Marshall County

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The Oregon-California Trail carried more than 100,000 settlers west over the prairies of the future state of Kansas in the mid-1800s. Pioneers and Pony Express riders crossed the Big Blue River at Independence Crossing or at Frank Marshall's ferry near present-day Marysville. In 1846, members of the Donner Party discovered and named Alcove Spring, now one of 20 county sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Kansas Territorial Legislature established Marshall County in 1855. After the Civil War, rich soil and abundant water attracted farmers, and its location attracted railroads and industry. Today, the same occupations still sustain the 16 towns and villages. As the "Gateway to the Flint Hills," the county's rolling hills are dotted with picturesque prairie, woods, limestone outcrops, rivers, and creeks. Even though the county is a crossroads for modern highways US 36 and US 77, pioneer wagon ruts are still visible in Marshall County.
ISBN: 9781467113014
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Kansas
Series: Images of America
Images: 229
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Sherrill Wadham Sparks is the great-granddaughter of early Marshall County settlers. Although born and raised in Southern California, she and her family spent portions of many summers in Marysville, her father's childhood home. Images for this volume were selected from more than 5,000 photographs in the Marshall County Historical Society's collection.
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