Kansas Territorial Capital Museum
Lecompton, KS 66050
Phone: (785) 887-6148
Fax: (785) 887-6148
Construction was begun in 1855 on the building intended as the Territorial Capitol but work was suspended in 1857 when it seemed the Capitol would be elsewhere. Finally completed in 1882, the building housed Lane University until 1902. Displays include American Indian artifacts, exhibits portraying frontier life in the mid-1800s, and an exhibit about President Dwight Eisenhower's parents, who met and married while students at Lane University. Lecompton is on the banks of the Kaw River in the rolling hills between Topeka and Lawrence. From its founding as Bald Eagle in 1854, until Kansas statehood was granted in 1861, this village was the Territorial Capital.