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Baldwin City, Kansas

Baldwin City, Kansas

The days are golden in this northeast Kansas town. Baldwin City is made special by the colors of the seasons, by the warmth of the people, by the simple opportunities for a good day and for a good life.

Whether you're in the mood for a side trip, or are looking for a great place to settle, we invite you to enjoy the beauty of Baldwin City.

Baldwin City's place in history is deep. The Battle of Black Jack, which took place to the east of Baldwin City in 1856, is recorded as the first battle of the Civil War.

The Santa Fe Trail, which linked east to west between 1824 and 1875, passed through Baldwin City. You may travel a section of the road that those early settlers traversed, or view the ruts carved by heavy wagons.

The city's history is also captured in its four buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Old Castle Museum, Parmenter Hall, and Case Hall are all on Baker University's campus. The fourth building, the Santa Fe Depot, was built in 1906, and is the only remaining depot of Kansas' first railroad south of the Kansas River.

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Parmenter Hall

Parmenter Hall with its distinguishing tower, is the first building actually built on the Baker University campus and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places . The cornerstone was laid in June, 1866, but lack of financing delayed completion until 1881

Baldwin City, KS National Register

Allen (Depot) Park

Allen Park, Main and High streets in West Baldwin (formerly Media), is privately owned and maintained by the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society. While privately owned, it is open to the public and offers a ball field, play area and shelterhouse with picnic tables, running water and grills.

Baldwin City, KS Parks


Palmyra Post Office

Located at the Old Castle Complex is the Palmyra Post Office and Blood's Grocery which opened in 1857. Originally located north of the highway on the Santa Fe Trail, it served travelers on the trail and the pioneer community of Palmyra, the original townsite later to become Baldwin City.

Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life

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

Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life

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