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Charles Keeler to Governor Thomas Carney

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Keeler, Capt Chas. G.

Shawnee May 8th/63

Gov Thomas Carney


Dear Sir

I visited Your City when you was at Washington for the purpos of assertaining something in regard to the location of the bridge about to be built by the people of your city acrost the Kansas.  I have only to say that if it is located well down the River say at the Chouteau Ferry, Your city would get the trade of Southern Kansas and a large portion of the Santfee Trade, but if it is located further up the River, it will throw the trade to Kansas City, if your people will locate the Bridge at the Chouteau Ferry, it will accomidate the people of Johnson County so much that I believe I can get the County to take Stock and issue their “bonds” at any rate I will give it a desperate try, I am satsfide a majority of the voters will go for it and as I am practically aquainted with Bridge building your people had better make


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me one of the manageing men in the matter, the people of this County would not take Stock or permit the County to give bonds at any other location – that is near the Center of the County and would be a location for a commercial Town in the County provided the Rail Roads from Kansas City wish Runs on this side of the River,  and can get the lands for myself & friends –

Verry Respectfully Yours Chs. G. Keeler


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Capt. Keeler, Johnson Co. in relation to bridge –

Keeler, Capt. Chas. G.

Shawnee, Johnson Co.

(from Gum Springs)

Advises location of Topeka bridge at Chouteau ferry, thereby securing trade of Sou. Kan.

May 8, 1863


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