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The Osawatomie Experience: a historic day-trip

Osawatomie is a great little Kansas day-trip full of history from a time when the state was new and people were passionate about their political positions. The town was a pivotal spot during the Bleeding Kansas fight for freedom. It stakes claim to being the place Kansans were first called "Jayhawkers" and is where the Kansas Republican party was founded. BUT, it is perhaps best known for its relation to the famous abolitionist, John Brown.

Posted on March 26, 2013 2:51PM by Karen Ridder

Frontier Military Byway – more than a military tour

There are so many interesting places to visit along the Frontier Military Scenic Byway, you really need to plan a few days to catch it all. The byway takes you along the border area between Kansas and Missouri. It roughly follows the old military road originally built to link Fort Leavenworth and Fort Scott with military installations further to the south. The area was a hotbed of activity during the Bleeding Kansas fight for statehood. Along the route you will find the site of the Marais des Cygnes massacre, a brutal attack that galvanized guerilla warfare between free-state and pro-slavery forces in territorial Kansas. Nearby Mine Creek Battlefield is the site of the only major Civil War battle fought in Kansas. This scenic byway is not all about the military though. You will find a Santa Fe Trail stop, a stately historic home, several parks and a cider mill. The drive is through a beautiful part of the state with lots of hills and trees as you head south out of Kansas City. It takes you past so many interesting stops you will surely find something to please everyone in the family.

Posted on August 24, 2011 12:27PM by Karen Ridder

Celebrate Lawrence’s Civil-War role in freedom

Activities commemorate the anti-slavery history of this Kansas community

From 1854 to 1861 – years before shots rang out at Fort Sumter in South Carolina, starting the Civil War – Kansas Territory became known as “Bleeding Kansas” for its violent proslavery and abolitionist activity. Forces on both sides repeatedly clashed in skirmishes, sackings and massacres along the Kansas and Missouri border. In the thick of it, Lawrence, Kan., gained the reputation as a center for anti-slavery Jayhawker and Redleg sentiment and activity. The town was also a key stop along the Underground Railroad.

Posted on August 1, 2011 12:44PM by Becky Blake

Found on the Web: Photos reflect Kansas’ 1856 Battle of Black Jack

Kansas photographer snaps dramatic images of re-enactors near Baldwin CityLearn more about Kansas’ heritage – including the pre-Civil War reference “Bleeding Kansas” – by checking out recent photos by photographer Michael C. Snell. Last month, the award-winning and Kansas-based travel photographer shot a re-enactment of the June 2, 1856, Battle of Black Jack near Baldwin City, Kan.

Posted on July 18, 2011 3:26PM by Becky Blake

A Kansas player in the Civil War

Fort Scott has a unique history that follows the growing pains of our country in the middle of the 1800s. The National Historic Site recently marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, but the history of the Army’s presence in the area stretches back to a time when the western edge of Missouri marked the division between white and Indian settlements. 

Posted on April 27, 2011 2:22PM by Karen Ridder

Kansas’ 1861 Decision Leads to Civil War

In recognition of this year’s 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, I wanted to share the pivotal role Kansas played in its history. Most Americans don’t realize that Kansas’ decision to enter the Union as a “free” state on January 29, 1861, ignited the passion and fury of a country divided over slavery. Just a few months later, on April 12, the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C.

Posted on February 21, 2011 10:51PM by Becky Blake


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