Saturday Saunters

Saturday Saunters

This is an opportunity for grandparents, parents and their students to explore together something of cultural or infrastructure interest in the larger Kansas City community. In the past our groups have visited Union Station, the River Market and more! Trips to our local fire station, famous libraries, and other Kansas City staples are on our future list as well as grabbing great food together!

Three Trails Saturday Saunter

When: 9:30-11:30 AM, Saturday, September 25

Where: Meet at Wayne City Landing, aka., the Upper Independence Landing

(East Kentucky Road and North River Boulevard, Independence, Missouri)

What: After taking in the views and historic markers at our meeting place, we will set out and follow the route that the early pioneers took from this landing spot through Independence to New Santa Fe, the last stop before entering the vast Kansas plains, and at that time, mid-1800’s, the end of the United States and the beginning of Indian Territory.

How: Instead of on a wagon drawn by 2 oxen, we will travel by automobile with 150 horses or more!

Who: You! Whitefield families and friends

Points of Interest along the way will include:

  • Wayne City Landing (Upper Independence Landing)
  • Independence Square
  • National Frontier Trails Museum
  • Santa Fe Trail City Park
  • Ray’s Blacksmith Shop
  • The Rice-Tremonti Home
  • Cave Springs and the Barnes Enclosure (Where, if we like, we will stop and stretch, explore the trails, and munch on our brown bag lunch we brought along!)
  • Eighty-Fifth and Manchester Ruts
  • Schumacher Park
  • Hart Grove/Marion Park
  • Minor Park/Blue River Crossing
  • New Santa Fe

All along we will be following the route of the original trail. 

Via Zoom audio, Mr. Laney will be providing background comments as we drive. 

However, if you would like to learn more ahead of time, including brief descriptions of each of the points of interest noted above, search for Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides: Oregon Trail and select Auto Tour Route: MO & KS.

RSVP for any of these events by emailing James Laney at Click here to learn more about our Family Outreach Education program.



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