, methods for crossing streams and rivers, and the advantages of a good "fowling piece" for hunting wild game. Griffing also observed that the amount of travel in and through Kansas Territory had increased during 1859, due in part to the Pike's Peak gold rush.


Jesse H. Crane to Franklin Loomis Crane

Jesse H. Crane to Franklin Loomis Crane
Creator: Crane, Jesse H.
Date: July 14, 1856
Jesse H. Crane, writing from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, addressed this letter to his father Franklin Crane, a prominent citizen of Topeka. The letter begins with news about the family, and then moves to a discussion of Manhattan. Jesse recommended the town to his father as an excellent investment opportunity, and encouraged him to come for a visit. The letter includes a description of the town site.


John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls

John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls
Creator: Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900
Date: January 2, 1859
From Lawrence, K.T., where he went to lobby the territorial legislature on behalf of Sumner's city charter and a "Pikes Peak Express Company," John J. Ingalls wrote to tell his father about the journey that took him through Leavenworth. He made some interesting observations about the condition of the roads and the general discomfort involved in overland travel ("The coaches are constructed with special reference to safety in passing over corduroy roads, through sloughs and ravines, having no regard whatever to the comfort of the passengers."), as well as nice descriptions of both cities, Leavenworth and Lawrence.


Julia Ann Stinson correspondence

Julia Ann Stinson correspondence
Creator: Stinson, Julia Ann Beauchemin, 1834-1925
Date: 1895-1914
Statements and recollections of Julia Ann Stinson, wife of Thomas Nesbit Stinson. Julia was born in 1834 at the Shawnee Methodist Indian Mission where she was raised and educated. It was there that she met Thomas Stinson and married him in 1850. A photograph taken on her wedding day is believed to be the first photographic portrait taken west of the Missouri River. Her husband was adopted into the tribe and the couple received a land grant of about 800 acres from a treaty between the U.S. government and the Shawnee Indians. The Stinson's made their home on the land they acquired through the Shawnee settlement. Julia Stinson claimed a relationship to the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh. Shawnee Indians supposedly kidnapped her grandfather who married a cousin of Tecumseh. This is how the future town earned its name. The couple built a home there, established a profitable trading post and ran a post office. Included in these documents are reminiscences of encounters with Andrew Reeder, Chief Abram Burnett, and John C. Fremont.


Kansas River ferries

Kansas River ferries
Date: 1850-1900
Histories and descriptions of ferries and ferry companies that used the Kansas River. Some of the ferries listed are the Wyandot National, Silas Armstrong, Santa Fe Road, Eureka, Muncie, Grinter, Toulee, Keeler, Chouteau also known as the Campbell, and Tiblow also known as the Parrish. The oldest of these is reported to be the Grinter Ferry which was established in 1831.


Map of Shawnee County

Map of Shawnee County
Creator: Nold, Leo
Date: 1908
This hand-drawn map of Shawnee County shows old roads, ferries, towns and other points of interest including Fort Riley Road, the California and Oregon Road, Fool Chief's Village, American Chief's Village, and the Baptist Mission. A legend below gives an explanation of the ferries throughout the county.


Minutes, Wyandotte Mayor's Office

Minutes, Wyandotte Mayor's Office
Date: October 27, 1859 - November 19, 1859
The minutes from these three meetings--October 17, November 15, and November 19--detail the workings of the mayor's office in Wyandotte, Kansas Territory. Some of the main points for discussion included plans to build a jail, and a ferry for the Missouri River. Also, in the last entry, the board passed a motion that all dogs who were unmuzzled and running loose could be "lawfully slain."


Missouri River ferries

Missouri River ferries
Date: Between 1890 and 1920
A history of the ferries and ferry companies that operated in and around the Missouri River, one of which was the Wyandotte Ferry.


Moses Grinter

Moses Grinter
Date: Between 1831 and 1840
Moses Grinter, the first permanent white settler in Wyandotte County, was sent in 1831 by the United States Govemment to establish a ferry across the Kansas River. The ferry crossing served as a military link between Fort Leavenworth and Fort Scott. The first ferry on the Kansas was called the Military Ferry, then Delaware Crossing and Secondine Landing, and finally, Grinter's Ferry. Travelers crossing on the ferry paid $.50 per person and $2.00 per wagon to cross. Grinter settled near the ferry, married Anna Marshall, a Delaware Indian, and raised a family of ten children. The Grinter family first lived in a log house, but in 1857, Moses Grinter built a stately brick house, currently located at K-32 Highway and South 78th Street.


Pappan's Ferry in Topeka, Kansas Territory

Pappan's Ferry in Topeka, Kansas Territory
Creator: Worrall, Henry, 1825-1902
Date: 1857
This is a drawing depicting Pappan's Ferry on the Kansas River in Topeka, Kansas Territory.


Rates of Ferriage in Kansas Territory

Rates of Ferriage in Kansas Territory
Creator: Middaugh, J.
Date: 1861
This rate schedule published rates for ferrying vehicles, animals, and people by a firm whose proprietors were, evidently, J. Middaugh and O. A. Curtis. The rate schedule was printed by the "State Record" and was, apparently, filed with H. C. Covell, chairman of a board in Shawnee County, Kansas Territory.


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