Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area was donated to the Kansas Forestry Fish
& Game Commission through Wildtrust from Dr. and Mrs. Edwin J.
Frick of Manhattan. It is now owned by Kansas Wildlife & Parks. The 59 acres of Deep Creek provide public access to
one of the most scenic areas of the northern flint hills region.
Located seven miles southeast of Manhattan, the natural flat rock
crossing was named for pioneer J.H. Pillsbury*, who settled here in 1855.
The native limestone rock layer that makes up
the road crossing has been used to cross Deep Creek since
During normal stream flow, you can canoe, kayak or take a small boat
upstream as far as 1/2 mile. Birdwatching is popular and a small hiking
trail is provided. There is good channel cat fishing on both upstream and
downstream of the crossing. Also, Pillsbury Crossing is one of the areas
in the state where spotted bass occur naturally. Other fish which may
be found are Largemouth bass, bullhead and carp.
|Photo courtesy Eldon Clark|
*MORE INFORMATION ON JOSIAH PILLSBURY
Click here to find historical document excerpts below from the Kansas State Historical Society. Thanks to Dennis Toll for finding this information.
NOTE 2.-Josiah Hobart Pillsbury was born August 15, 1821, at Hebron, New Hampshire. He came to Kansas in
1854 with the third party of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, remaining
at Lawrence during the winter. The next spring he went up into what is now
Riley County, pre-empted land and located the Zeandale colony in what later
became Zeandale township.
He was a member of the Topeka constitutional
convention and of the famous Topeka legislature of 1856, and was also elected
a delegate to the Leavenworth constitutional convention. In June, 1863, Mr.
Pillsbury moved to Manhattan, where he established the Manhattan Independent,
maintaining that paper until 1868. In 1869 he was appointed postmaster,and
reappointed in 1875. He was also county surveyor from 1863 to 1872.
He was twice
married, first to Miss Nora L. Pevier, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Pevier,
of Franklin, New Hampshire, April 16, 1853. She died July 15, 1868. In November,
1870, he was married to Mrs. Emma Steele, of Terre Haute, Indiana. Mr. Pillsbury
died at Manhattan November 12, 1879.