This was a fight between John Brown, free slave promoter and Henry Pate, pro slave advocate. IN May 1856, Pate had burned presses in Lawrence, so Brown retaliated and Pate lost 6 men in a fight. This went back and forth for years. A sign designating the battle is just a roadside pulloff and green park, but the actual battle is down the side road....more
This is a rail line from about 1870's, when the territory was thriving and needed to transport goods. Today the line at the depot runs for tours, I think on weekends only. This depot is called Santa Fe, but really Midland RR ran the operation. Grain silos are next to the lines now for movement of goods to markets. A volunteer group operate the rail...more
This once was a gas station, or antique store and farm and now all are closed. The old gas pumps and Philips sign are worth a drive to see it. Located north of Baldwin City about 5 miles on Hwy 1066 after Hwy 56 heading from south. The drive into the lot is like going back 50 years in timemore
There is the main museum called Old Castle Museum. Next to it is the Palmyra Post Office (replica rebuild) and on the other side is Kibbee cabin that depicts living in the era of mid 1800's. All are supposed to be open, but it seems like that is not always case. General times are 10-5 Tues-Sat, but maybe closed October through April. The Castle...more
Many of these buildings are from the 1860-80's when the campus expanded. Not much has changed since; adding some newer, but not many. Most are built of limestone due to the ease in finding in proximity to this area. Some is rough fronts and others are hewn and shaved for flat vertical fronts. A lot of the campus buildings date back form the...more
The town has a nice grid pattern, and not hard to maneuver around. The main thrust of the town, other than its main street is the Baker University campus, adjacent to the town itself. The town has close to 4,000 residents and there are around 1,000 students on campus. It was founded in 1870, and Baker is Kansas' oldest university from 1858, that...more
If the diesel engines are a little bit on the modern side, at least the coach cars are somewhat historical, dating back to the 1930s. Not fancy, not air conditioned, just old coach cars, an adventure for the young and nostalgia for the old(er). Next stop: Nowhere.A trip on the Midland Railway has become a favorite family outing for kids and their...more
Operated by the Midland Railway Historical Association. Sad by true, most passenger travel by railway is now history in the USA. The association procures and restores railway artifacts, then operates them as a historic railway demonstration. Train rides are available, and for many of America's younger citizens, this is the only kind of rail trip...more
Constructed in 1864, this Gothic Revival Chapel was home to the Methodist congregation of Sproxton, England until 1988. Baker University later acquired the chapel, had it dismantled and shipped to Baldwin City, where it was reassembled. The Osborn Chapel was dedicated in 1995 by Lady Margaret Thatcher, whose family had been part of the Sproxton...more
This old post office was moved to its present location on the campus at Baker University from the site of the disappeared town of Palmyra. From 1857 to 1862, the post office/grocery store served travelers on the Santa Fe Trail, as well as the citizens of Palmyra.more
1035 Ames St, Baldwin City, Kansas, 66006, United States
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Lots of entertainment going on the day of the festival. It lasts into the night. We listened to country music in this tent for a while.
Inside the Old Castle Museum this lady showed us how to tat lace by hand. Tatting was once a common hobby. Now it is cheaper and easier to by machined lace so tatting is a dying art form.
They have a couple or more of local police. With traffic coming through town on the main highway, and local downtown streets simply neighborhood environment, my guess is that you could easily get a ticket for speeding. Illegal parking off campus may also be an issue.more
There is a bank that has these great statues around it. I did not realize at first it was only a bank.
After spending the day in Baldwin City, I stopped briefly at the Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve before heading home. The most interesting feature was the presence of swales (wagon ruts) from the Santa Fe Trail. It's amazing how deep these ruts are cut into the prairie soil, even after more than 150 years. There is a short, not-too-strenuous walking...more
An attack on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, is generally regarded as the beginning of the American Civil War. However, this monument, near present-day Baldwin City, Kansas, commemorates a battle that took place three years prior to that at Fort Sumter. The text on a nearby State Historical Marker reads:The "battle" was part of the struggle to make...more