Historic Wayside Tour #6Before you stands the manufacturer's bank building; once headquarters for the freighting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell. Fort Leavenworth's strategic location made it the logical logistical supply center to support the U.S. Army throughout the west, but the Army did not have the capability to transport the volume of supplies needed. So in 1855, the Army awarded a two-year contract to William Russell, Alexander Majors, and William Waddell; the most experienced freighters of that time. The partnership hired 1,700 men as teamsters, purchased 7,500 head of oxen and 500 wagons. They established a field headquarters in the infant town of Leavenworth along with a blacksmith shop, wagon repair shop, lumberyard, meat processing plant and dry goods, outfitting, and grocery stores; helping the town to become firmly established in the Kansas Territory.
|Series||This marker is part of the Pony Express National Historic Trail series|
|Placed By||City of Leavenworth|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 3:45pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 335029 N 4353838|
|Decimal Degrees||39.31823333, -94.91368333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 19.094', W 94° 54.821'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 19' 5.64" N, 94° 54' 49.26" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 330 Delaware St, Leavenworth KS 66048, US|
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