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Baldwin City, Kansas

Come explore the events and history of the Battle of Black Jack on the 156th anniversary! The all-day event will begin at 5am with the Dawn at Black Jack Battlefield, where you can walk the battlefield at the exact time and day of the battle. Next, an appearance by “Old John Brown” will be made at 1pm where he will guide you through the battle. At 2:30pm, a tour will be given of Black Jack Nature Park. Lastly, to close out the day, there will be an 1856 Lamplight Camp Tour which will include: lamplight tours of the battlefield starting every 15 minutes, Gum Spring Serenaders from 8-9pm, and exhibits at the Robert Hall Pearson Farmhouse from 8-10pm. This event will be $8 for ages 12 and over, but the rest of the events and activities are free and refreshments will be provided for no cost as well. Located 3 miles east of Baldwin City, KS and ¼ mile south of Highway 56. Be sure to mark your calendars for this day of fun and learning!

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Santa Fe Trail Ruts

The historic Santa Fe Trail which carried civilization and commerce between the East and the Mexican settlements of the southwest between 1825 and 1875

Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life

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

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

Women's Bridge

The native stone and brick bridge over Tauy Creek was erected in 1890 at the request of Baldwin's first female mayor, Lucy Sullivan. Mrs. Sullivan, one of the nation's earliest woman mayors, and her all-female council distinguished themselves with community improvements such as this bridge "

Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life

Black Jack Log Cabin

A white oak log cabin stands at the roadside park three miles east of Baldwin on Highway 56. Built in observance of Kansas' centennial in 1961, it now houses historical artifacts as well as hosting meetings and gatherings.

Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life

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