Today, we know Quindaro as a neighborhood located in north Kansas City, Kansas. Originally, Quindaro began as a town named for Nancy Brown Guthrie, whose Indian name was Quindaro.
A Wyandot Indian word meaning a bundle of sticks and interpreted as "in union there is strength, Quindaro began as a boom town a few years after Kansas became a territory of the United States in 1854. The town of Quindaro was located along the Missouri River making it a good location for steamboats to dock. Additionally, Abolitionists resided in the area and were helping slaves escape via the Underground Railroad.
Construction of the town began in 1857. However, a few years later, people began to abandon the town. Eventually, a new group of people, most of African descent, claimed the abandoned farms and buildings in the area. Nevertheless, the site on which the original town of Quindaro fell into ruins. Today, we can view the town's ruins, which have historical landmark status.
Historical photos and documents tied to Old Quindaro also can be viewed at the Old Quindaro Museum, 3432 N 29 St, Kansas City, KS. The Museum focuses on the history and the families that made Quindaro possible.
The following are notable residents from Quindaro.
|Elizabeth May Dickinson
||Dickinson is one of the early pioneers of Wyandotte County, Kansas. She arrived and settled in Quindaro, Kansas in 1859. She later moved to Kansas City, Kansas and became the city's first librarian in 1895.
||The first recorded resident of African descent in the area that is now known as Kansas City, Kansas was a woman named Dorcas, who was brought here by William Walker, Jr. in 1847 to the Wyandot settlement at the mouth of the Kaw (Kansas River).
||Walker was a member and leader of the Wyandot Nation. In 1843, he left Ohio with the Wyandots and settled on land that became known as Kansas City, Kansas. He was appointed Provisional Governor of Nebraska Territory in 1853 serving in that position until the territory was divided into the two territories of Kansas and Nebraska. Governor Walker was a noted writer and historian. Politically he was a Democrat, and supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church South's stance in favor of owning slaves. He was the owner of a female slave named Dorcas and her husband. He freed them both before the start of the Civil War.
The following images relate to Quindaro.
The articles available are from newspapers based in Quindaro or are about the Quindaro area.
The Quindaro Chindowan
Selected Articles from 1857
The Wyandotte Gazette
Selected Articles from 1882
The Kansas City Kansan
Wyandotte West Heritage
The following resources are available through our Kansas Collection and Reference Collection.
|Quindaro ruins history traced
||Quindaro underground railroad history, proposed landfill at site.
The following are additional resources available online that focus on Quindaro.