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Kansas Historical Marker

Delaware Crossing And The Grinter Ferry

Kansas State Historical Marker
Wyandotte County
K-32 (Kaw Drive), Wyandotte County
Roadside turnout, east of I-435 Interchange
      Just east of this marker, at a point where an old Indian trail led to the water's edge, Moses Grinter established the first ferry on the Kansas River. The year was 1831, and Grinter became the earliest permanent white settler in the area. His ferry was used extensively by travelers over the Fort Leavenworth-Fort Scott military road, and by traders, freighters and soldiers traveling between the forts or to Santa Fe. This place was known as Military or Delaware Crossing, and sometimes as Secondine, and here the first non-mlitary post office in Kansas was established on September 10, 1850.