Tonganoxie Historical Research

artifacts and historical information

The artifacts on display in the museum are but a fraction of the artifacts and historical information that is housed at the historical site. There are many documents and photographs in the archives that are waiting for local history research projects.

Our volunteers can assist in genealogic research, as well as other local history research.
Call Laurie Walters, 913-796-6373 , for additional information.

Vignettes of Yesteryear

  • The Franklin Ice Cream Corporation was located in Tonganoxie on the banks of Tonganoxie Creek. This photo is ca. early 1930's

  • The Interior of Zoellner's Mercantile, 1905

Tid Bits from The Past

  • From the Tonganoxie Mirror February 25, 1915

    The old ice plant of the Kansas Condensed Milk Co., originally brought I here by J.W. Reed, the promoter, will be shipped away this week, to Pleasant Hill, Mo. The shipment not only includes the ice making machinery but also the two large boilers. The buyers of the old plant are the Crescent Creamery Company, of Kansas City and they will erect the outfit in Pleasant Hill. A large force of men have been busy the past week, taking apart the machinery.

  • A Bad Runaway March 25, 1915

    When Fount Huffman drove his team around the corner at the home of Dr. Slaughter Saturday morning, the animals got scared and become unmanageable. They straddled a tree in front of the home of Mayor Farrell, and before they got through had knocked out the end of Will Young's spring wagon. Mr. Huffman was thrown out and bruised some, and the buggy and harness were so badly damaged that the wreckage is not worth much. The delivery horse of the Zellner Mercantile Co., got scared at the commotion and badly tore its harness, but did not get away.


As a non-profit, privately funded organization run by volunteers, we have found that we must charge for copies that are reproduced by request. Our charges are:

Black & White copies - $0.15 each
Color Copies - $0.50 each
Copies on photo paper - $1.00 each