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Kaw Mission The Kaw (or Kansa) Indians lived in three villages southeast of Council Grove from 1848 until their removal south to Indian Territory in 1873. Methodist Episcopal missionaries built this school for Kaw children in 1851. But when efforts to influence the Native Americans failed, the missionaries turned their attention to educating white students. Today, the two-story limestone Kaw Mission, the region's oldest stone structure, is a free museum, showcasing the heritage of the Kaw Indians, the Santa Fe Trail and early-day Council Grove.


Admission: $3 for adults and $1 for students, 5 and under Free
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday, Closed State Holidays.
Address: 500 N. Mission Street
Phone: 620-767-5410
Our Email: kawmission@kshs.org
Our Website:www.kawmission.org

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Old Bell Monument

Perched high on a hill overlooking the town and Neosho River valley below, this bell was erected in 1866 to warn townsfolk of Indian raids. It also served as a school and church bell for nearly 30 years.

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Hermit's Cave

This tiny cave was the temporary home of an Italian hermit, Giovanni Maria Augustini, who lived here for a brief period in the spring of 1863. Later that year, the religious mystic left with a wagon train, walking the 500 miles to New Mexico.

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Council Oak

A shelter east of the Neosho River bridge protects the stump of the Council Oak. Gathered in the shade of the big oak on a hot August day in 1825

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Early Day Jail

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