Did you know?
Below are just a few of the many interesting historical observations that can be discovered in the Platte County History Illustrated book.
- Native Americans: In 1836, a treaty was negotiated between the dominant Iowa, Missouri Sac and Fox Tribes at Ft. Leavenworth. For $7,500 and government housing, the “Platte County” was exchanged for reservation land.
- War with Mexico: Platte County sent a number of men to fight in the War with Mexico. In fact, a sword inscribed monument to two local men who were killed in this war stands in the Platte City cemetery.
- Denver, Colorado: James Denver was a spirited youth who worked for a local Platte County newspaper known as the Platte Argus. He would later become territorial governor of Kansas in 1858, and have Denver, Colorado named after him.
- Gold Rush! Platte City sent around 350 people to the California Gold Mines. One half of this number would never return – either from doing well, or from death.
- Cholera Concerns: In 1850, Cholera visited the area with a man who got off the stage and began screaming and cramping. Within 36 hours, he was dead and hastily buried. His name was never learned.
- General David Hunter: General Hunter, stationed at Ft. Leavenworth in 1861, reportedly promised to lay waste to Platte County. When it was suggested he had no power under the Constitution to do so, his reply was, “Damn the Constitution!”
- Platte City Burned: Platte City, as the seat of county government, was burned twice by Federal troops during the War. The town and courthouse was burned in 1861, and the town was again burned in 1864.
- Jesse James in Liberty? In 1866, the Clay County Savings Association at Liberty is robbed in broad day-light, with $60,000 stolen. It’s believed the James-Younger Gang conducted the heist.
- Col. Park, founder of present-day Park University: Amongst Col. Park’s last words to his students were to, “Study the truths of God as given in the Bible and nature. Fear God and keep his commandments…”
- Senator Atchison: Senator D.R. Atchison lived in Platte City from 1841 until 1856, was involved in colonizing Kansas (through present-day Atchison), was a prominent leader during the Border War, and has the claim of being “President for a Day”.