Grinter Place State Historic Site, Kansas City

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Grinter Place is a house on the National Register of Historic Places above the Kansas River in the Muncie neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas.
The house was constructed by Moses Grinter where he and his half-Lenape (Delaware) wife lived until he died in 1878 and she in 1905. Grinter's wife's Indian name was “Windagamen,” which meant “Sweetness.” She was one of about 25 Delaware women who became U.S. citizens when the territory became a state. Near this place, the Delaware Crossing (or "Military Crossing"; sometimes "the Secondine'") allowed passage from the old Indian trail where it met the waters of the Kaw River.
Around 1831, Grinter, one of the earliest permanent white settlers in the area, set up the Grinter Ferry on the Kansas River here. His house, the Grinter Place, still stands. The ferry was used by individuals such as traders, freighters and soldiers traveling between Fort Leavenworth and Fort Scott on the military road. Others would cross this area on their way to Santa Fe. Grinter operated a trading post at the site and later in the home, the oldest remaining in Wyandotte County, between 1855 and 1860. The area was home to the first non-military post office in Kansas.
The property remained in the family until 1950, when it was sold and became a chicken dinner restaurant until the mid-1960s. The property was bought by the state of Kansas in 1971. The site is administrated by the Kansas Historical Society as Grinter Place State Historic Site. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 25, 1971. To visit Grinter Place State Historic Site on your holiday in Kansas City, and find out what else Kansas City has to offer, use our Kansas City.
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  • As a past President of the Grinter Place Friends I would encourage you to take the time to visit the Grinter House and enjoy the history of how it helped shape early Kansas History. 
    As a past President of the Grinter Place Friends I would encourage you to take the time to visit the Grinter House and enjoy the history of how it helped shape early Kansas History.  more »
  • My friend and I took our lunch break one afternoon to explore this historic home. We were given a tour that detailed the history of not only the home but the area rich in KC history. Definitely... 
    My friend and I took our lunch break one afternoon to explore this historic home. We were given a tour that detailed the history of not only the home but the area rich in KC history. Definitely...  more »
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  • An old historic structure with some interpretive materials. Also includes a picnic shelter, restrooms, and a modern event space.
  • Wonderful slice of history. Great tour.

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