1857 Samuel Tipton Stagecoach House
Mineral Point (Westphalia/Harris area)
Garnett, KS 66032
Phone: (785) 489-2444
Tour this rare historic site on a once busy wagon trail between Leavenworth and Dodge City. The 1857 stagecoach house is located on the highest point in Anderson County,Kansas (known as Mineral Point), southwest of Harris. The sandstone house with stone chimney overlooks a wondrous view. The massive stones used to create this structure were quarried from a hillside on the property. The walnut lumber used to finish the home was hauled by ox-led wagons from Leavenworth. As a stagecoach and mail stop, this structure still adorns the mailboxes, and openings in the sandstone under the porch which was used to shoot weapons, if necessary, to prevent invasion by trespassers or attacks by Indians. Built by Samuel Tipton, his family lived on the second story, while the first floor served as a general store and post office. Stagecoach passengers or persons following the trail from Leavenworth to Dodge City would often seek lodging accommodations on the third floor. Mineral Point was given its name during a 4th of July celebration in 1857, for the different types of minerals found on the property, including the sandstone, coal and others. Tipton also noted for bringing the first white-faced shorthorn cattle into this area. Take a covered wagon ride (or hike at your leisure) and visit Inspiration Point, Meditation Garden, viewing the wagon trail ruts on property, a WPA lake and where coal was dug. Tours require advance notice and a small fee is charged. Overnight lodging "Bed and Brunch" available upon request. NRHP. Closed Sundays.