The Historic Trails Park commemorates early day trails and the rope ferry which Frank Marshall operated on the Big Blue River in the 1850s. A full sized replica of the ferry, built by local craftsmen, is on display.
Eight trails converged to cross the river at this point - the Oregon & California Trails, the Morman Trail, the St. Joe Road, the Overland stagecoach route, the Pony Express, the military road and the Otoe-Missouria Trail, which Native Americans from this area took to a new reservation in Oklahoma.
The ferry was used by emigrants, soldiers, gold seekers and travelers. At times hundreds of covered wagons garthered near this site waiting for their turn to cross. Near the ferry Frank Marshall had a trading post, a blacksmith shop and a few log homes. In 1854 he established a post office, naming it Marysville for his wife. The post office at Marysville is now the oldest civilian post office in continual operation in Kansas.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: The park is located West of Marysville near the river. Take US 77 South out of Marysville. Immediately after crossing the south overpass, turn left. Follow the levee road 1.5 miles around the outside of the trains. Turn left into the park before you cross under the west overpass.
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