Friday, July 06, 2018

The Report

On April 26, 1856, an advertisement appeared in the Kansas Weekly Herald, a newspaper out of Leavenworth.

Wyoming, is the name of a new town recently laid out on the Great Military Road, leading from Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Fort Riley and other Government Ports at the crossing of Ogden creek, in the midst of a rich country abundantly supplied with water, timber of all kinds, and a superior article of Stone Coal.

It is 45 miles west of Leavenworth City, within ten miles of Ozawkee, ten of Indianola and six miles north of Kansas River.

The Lots, Streets and Alleys have been laid out on the most liberal scale, with a view to the conveniences and comfort of settlers.

Many valuable lot have been set apart for public buildings, churches, school-houses, &c. The enterprising Merchant, Mechanic and business man will find it to his interest to visit Wyoming before locating elsewhere, as to such men the most liberal offers will be extended.

The Stockholders are determined to spare neither trouble or expense in making this an important inland point, and with their energy and means they confidently hope that Wyoming will soon become a town worthy of their united efforts and the beautiful region that surrounds it.

A Public Sale of Lots will be made during the Spring, of which the public shall be duly advised, until then but few shares will be disposed of.

Persons desiring further information can obtain the same by applying to the undersigned, Trustees of the Wyoming Association, or to Eastin & Adams, of the Kansas Herald.

Wyoming appeared on early maps, pictured above on a map from 1857, but never made it to the kind of town the advertisement hoping it would become. It's listed in the ad as being in Jefferson County but the map above shows Wyoming in Calhoun County, which is now northern Shawnee County. It was probably named for the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania and was out of existence by 1861.

Today, Wyoming would be located along 70th Street between Kincaid and Sherman Roads along Muddy Creek on the Shawnee/Jefferson county line. If anything existed in Wyoming, nothing remains of it now.

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On the plus side, it's only a one page report so it can't be too important or terrible. But really, let's talk about Veeblefester's picture of himself on his desk. It's been awhile since we've seen it. I'm glad to see it back.