Leavenworth County Kansas

These letters have been donated to the web site by Debra Graden of the Leavenworth County Genealogical Society. While not literary gems these letters are typical of the times and gave clear insight into conditions and problems of Kansas Territory in the pre-state period, 1857 to 1861. If the letters overly stress chances of profit and speculation, such was typical. Kansas was newly opened to settlement and experienced the credit strain and scramble for land and property characteristic of all new country development. These letters will be published in The Leavenworth Times on Sundays and Thursdays and reprinted in the LVGS Rooting Around. They vary in length, content, and interest, but taken as a whole they give an excellent picture of early Leavenworth and early Kansas.