Gateway

Covering St. Joseph, Missouri and Doniphan, Brown & Nemaha Counties, Kansas

1850 Saint Joseph, Missouri

1/7 1850 Saint Joseph, Missouri

Banks Ferry house at Iowa Point Crossing

2/7 Banks Ferry house at Iowa Point Crossing

Belmont Landing on the Missouri River

3/7 Belmont Landing on the Missouri River

St. Joe from the Kansas side - 1861 London Daily News

4/7 St. Joe from the Kansas side - 1861 London Daily News

Courter-Ritchey Cemetery in Doniphan County

5/7 Courter-Ritchey Cemetery in Doniphan County

Iowa-Sac-Fox Presbyterian Mission

6/7 Iowa-Sac-Fox Presbyterian Mission

Shibley Ford Ferry replica Big Blue River

7/7 Shibley Ford Ferry replica Big Blue River

Saint Joe was a major jumping-off point for California and Oregon emigrants from 1844 into the '60s. The Saint Joe Road ran near the Sac and Fox Presbyterian Mission on the way to cross the Big Blue River and meet the Independence Road.

Overview

Gateway Chapter protects and promotes the St. Joe Road in the City and the Northeast Kansas counties of Doniphan, Brown and Nemaha including branches from river crossings at Amazonia and Iowa Point.  Doniphan’s Courter-Ritchey Cemetery contains graves from the 1849 Cholera epidemic.  The Sac tribe built a log crossing on the Wolf River and collected a toll.  In ’52, Francis Marshall set up a ferry service on the Big Blue River.  

      Leadership

      • President: Corky Smith
      • Vice President: Jackie Lewin
      • Secretary: Sandy Smith
      • Treasurer: Fred Sawin
      • Director: Bill Leppert
      • Director: Shirley Meyer
      • Director: Glendon Hartman
      • Director: Cindy Weaver
      • Director: Elaine Hubbard
      • Director: David Berger

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