Thursday, January 8, 2015
Riverfront Park in Leavenworth Kansas
The Kansas Historical Marker says:
"The City of Leavenworth
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 was set under and elm tree on the levee. The newspaper came "even before our sins," a journalist wrote later. Within four years Leavenworth's population had soared beyond 10,000 as steamboats and freighting wagons, supplying western forts and the ever advancing frontier, made business boom.
"Buffalo Bill" Cody, William T. Sherman, and Fred Harvey were early area residents before they won fame respectively as an army scout and showman, Civil War general, and restauranteur. Abraham Lincoln, on a speaking tour, spent four days here in December 1859. The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, established in 1858, operates nearly 100 schools and colleges, including nearby St. Mary.
Prisons abound near Leavenworth. South, at Lansing, are the state penitentiary and women's industrial farm, while north of the city are the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth and the federal penitentiary. The historic Fort Leavenworth - Fort Gibson military road, laid out in 1837, passed near this marker."
WOW- There's TONS of history here. I've definitely got to get out and explore and explain more. One thing I love about travel is the way separate places link together to form a web of relations. I'll try to call them out as I find them- for example we visited Buffalo Bill's grave when we were in Colorado. And the Mormon Battalion, which journeyed through Southern Arizona, began their trek here at Ft Leavenworth. So, if anyone ever asks you what Buffalo Bill, Lewis and Clark, and the Mormon Battalion have in common, now you know- they've all been through Leavenworth Kansas!
Nearest City: Leavenworth, Kansas
Location: East end of Dakota Street in Leavenworth
Time Needed: 30 minutes
Kid Friendly: yes
Additional Info: Riverfront Park Website