Opperman Harness and Saddle Shop

Opperman Harness and Saddle Shop (HMP25)

Location: Baxter Springs, KS 66713 Cherokee County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 1.498', W 94° 44.108'

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J. P. Opperman, a native of France, came to Baxter Springs in 1871 and established the Opperman Harness and Saddle Shop located on this site. The building is still here, but lies beneath the present facade. Opperman's was one of the most successful businesses in Baxter Springs. This block of buildings was referred to as "Willard's Old Stand" throughout the 19th century.

J. P. Opperman served as mayor of Baxter Springs from 1883 to 1890. Upon retirement, Opperman turned the business over to his son, Charles Opperman, who ran the shop until it closed in 1924, bringing to an end one of the last vestiges of the original cowtown.
HM NumberHMP25
Placed ByBaxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 1:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 345658 N 4099049
Decimal Degrees37.02496667, -94.73513333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 1.498', W 94° 44.108'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 1' 29.88" N, 94° 44' 6.48" W
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Area Code(s)620
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1024 Military Ave, Baxter Springs KS 66713, US
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