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The Story of Kansas City, Kansas


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No land was available when the Wyandots arrived.  Across the Kansas River where the city of Fairway stands today was the home of the Shawnee.   Map of Fairway, KS     Although the Wyandots had once provided homes for them in Ohio, the Shawnees refused to sell.

"The government has said that this land is ours as long as the grass grows and the water runs," they told the Wyandots.  "We will not part with it."

North of the river in a section which is now part of our city, the Delawares lived.  They also were unwilling to sell.

Wyandots who had money rented houses in Westport, a trading post on the Santa Fe Trail.  The poorer members of the tribe camped on a small strip of ground belonging to the government.  This land lay in a triangle between the state line and the Kansas River.  Lewis and Clark had reported that it would be a good place to build a fort.  As it was on low land which flooded easily, the United States engineers built the fort at Leavenworth instead.   Map of Fort Leavenworth

Armour's Packing Company and the Stockyards are located today where the Indians camped that summer.  Map of West Bottoms in Kansas City, KS  

Hundreds put up tents or built shelters out of whatever materials they could find.  The floods had caused the vegetation to rot and become a breeding place for germs.  Before winter came, hundreds were sick, and by October sixty of them had died.

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