Frank Stahl: A Life on the Prairie

Francis Marion (Frank) Stahl came to Kansas in 1857 when he was 16. 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 1918 bio.) The diaries below were transcribed from copies of his handwritten originals. The autobiography, based on his own notes, was transcribed from the published book.
You may enjoy browsing the digital archive below for copies of many original documents about Frank and his family back to the 1700s.

Santa Fe Trail Diary

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

One-Way Ticket to Kansas

Autobiography, University of Kansas Press

Personal daily diaries

1869 through 1885, with some gaps


Archive of digital documents about the Frank and the Stahl family, from the 1700s onwards


Many thanks to Teresa San Martin for sharing the original diaries. (Site last updated on 30 April 2020)
Please feel free to use any of these materials, but please use common courtesy and give appropriate credit.