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Certificate of recommendation for Sutomoni

Certificate of recommendation for Sutomoni
Creator: Hatterscheidt, John G.
Date: July 1854
This item, which contains the original document and a more-legible copy of the original, is a certificate written by John P. Hatterscheidt that vouches for the character of Indian Chief Sutomoni, who was recommended to Hatterscheidt by W. Quicke.

Courthouse in Independence, Missouri

Courthouse in Independence, Missouri
Creator: Meyer, Herrmann J.
Date: 1854
A copy of an engraving of the courthouse in Independence, Missouri. The reproduction first appeared in "United States Illustrated" and depicts the early settlement of Independence and its courthouse. Located along the Kansas and Missouri border, the town was considered the "Queen City of Trails" because it was the point of departure for the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails.

Leigh R. Webber to Miss Brown

Leigh R. Webber to Miss Brown
Creator: Webber, L. R.
Date: February 1, 1862
A letter written by Leigh R. Webber from Kansas City, Missouri, addressed to Miss Brown, a daughter of John Stillman Brown, a Unitarian minister who lived west of Lawrence. Webber mainly discusses camp life in Kansas City and the unruly behavior of his fellow soldiers, particularly regarding thievery and drunkenness.

Map of North America from the latest authorities showing the proposed railroad routes from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans

Map of North America from the latest authorities showing the proposed railroad routes from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.
Date: 1854
Map of North America detailing the proposed railroad routes across the United States and routes to Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, and Jamaica. A table of geographical statistics and a table of distances, as well as an illustration of Pyramid Lake in California, are included. This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.

Mormon trail

Mormon trail
Date: Between 1910 and 1940
These accounts describe travel on the Mormon trail, which went from Independence, Missouri, through several southeast Kansas counties, eventually exiting the state through Washington County. This trail was primarily used by Mormons who were heading west to settle in Utah during the 1840s through the 1860s

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