DescriptionIncorporated in 1854, Leavenworth is the oldest city in Kansas. In 1857 the firm of Russell, Majors & Waddell made the rapidly growing community the headquarters of their vast overland transportation system. In April 1860 the company's other venture, the Pony Express, used lightweight riders on fleet ponies to speed the mail from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., in as little as 9 days. Completion of the transcontinental telegraph in October 1861 rendered the service obsolete.
Leavenworth Landing Park, on the Missouri River at 100 Cherokee St., commemorates the city's role as “Gateway to the West.” It features sculptures of a locomotive and a covered wagon as well as depictions of a railroad roundhouse and paddlewheel steamship. Interactive displays depict historical images along the 4-mile walking trail; phone (913) 651-2203.
Visitor InfoLeavenworth Convention & Visitors Bureau 100 N. 5th St. LEAVENWORTH, KS 66048. Phone:(913)682-4113
Self-guiding toursMaps featuring area driving and walking tours are available from the convention and visitors bureau.
Things to SeeCarroll Mansion