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FINALLY!!! The bugs are worked out of the layout, and our site is back in play! Check back often because you'll see a lot of new information on this site in almost every category!

The site is rolling out in phases.

Phase I - Basic Formatting: Implementing the new drop down menu feature, breaking the site into individual sections and providing access to new materials (a HUGE influx of new documents!)

Phase II -Additional Features will be Added:

Email Update List: Visitors can sign up for automatic updates when material has been added to wyandot.org

Search Function: will help viewers find the data they need

Java and Web Widget Galleries: viewers will be able to view historic photos and other archival data



Wyandot History in Kansas

In 1S43, the Wyandots were forced to leave Ohio. Prior to moving to Kansas, the Wyandots sent out three scouting parties to appraise land in the Kansas-Missouri area. It was decided that the tribe would purchase land from the Shawnee. That land is today Westport and the Country Club Plaza.

The Wyandots traveled to the Kansas City area from Cincinnati Ohio aboard 2 ferries, one piloted by "an abusive bigot'. When they arrived in Kansas City, the sale of the land was held up by the Indian agent in the area. With no land on which to settle, the Wyandots were placed on government land which is today the old stockyards. On December 23, 1843, the Wyandots purchased thirty-six sections of land from the Delaware Indians for $46,080. They were given additional three sections by the Delaware in appreciation for the land we gave to them in Ohio. The Spring of 1844 was warm and dry until May, when it began to rain. Rain continued for six weeks, falling every day. The result is that the Kaw River rose so high that what is now Kansas City, Kansas, and west Kansas City, Missouri was covered with fourteen feet of water. 100 out of 700 Wyandots died. These were the first burials at Huron Indian Cemetery in Kansas City Kansas.

The town of Wyandott was established on what is today downtown Kansas City, Kansas. The names of prominent Wyandots still mark the streets: Armstrong, Tauromee, Splitlog, Clark. In 1855, when the Wyandots became citizens of the U.S., the Wyandot purchase was divided between the tribal members into 80 acre lots, However some received less.

In 1856, 13 tribal members put together their 80 acre allotments to form the town of Quindaro, which was the first free port on the Missouri river. The town's name was chosen to honor Nancy Quindaro Guthrie. Quindaro is a Wyandot word which has been Interpreted as "Strength in Unity."

Map of Shawnee and Wyandot Land in Kansas

Wyandots in Kansas Territory 1843-September 30, 1843

 a letter from Rev. James Wheeler giving a detailed description of the hardships encountered by the Wyandots having relocated from Upper Sandusky Ohio to Kansas Territory

Wyandots in Kansas Territory 1844

First person accounts of the trials faced by the Wyandots during the first year of living in Kansas. Includes accounts of the flood of 1844 and ill-fated rescue attempts by Wyandots to save their fellow tribal members.

History of the Quindaro

A basic primer of information about Quindaro, an Abolitionist Town and Freeport founded by Wyandot Indians in Kansas.

Wyandots in the Civil War

A listing of men from Wyandotte County Kansas who served in the Civil War including many Wyandot tribal members.

The Wyandots by William Walker Jr.

From the Journal of William Walker Jr. Oct., 1848 Wyandot Nation Turtle Clan and First Provisional Governor of the Nebraska Territory

Journal of William Walker Jr. Book in PDF format

Read the entire journal written by William Walker Jr, and get a glimpse into the daily life in a Civil War Kansas

Wyandot Rolls of 1867

This document lists the Wyandots living in Kansas and Oklahoma and gives denotes those "Citizen" Wyandots that never conscented to becoming US Citizens

Map of the Quindaro Townsite

The Quindaro Chindowan - Quindaro Newspaper and historic townsite information (External Link to KCKCCWebsite)


The Emigrant Tribes: Wyandot Delaware and Shawnee, A Chronology in PDF format

by Larry Hancks
A good overview of Wyandot history from pre-Columbian contact to the 1800s

Cover to 1799

1800 to 1850

1851 to 1859

1860 to End

Appendices and Bibliography