Spring bursts forth in Southeast Kansas as the trees and meadows come alive. The shades of green, frame the first flowers of the season in their yellow, red, purple and brilliant whites. Community festivals across the region celebrate this new birth recognizing cherry blossoms, blues, redbuds and drama.
It's also time to get out your pole and head to the water for some good old fishin'. You'll come away feeling relaxed and refreshed after a weekend surrounded by still clear water and fresh air.
Explore historic buildings, bridges and museums as you make your way through this unique region with a new discovery just around the bend.
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One of the largest Cavalry engagements of the entire Civil War, and the only one fought on Kansas soil, the Battle of Mine Creek occurred on Oct. 25, 1864, when 2,500 Union horsemen defeated 6,500 Confederate soldiers, killing or capturing over 1,000Pleasanton, KS Battlesites
In 1838, about 900 Pottawatomie Indians were rounded up from their homes in northern Indiana and forced to march 681 miles in 61 days to re-settle at the Sugar Creek Mission. Thirty-nine Pottawatomies, mostly children, died on this "Trail of Death." In 1841La Cygne, KS Memorials
The Independence Public Library is still located at the corner of Maple and Fifth, in the structure as it was built by the Carnegie Foundation in 1907. The Library currently houses 61,700 volumes of print and non-print materials, with a patron registration of 9,880Independence, KS Carnegie Libraries
Houses a wide variety of exhibits that invite visitors to examine and experiment. Register on a computer, hear sounds on the echo tube, ride the Anti-gravity Simulator, or experience the hair-raising Van de Graaff generator. You may even want to visit with the life-like Albert Einstein.Independence, KS Learning Centers
The first school, built in 1870, was a log cabin provided by Berryman Smith. The teacher, Mrs. O.M. \"Billie\" Smith, had 25 students enrolled. Bonds for the next school building, the Little White School House, were sold to raise $1,800 and the school was built in 1872 for $900Caney, KS Historic Schoolhouses