Headworks International has installations all over the United States and in over 40 other countries. We are always interested to learn about the community our equipment serves. One interesting place is Topeka, Kansas.
As the United States grew in the mid-1800s, the West was settled by families heading west on the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri. On their path, they had to cross the Kansas River. There seems to be some controversy regarding how many brothers started the first ferry to cross the Kaw River, but whether it was three or four, apparently the brothers had each married Native American women from the Kanza tribe and settled in the area. They established a ferry crossing approximately 60 miles from Independence. As traffic grew on the Oregon Trail, the military built a new road that also crossed there and it became a regular stop for steamboats on the river taking grain east and bringing finished goods west into the new territory.