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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.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Battle of Black Jack

This battle was part of the struggle to make Kansas a free state. In May, 1856, Pro-slavery men destroyed buildings and newspaper presses in Lawrence, Free-State headquarters. John Brown's company then killed 5

Baldwin City, KS Battlesites

Baker University

Baker is a liberal arts university which draws the region's finest students. The first university in Kansas, Baker was founded by Methodist ministers 139 years ago.

Baldwin City, KS Colleges

Douglas State Lake

The Douglas State Fishing Lake is located two miles northeast of Baldwin just off County Road 1055. The surface area of the lake is 200 acres with approximately 600 acres surrounding the lake.

FISHING

Baldwin City, KS Recreation

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

Things to do near Baldwin City, KS

Benedict Meyer Log Cabin

The 1854 Log Cabin is listed on the Kansas Register of Historic Place....

Trapping at Perry Reservoir

Trapping: Perry's marshes offer some of the best muskrat, mink, and beaver trapping in northeast Kansas. Raccoons, coy...