View of Kansas City, Wyandotte County, K.S., 1869 / drawn & published by A. Ruger.
This bird’s-eye view print of Kansas City, Kansas was drawn and published by Albert Ruger, Merchants Lith. in 1869. Kansas City was settled in the 1850's at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers. A ferry at that location prompted many to settle here beginning in the 1830's.
Upon purchasing land from the Indians in the 1850's, speculators laid out the town, which they intended to call Wyandotte. With only a few standing buildings, Wyandotte lots were put up for sale on March 8, 1857. Prospective buyers were led through town by a fife and drum marching band.
Steamships brought many settlers to the new town. Growth slowed in the years surrounding the American Civil War. Wyandotte County was formed in 1859, with Wyandotte as county seat. Kansas was made a state in 1861. Kansas City grew rapidly after the war.
The Hannibal Bridge across the Missouri spurred even more growth. The bridge was completed in 1869 and Wyandotte became economically joined to its Missouri state neighbors in the City of Kansas. Both adopted the name Kansas City at that time.
The illustration shows labeled roads, buildings, waterways and railroad route. An inset illustration features the Public School. The steamer W. J. Lewis is displayed on the river.
Features references to the following locations:
- Court House.
- Public School.
- Dunnings Hall.
- Asylum for the Blind.
- U. R. R. W. Depot.
- Congregational Church.
- Catholic Church.
- Episcopal Church.
- German Methodist Church.
- South Methodist Church.
- North Methodist Episcopal Church.
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