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The Story of Kansas City, Kansas

"Moses Grinter"

When you drive out Highway 32 along the Kansas River, just beyond Muncie you will see on your right a beautiful old brick house.  On the green, sloping lawn facing the river is the sign, "Grinter House."

This home once belonged to Moses Grinter, said to have been the first permanent white settler in Kansas.  In 1831 the government sent him to operate a ferry across the river.  The ferry was needed to carry supplies from Fort Leavenworth to points in central and southern Kansas.

Today Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hanson own the Grinter place.  They have enjoyed repairing and furnishing it so that it looks much as it did a hundred years ago when the Grinter family lived in it.  Mrs. Hanson, if you give her enough notice, will cook a dinner for you in the old kitchen and serve it in one of the pleasant rooms overlooking the river.   [Annotation:  In the 1960's you could take your family to the Grinter House for a family style dinner served in various rooms.  However, over the year the people traffic took its toll on the house.  In 2003, dinners are no longer served in the main house, and you can view the Grinter House only on tour.]

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