Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lincoln Visit to Kansas

Today is Lincoln's birthday. In honor of our past president, I searched the archives to see what could be found. One item found is an article from the Kansas City Star.

Lincoln Visited Kansas On Tour 100 Years Ago
Published in Kansas City Star, February 8, 1959

One hundred years ago Abraham Lincoln came to Kansas at the invitation of Mark W. Delahay. Delahay was the founder of the Territorial Register at Leavenworth, and the Wyandotte Register of present-day Kansas City, Kansas. He had worked as a traveling newspaperman and had met and married Miss Louisiana Hanks, a cousin of some degree to Abraham Lincoln, who bore him some family resemblance, and of whom Lincoln was very fond.
It was December 18, 1859, when Lincoln arrived in St. Joseph, after a trip across Missouri on the Hannibal & St. Joseph railroad, which had just been completed.
The station was in the south part of town and Lincoln was met by Delahay and D. W. Wilder and taken uptown in a hack. Lincoln wished to be shaved, so they took him to a barber shop near the Planters House and wilder went to the news-stand and bought the New York and Chicago papers for him. Later in the day they went to the ferry landing and crossed to Elwood, Kas., and registered at the Great Western hotel, a large, rambling frame building.
That night Lincoln spoke in the hotel dining room. 

The Kansas State Historical Society article, "The Centennial of Lincoln's Visit to Kansas," provides additional information about his visit.

Nemaha County Historical Society Archive

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