Charles Francis Himes Travel Journal 03-15-1857

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Himes, Charles Francis. Travel Journal, 1857. MC 2000.1, Charles Francis Himes Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, p. 3-4.
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Himes, Charles Francis
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Leah Suhrstedt
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Sunday, March 15th about daylight landed at Wayne City & Independence landing & discharged a great amt. of freight—this is 7 miles above Liberty which is a small landing having a warehouse or two & situated on a bluff. Ind. landing is a level liable to wear & tear Randolph next below Kansas City not of much account. Reached Kansas city about 9 ½ o’clock (Sunday March 15th). Took a room with Mr. Judson of Elmira N. York two others in the room, we had a fire in it they were clever fellows. Very muddy could not go out much. Wm. H. Russel (boat) passed up, the Amazon & Saturn down. Few passengers on the down boats I wrote a letter home to Helen. In evening they were playing cards in my room. I went to bed early. In morning went to P.O. no letter from Wm Lynch as he had promised. Sent letter to Helen. Took a hack and went to Westport (50c) got there at about 10 1.2 o’clock. Sat around a littel and walked out to the Mission Schools saw Tom Johnson & presented my letter from A. Henridrix. Mrs. Jones, Miss Ege were there he did not introduce me except to his wife. He is a big fat old fellow can’t sit comfortably in a chair, house is furnished in real old Methodist style home made carpet pretty badly worn ladies dressed in silks. Mrs. Jones appears to be a fine woman, rather thin faced, high forehead & black hair. Mrs. Johnson plain add fashioned calico dressed Methodist. We talked on Kansas matters &c. Johnson said they were a National party & had doffed proslaverism because that was sectional & that Geary tried to do as well as he could &c. Advised me to go to council Grove read me a letter from that peace. Its a good place speculation I suppose they are just laying out a town. I did not like the cold hospitality with which be treated me he seemed rather suspicious that I was free state in my sympathies & belonged to the church north. I got up to leave he asked me if I was rested & walked to door with me I bid him good day without shaking hands & left in disgust. The school building is fine large brick & his residence very large brick & several other brick buildings, teachers boarding house, chiefs house &c. There are 3 sections of land with the school and the chief has 2 sections – splendid prairie points projecting into the timber & heavy rolling & right.

Return to Westport sat around. Westport is fine large town very lively general stage depot they depart from here to all parts of the territory & many emitrants pass through here. Stopped at Harris House did not take any meal. Most business looking town I saw. Returned to Kansas City to supper & got my old room. Road to Westport principally though timber about 4 miles. Saw lots of Indians principally civilized. Some pretty squaws. Played euchre straight. I sat back drank a glad of ale and went to be early. Kansas City is a largely laid out place is finely situated abou 1 7/8 miles from mouth of Kansas River on an air line, it is build on very rough ground on irrecular bluff and requires very heavy grading levee and landing pretty good & will be permanent I think. Great forwarding and commission business many going into the territory stop here. The American House kept by Chiles best & only fit house. Some fine residences on the out skirts of town, buildings very much scattered and lots enormously high without much to warrant it. It’s about a mile from the Kansas line. Wynadot City a junction of Kan & Missouri Rivers. North of Kan is in sight contains about 12 houses, an excuse for a hotel & a wharf boat for a storage house. Its finely situated shares originally $700 now up to $1000. I like the location of Wyandotte as it is on a nice knoll. But property is high enough & no good title given.

Quindaro swindle lies 6 miles above Wyandatt. I feel like going to Missouri & settling down to teaching leaving this hum bug country.


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