John A. Mathews Park Historical

John A. Mathews Park Historical (HM1TTN)

Location: Oswego, KS 67356 Labette County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 10.019', W 95° 6.033'

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A Kansas Landmark

This old well is whiteman's improvement to an everlasting spring used by the Indian tribes for ages
and marks the first known white settlement in southern Kansas.
John Mathews settled here to serve as blacksmith for the Osages about 1841 and became their licensed trader in 1847. His slaves dug and walled this well during that period. Mathew's home and trading house was a two story, double log structure located about one hundred, eighty feet west. It stood lengthwise north and south with a large stone fireplace in each end, and was
painted white. His race track and stables were located about two blocks southwest.
The Little Town Band of Osages occupied a village scattered below the bluffs to the east. Little White Hair (Pawhuska) became village chief about 1855, and succeeded to principal chief of the tribe in March 1861. Mathews was killed by Union Soldiers from Ft. Scott September 18, 1861, and his settlement burned. Little White Hair moved his village immediately to a point on the Verdigris near the present Independence, Kansas.
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Date Added Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 313499 N 4115462
Decimal Degrees37.16698333, -95.10055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.019', W 95° 6.033'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 1.14" N, 95° 6' 1.98" W
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Area Code(s)620
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-498 Union St, Oswego KS 67356, US
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