Troy (HMVWO)

Location: Troy, KS 66087 Doniphan County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 47.59', W 95° 3.166'

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Two miles west is Troy, named for the famous city of Greek antiquity. Following the organization of Doniphan county in 1855 Troy was named the county seat and business began there in 1856. Initially it played a secondary role to such Missouri river towns as Elwood, Iowa Point and White Cloud, but the coming of the railroad in 1869 made it more important than those communities which depended on the river for their economic life.

Presidential aspirant Abraham Lincoln provided a noteworthy day for Troy early in December, 1859, when he spoke on issues of national politics and the slavery question. In 1860-1861 the city was a station on an alternate route of the Pony Express which began at St. Joseph.

In 1872 Sol Miller, one of Kansas' most outspoken newspaper editors, moved his Kansas Chief, founded at White Cloud in 1857, to Troy. Miller's writing, uninhibited even for that day, frequently left his friends chortling and his victims fuming.

Among nationally prominent persons once a part of this community were C.J."Buffalo" Jones, who in the 1880s helped save the buffalo from extinction, and Charles E. Whittaker, justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1957-1962, whose birthplace was seven miles southwest of this marker.
Series This marker is part of the Kansas: Kansas Historical Society series
Marker Number86
Placed ByState Historical Society and State Highway Commission
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 5:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 324242 N 4406816
Decimal Degrees39.79316667, -95.05276667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.59', W 95° 3.166'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 35.40" N, 95° 3' 9.96" W
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Area Code(s)785, 913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1296 Ottumwa Rd, Troy KS 66087, US
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