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On December 5, 1854, nine men made the wintry trek from the tent city of Lawrence to a small log cabin on the banks of the Kansas River. Huddled in the cold before a smoky fire, this group of men founded a town that became the capital of the 34th state in the union and would play a significant role in American history.
The city of Topeka was incorporated on February 14, 1857. Cyrus K. Holliday is widely regarded as the father of Topeka and served as the city's first mayor. He later drafted the charter for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railway, known today as the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.Col. John Ritchie battled for the abolition of slavery.
Bitter abolitionist and pro-slavery conflict during the 1850s served as a prelude to the Civil War and gave rise to the term Bleeding Kansas. As Kansas approached statehood, Topekans such as Col. John and Mary Jane Ritchie battled for the abolition of slavery. Ritchie's house became a meeting place for the free-state faction and a station along the Underground Railroad.
The State Capital
On Jan. 29, 1861, Kansas was admitted as the 34th state of the union, and Topeka was chosen as the state capital. Cyrus K. Holliday donated land for the construction of a new state capitol building, which was completed in 1903.
Union Pacific Railroad sealAll Aboard!
In 1859, Cyrus K. Holliday created the charter for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The Union Pacific began operating in Topeka in 1866, and Rock Island Railroad followed in 1887.
The Episcopal Church established the College of the Sisters of Bethany in Topeka in 1860. Billed as the Wellesley of the West, the college provided a rare opportunity for women to receive an excellent education.
In 1865, Lincoln College was established by the state and the General Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches of Kansas. In 1868, the college was named Washburn, and eventually became a municipal university. Washburn was largely rebuilt after a 1966 tornado destroyed much of the campus.
Sumner Grade School A Landmark Case
Topeka also was home of the Oliver Brown family, the namesake in Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court case that eliminated the separate but equal standard in American public schools. Unlike the elementary schools in Topeka at that time, Topeka High School had been integrated since the late 1890s.
* Gwendolyn Brooks
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
* Arthur Capper
Editor, Kansas governor, and U.S. senator
* Charles Curtis
Only U.S. vice president of Native American descent
* William C. and Karl Menninger
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Suburban Extended Stay Hotel O'Fallon (Illinois), O'Fallon (Illinois), Illinois - United States (US)
The Suburban Extended Stay hotel is located near several area attractions and local points of interest. This OFallon, IL hotel is minutes from Scott Air Force Base, Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, the MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, the Spirit of St. Louis Airport and Gateway Center multipurpose venue. Downtown St. Louis, MO and its many attractions are just a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Visitors will enjoy spending the day at the Saint Louis Zoo or Saint Louis Science Center. Dont forget to stop and see the famous Gateway Arch. Several restaurants, cocktail lounges and shops are within walking distance. The surrounding area boasts a variety of recreational activities like biking, hiking and riverboat gambling. A number of beautiful golf courses are in the vicinity.The guests of this hotel are invited to enjoy amenities and features like well-equipped kitchens, weekly housekeeping services, free premium cable TV with movie channels, on-site guest laundry facilities, free wireless high-speed Internet access in all rooms, and free local calls. This extended stay hotel also offers free coffee and has a fitness center. Business travelers will appreciate conveniences afforded in the business center like a public computer with Internet access, and access to copy and fax services. Free wireless high-speed Internet access is also provided in all guest rooms. For added convenience, they offer coin-operated laundry facilities for guest use. Ample parking is available for cars, trucks and buses. Handicap accessible and non-smoking rooms can be requested.The guest rooms feature kitchens that include two-burner cooktops, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, cookware, cooking utensils and dishes. In addition, all rooms are furnished with flat-screen TVs, spacious work desks, hairdryers, irons, ironing boards and free expanded cable TV. Selected guest rooms also have sofa sleepers. Rates are based on double occupancy. Charges for extra adults may apply and will be due directly to the hotel. Front Desk Hours: 7a.m.-11p.m. If arriving after hours, please indicate estimated time of arrival on reservation or contact hotel with arrival information. Lock boxes for after hours check-in are located in foyer. Guest key required. Swimming pool hours, 7a.m.-10p.m. Valid credit card required upon check-in. Pet accommodation: 20.00 USD per night. Pet limit: maximum 2 pets per room, maximum 50 lbs.
Pet Friendly, Disabled Access, Non-Smoking Rooms, Refrigerator, Cable / Satellite TV, In Room Movies, Kitchenette, Coffee / Tea Maker, Microwave, Hair Dryer, TV, Wheel Chair Access, Family Room
Fitness Room/Gym, Swimming pool, Golf Course, Golf Course (nearby), Hiking, Fitness Facilities, Pool Indoor
Business Center, Elevator / Lift, Housekeeping, Computer, Desk, Facsimile, Self Laundry
High-speed Internet is available at this hotel. Wireless internet on site.
Parking is available.
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The following questions have been answered for you by Suburban Extended Stay Hotel O'Fallon (Illinois)... What are your breakfast options?We offer no breakfast options on-site, but we are surrounded by numerous restaurants that offer breakfast such as IHOP, Denny's, Cracker Barrel, Panera Bread, Golden Corral, etc. What transport is available to get around?There are several options available for transportation. There are several taxi services available, the public bus system is quite extensive in this area, with a bus stop right in front of the hotel, and there is a metro train system available for a nominal fee that can take a guest from Illinois to Missouri and the various tourist areas in the St. Louis area. What can I do nearby?Within 5 miles radius, there are 2 movie theaters, a major mall, golf courses, and numerous parks. Within 10 miles there are water parks, museums, and historic landmarks. Downtown St. Louis and the Arch are 12 miles away; St. Louis Zoo, Science Center, and art museum are 15 miles away. Do you have internet?We have free wired and wireless internet service available. Do you provide parking?We have free, on-site parking. Parking at the metro station is free and the closest is only 7 minutes away from the property.
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