Elwood - Marker #5
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 45.052 W 094° 52.230
15S E 339750 N 4401779
Historical marker commemorating the active history of Elwood, Kansas.
Waymark Code: WM1KHJ
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 05/27/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 50

Marker Name: Elwood

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker text:
Elwood, first called Roseport, was established in 1856. In its heyday scores of river steamboats unloaded passengers and freight at its wharves and every 15 minutes ferry boats crossed to its Missouri rival, St. Joseph. During the 1850s thousands of emigrants outfitted here for Oregon and California. Late in 1859, Abraham Lincoln, seeking the Republican nomination, here first set foot in Kansas, and spoke in the three-story Great Western Hotel. Elwood was the first Kansas station on the Pony Express between Missouri and California. Construction of the first railroad west of the Missouri River began here in 1859. On April 23, 1860, the first locomotive, "The Albany," was ferried over and pulled up the bank by hand. Elwood's ambitions for greatness were thwarted, not by St. Joe, but by the river, which undermined the banks and washed much of the old town away.

Marker Location: Doniphan

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Marker Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Official Marker Number: Not listed

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