Upcoming in Kansas City, Mo.
Wayne City Landing
Presentation by Dr. Matt Mallinson, Mayor of Sugar Creek, and Audrey Elder, historical property specialist and owner of Past to Present Research
These dedicated local historians will talk about the pioneers, gold prospectors, traders, goods and wealth that came out of Wayne City Landing, one of the first steamboat landings in western Missouri to connect to the Santa Fe Trail. This is the only location in the country where four National Historic Trails – the Lewis and Clark, the Santa Fe, the Oregon and the California – overlap.
Time and Place
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Westport CoffeeHouse Theater
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Presentation by Dr. Matt Mallinson, Mayor of Sugar Creek, MO, and Audrey Elder, historical property specialist and owner of Past to Present Research
Where – Westport Coffeehouse Theater – 4010 Pennsylvania Ave. Kansas City, MO
When- Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6 p.m. – Social Hour
7 p.m. – Presentation. Presentation will be filmed – After 7 PM, Please enter through Green Room Burgers
PLUS – This presentation will be streaming live on KCDV.tv!
Presentation is FREE and open to the public!
In the 1830s, the way west for goods and pioneers was up the Missouri River to Wayne City Landing. The landing no longer exists but the bluff overlooking it is in the town of Sugar Creek now. Offloading at the Landing, the pioneers and the goods then made their way uphill to Independence and from there headed west on the California, Santa Fe or Oregon Trails. The port was named Wayne City Landing to honor Lt. Anthony Wayne who camped on the bluffs in 1825 while keeping the Kaw Indians confined to their land to the west.
The first railroad west of the Mississippi River was built between Wayne City Landing and Independence to accommodate the traffic of people and supplies the river delivered from the East. It operated on wooden rails with ox-drawn carts from 1850 to 1852.
Two dedicated local historians, Dr. Matt Mallinson, Mayor of Sugar Creek, and Audrey Elder, historical property specialist and owner of Past to Present Research, will talk about the pioneers, gold prospectors, traders, goods and wealth that came out of Wayne City Landing.
Westport CoffeeHouse – 4010 Pennsylvania Kansas City, Mo – www.westportcoffeehouse.com
The Westport CoffeeHouse is in the Westport entertainment area, midtown KC, south of downtown and north of the Plaza. The main intersection is Westport Rd and Broadway. From this intersection, go west on Westport Rd one block to Pennsylvania. Turn north (right).
OR you can get there from the intersection of Southwest Trafficway and Westport Rd. Go east on Westport Rd to Pennsylvania. Turn north (left).
Westport Coffee House is approximately one block down on the west side of Pennsylvania. Parking can be had either south of the coffee house in the large parking lot or just north of the coffee house alongside the building. Enter through Green Room Burgers or Westport CoffeeHouse.
Resources and Links
Dig deeper for more info.
- Sugar Creek Historical Society website
- “Historic Landing” – Independence Examinar article on re-dedication of Wayne City Landing – Oct. 25, 2008
- “Independence – Queen City of the Trail” – article.
- “Past to Present Research” – historic home restoration by Audrey Elder.
The Big Muddy Speakers Series in Kansas City
is hosted by these wonderful partners!
- Little Blue River Watershed Coalition
- Friends of Lakeside Nature Center
- Missouri River Relief
- Healthy Rivers Partnership
- Friends of Big Muddy
- Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
- Kansas City Digital Video
Thanks to all of our venue hosts for making this possible! Click here for a list of upcoming presentations» The Big Muddy Speaker Series is also held monthly in Rocheport and St. Charles.
Kansas City Digital Video is now streaming these presentations LIVE! Go here to connect during the presentation.
Recordings of Presentations
Kansas City Digital Video has been recording Big Muddy Speaker Series presentations. These are available on their website at this link. Some contain synchronized powerpoint presentations. We will be posting these to the archived presentation pages on bigmuddyspeakers.org. Thanks Micheal Morgan and crew for putting this important archive online!
The Big Muddy Speaker Series is partially funded by the Columbia Ecological Services Field Office (USFWS) and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.