Frank Stahl: A Life on the Prairie

Francis Marion (Frank) Stahl was born in Ohio in 1841 and moved to Kansas in 1857. He rode the Santa Fe trail twice, prospected in Colorado, fought in the Civil War and Indian Wars, served as chief of police in Topeka, and was a leader in the Kansas temperance movement. (Click here for a short bio published in 1918.) The materials below are in his own words.
You are also invited to browse the digital archive below for copies of many original documents about Frank and his family back to the late 1700s.


SANTA FE TRAIL DIARY

1865 cattle drive from Leavenworth, Kansas
to Fort Union, New Mexico


ONE-WAY TICKET TO KANSAS

Autobiography
( U. of Kansas Press, 1959)


PERSONAL DIARY

(1869 through 1885)


Archive of digital documents about the Stahl family, from 1790 onwards



Many thanks to Teresa San Martin for sharing the original diaries.
Feel free to use any of these materials, but please use common courtesy and give appropriate credit.


(Site last updated on 12 August 2019)