Wagonmaster's House

Wagonmaster's House (HMY7O)

Location: Shawnee, KS 66203 Johnson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 0.863', W 94° 42.41'

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Richard Williams

Richard Williams was born in Tennessee in 1830, son of Judge Arthur Williams. As a young man, Richard came to Johnson County in the 1850s, employed as a surveyor by the U.S. government. During the 1850s and early 1860s, Dick Williams was a "wagonmaster", escorting wagon trains from Kansas City to Santa Fe and other western destinations.

Sometime in the 1850s, Richard Williams hired the Garrett brothers, stone masons, to build his two-story limestone house on a site allotted in 1857 to Shawnee Indian John Pumpkin. Williams' family tradition says the house was built in 1853, although most likely in 1857-1860. The house became known as the "Wagonmaster's House" on the southeast corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Nieman Road. The old house survived some 100 years until being dismantled in 1959, its limestone rocks removed to Shawnee Mission Park for possible future reconstruction in Old Shawnee Town.
HM NumberHMY7O
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series, and the Santa Fe Trail series.
Year Placed2006
Placed ByCity of Shawnee and State Historical Society of Missouri
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 10:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 352227 N 4319758
Decimal Degrees39.01438333, -94.70683333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 0.863', W 94° 42.41'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 0' 51.78" N, 94° 42' 24.60" W
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Area Code(s)913, 785, 816
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10405 W 63rd Terrace, Shawnee KS 66203, US
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