Baldwin City,,Kansas

Baldwin, Historical Marker

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Baldwin, Historical Marker Here, and for the next 300 miles west, Highway 56 roughly follows the old Santa Fe Trail, and frequently crosses it. White settlement began in this area in 1854, the year Kansas became a territory, and in 1855 the town of Palmyra was founded. When Baker University was established on the outskirts in 1858 a new town sprang up. It was named for John Baldwin, an Ohio capitalist, who in 1857 hauled a steam sawmill in over the trail. By 1863, Palmyra has merged with Baldwin.

Local settlers were "Free-State" in the fight over slavery; several were captured in a Proslavery raid of 1856. Among Free State leaders was Dr. Andrew T. Still, founder of osteopathy, whose theory of healing developed here.

Baker University, named for Methodist Bishop Osmon Baker, is the state's oldest 4-year college. It houses the famous Bishop Quayle Bible Collection and its first building, the "Old Castle", is now a museum.

Erected by the Kansas State Historical Society and State Highway Commission

Address: U.S. Highway 56 just east of High Street

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Upcoming Events near Baldwin City, Kansas

Annual Lawrence Indian Arts Show

Start Date: Fri August, 26th
Juried Competition featuring two and three dimensional art work by contemporary American Indian artists from across the Unite...

Holiday Art Sale

Start Date: Fri December, 9th
Come see the artwork of local artists at the Lumberyard Arts Center Holiday Art Sale! This event will also be held during the...

Meriden Threshing Show

Start Date: Fri July, 15th
The most complete working Blacksmith Shop in the Midwest (circa 1925) See the thick and thin steam powered saw mill sawing l...

Grape Escape

Start Date: Fri July, 29th
Food and wine festival with wines from around the world, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. This annual wine and food fest...

Douglas County Fair Demolition Derby

Start Date: Fri July, 29th
A crash, bang car demolition derby featuring a compact car class. Time: 7:30 p.m....

Old Time Holiday Happenings

Start Date: Fri November, 25th
Join the festive crowd experiencing the charm of the beautifully decorated Old Prairie Town at Ward Meade Historic Site Mansi...

Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony & Santa's Arrival

Start Date: Fri November, 25th
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Ottawa Veterans Day Celebration

Start Date: Fri November, 4th
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An hour (or so) long train ride full of scares, spooks and frights! A dark walk through a moving train only lit by black lights!  Once you move through the train you will be guided through our Haunted baggage car full of frights just like in a haunted house while traveling down the rails in dark of night!  During your ride spooks and ghouls will walk through the train giving you a scare!  Watch your never know when they may coming to get you! While traveling down the track, keep an eye out the windows of the train for other spooks and frights!  You might even see the headless horseman!

Haunted trains will run nightly the third Friday and Saturday through Halloween. Departures will be at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. nightly. Additional runs will be scheduled as needed. Group charters available by advance arrangement.
Night Trains of Terrors

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All proceeds from this community event will benefit Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson counties. Money raised will help us to continue to provide nutritionally balanced meals to homebound, elderly and handicapped individuals.

Individual tickets are $75.00 each and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information please contact Kim Williams at 785-295-3980 or visit our website.
"Sumptuous Evening Gala" a benefit for Meals on Wheels

Start Date: Fri October, 21st
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