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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site

A stagecoach with horses stands in front of a historic home.
Visit Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Historic Site in Olathe, Kansas.

Photo/Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Historic Site.

Quick Facts

As the only working stagecoach stop left on the Santa Fe Trail, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm offers unique experiences and opportunities that engage visitors of all ages in discovering 1860s farming, life on the Kansas frontier, and stagecoach travel. 

Arriving in Olathe in 1857 from Logansport, Indiana, James B. and Lucinda Mahaffie purchased the farm site you can visit today.

It is believed the Mahaffies started serving travelers from their first home as early as 1858. By 1864, coaches began using the farm as a stop. Late in 1865 and until about 1870, coach passengers and other hungry travelers took their meals in the basement of the “new” stone farmhouse, designed to serve as a kitchen and dining hall.

Site Information

Available Facilities: The Mahaffie Farmstead is the only known Santa Fe Trail station that is open to the public. It is owned and operated by the city of Olathe.
Exhibits: The house, which is situated on almost 40 acres of land, has been converted into a museum and gift shop. It frequently hosts events connected to Bleeding Kansas and bushwhackers. There is an in-house blacksmith and other various era-specific artisans, along with an outdoor exhibit.

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More Site Information

University of New Mexico Student Essay: Mahaffie House

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Last updated: December 1, 2021