Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
Buffalo Bill Cody, Lincoln and Buffalo Soldiers all got their start here in Leavenworth.
Buffalo Bill Cody is counted as a native son, having grown up in the Salt Creek Valley. His father was killed in the Bleeding Kansas troubles and he used to roam the streets of town with his boyhood friends. He began his career here, working first for Russell, Majors and Waddell, then serving under Anthony in the Kansas Volunteers and finally leaving to work as a buffalo hunter for the Kansas Pacific railroad.
Abraham Lincoln came to Leavenworth in 1859, seeking the Republican nomination for President. After having sparse audiences at earlier meetings he was delighted with his reception in Leavenworth where thousands gathered to hear him speak. He stayed almost a week, sampling the famous Leavenworth beer, converting his hosts to outspoken advocates of abolition and causing the town authorities to close Mrs. Reiley's brothel for the duration of his visit.
Buffalo Soldiers were comprised of black soldiers in the 9th & 10th Cavalry Regiments. Headquartered in Louisiana and Leavenworth, Kansas, these troopers proved their bravery and valor throughout the Indian Wars. They won the respect of the Cheyenne warriors who named them "Buffalo Soldiers", a badge of honor accepted and worn with pride by these black cavalry troopers. A monument, dedicated in 1992 at Fort Leavenworth, was initiated by General Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who had been stationed at the fort in the 1980's.
The Frontier Military Scenic Byway extends roughly 167 miles tying Fort Leavenworth to the north with Fort Scott at the south and then onward to the Oklahoma border. It follows K-5 out of Leavenworth to I-435, then follows U.S. 69 and Alternate U.S. 69 to the state line. The route approximates the old military trail used by the Army to transport troops and supplies between the frontier forts. The byway offers visitors many unique historic, natural and cultural attractions and site.
Glacial Hills Scenic Byway
The Glacial Hills Scenic Byway begins at the intersection of K-7 and K-92 in Leavenworth, Kansas, and extends 63 miles north through the Glacial Hills of northeast Kansas. This byway visits the communities of Atchison, Leavenworth, Troy and White Cloud which represent the earliest days of pioneer settlement of Kansas along the Missouri River.
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