Baldwin City Travel Guide

  • BAker University map
    BAker University map
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    Map of town surrounding
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  • Grid layout of the town
    Grid layout of the town
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Baldwin City Things to Do

  • Black Jack Battlefield

    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....

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  • Midland Railroad

    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...

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  • Keystone Corner

    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 time

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  • University Museums-old structures

    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...

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  • BAker University -special buildings

    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...

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  • Homes tour

    There are 60 historic homes in the town. They are from Victorian style to Greek and other circa 1930's with large porches. The town main street has most buildings form the 1930-50's era; brick and solid

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  • Maps of Layout and Features

    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...

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  • Baker University Campus

    Parmenter Hall is the most prominent building on the campus of Baker University. This 1871 building is on the National List of Historic Places. It contains an art gallery that is open to the public. President Abraham Lincoln contributed $100 toward its construction.

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  • The Ride to Nowhere

    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...

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  • Midland Railway

    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...

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  • Osborne Chapel Interior

    View shows the simple, but attractive, interior of the chapel. The chapel was named in honor of a major contributor in the efforts to bring the church to Baldwin City.

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  • Clarice L Osborne Memorial Chapel

    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...

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  • Kibbee Cabin

    A group of Methodist preachers gathered in the Kibbee Cabin to form Baker University. Although this cabin is a replica, the floor and many of the furnishings are from the original cabin.

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  • Palmyra Post Office and Blood's Grocery

    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.

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  • On the grounds of Baker...

    On the grounds of Baker university about a block or two from the main street of Baldwin City there are some historic buildings. The small white building here is an old post office and general store. On day of festival we saw a demonstration here about broom making.

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Baldwin City Hotels

  • Three Sisters Inn

    1035 Ames St, Baldwin City, Kansas, 66006, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Baldwin City Restaurants

  • Coffee, sweets, and atmosphere

    The atmosphere is college town casual with an artsy flair and a little 50s soda shop thrown in. The building dates back to the first decade of the 1900s. It's an excellent place to stop in for an espresso drink and a snack. Mocha - and the incredible date bars!

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  • On festival day we ate...

    On festival day we ate Kettlecorn. There is food every where to try. The streets are blocked off and people set up grills and coolers in their front yards near the street. Try what ever looks or smells good to you.

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Baldwin City Nightlife

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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.

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Baldwin City Local Customs

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    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.

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Baldwin City Warnings and Dangers

  • Police May be REady for You

    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.

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  • Here is a 'cute' warning sign...

    Here is a 'cute' warning sign we saw at the Maple Leaf Festival. Check out the maple leaves on the trees.

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Baldwin City Tourist Traps

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    There is a bank that has these great statues around it. I did not realize at first it was only a bank.

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Baldwin City Off The Beaten Path

  • Santa Fe Trail Swales

    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...

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  • Civil War Monument - The Battle of Black...

    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...

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  • The tall stone building in...

    The tall stone building in background behind general store is called Old Castle Museum. It is closed now but will reopen in a few months. I was lucky enough to go inside of it during the Maple Leaf Fest about a year earlier.

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Baldwin City Favorites

  • Maple Leaf Festival

    Mid-October during the Maple Leaf Festival is a great time to visit this small town. Do not, however, anticipate finding lodging in Baldwin. Your best bet is in nearby Lawrence, Kansas, to the north, or in Ottawa to the south.See my travelogue for views of the festival.

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  • Be sure to ride the railroad!

    We loved the Midland Railroad and highly recommend it! The historical shopping area is very pretty, too, though we didn't stop to shop.

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