Lecompton Travel Guide

  • Exhibit showing the different capitals of Kansas
    Exhibit showing the different capitals...
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  • The Lecompton Democratic building stands again
    The Lecompton Democratic building stands...
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  • Constitution Hall in Lecompton
    Constitution Hall in Lecompton
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Lecompton Things to Do

  • Radical UB Church

    In the 1880's there was some dissension in the United Brethren Church concerning secret organizations causing the congregation to split. One group built another church on adjoining land which they named the Radical United Brethren Church. It burned about 1902 and this limestone church replaced it. Today, the building is used as the Community...

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  • Constitution Hall

    This national landmark was built in 1855 to house the territorial legislature. The Lecompton Constitution was written and voted on here. This document upheld the rights of slave owners, and was hotly debated in territorial Kansas, and on the floor of the US Congress, as well as in the office of the President. The groundwork was being laid for the...

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  • DEMOCRATIC HEADQUARTERS

    In the U.S. before the Civil War, the Democratic Party, as the Whig Party before, began splitting into two regional wings – North and South – depending upon the area proclivities towards the question of slavery. The Kansas-Nebraska Act would act to cleave the Democratic Party in two when Illinois senator Stephen Douglas decided to challenge...

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  • TERRITORIAL CAPITAL/LANE UNIVERSITY

    When the Territorial capital was moved to Lecompton, the US Congress appropriated $50,000 for the building of a new capitol. Work was completed only to the bottom of the first floor windows when the U.S. House of Representatives defeated the Lecompton Constitution and work on the building stopped when it was obvious in early 1858 that the capital...

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  • CONSTITUTION HALL

    Built in 1856, Constitution Hall served as the home to the Territorial government in the spring of 1857. Both the legislature and the Constitutional Convention meeting in the fall of the same year met on the upper floor with the first floor being rented as a federal land office where claims would be filed. Being a pro-slavery legislature many of...

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  • Constitution Hall

    Ms. Shirley Funk was legislature and territorial state of Kansas that then covered an area to the Rockies and was huge. They have mural type displays showing the events in sequence of the territory and the people involved. It was a nice visit and the original wood floors remain for a lot of the structure. The building is form about 1854.

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  • Lane Museum

    This was to be the first of a number of buildings for a university started by John Lane, a Senator from Missouri, but now located here. He had a weird past and that caught up with him and effected the town progress. He was pro slave, but free slave got control in 1861, when Kansas became an official state. The three story museum is "chock full" of...

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  • Democratic Headquarters

    In 1853, the William Simmons family came from Indiana to "squat" in this location before the Kansas territory was open for settlement. They made a living fishing on the Kaw River, as well as operating a ferry boat made of hollowed sycamore logs. From 1854 to 1861, this structure became the first headquarters for the Democratic Party in Kansas. The...

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  • The Chapel Auditorium

    Used by Lane University for chapel services, programs, etc., the chapel continues to be used by the Lecompton community for town meetings, concerts, and Christmas Vespers. The auditorium is located on the upper level of the building.

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  • Territorial Capital Museum Exhibits

    This typical local museum contains a wide variety of period artifacts. I found the military items most interesting because of the Lecompton role in history as one of the places the Civil War had its roots.

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  • Territorial Capital Museum

    When construction began in 1855 on this plain-looking limestone building, it was believed it to be the future capital of the pro-slavery state of Kansas. The building project was abandoned two years later when it became apparent that Lecompton would not become the site of the capital and Kansas would not become pro-slavery.In 1882, the edifice was...

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  • At Lane University one...

    At Lane University one thing you should pay extra attention to are the quilts. This one is my favorite and has been protected under glass. It shows the history of Lecompton in intricate detail. Quilting is more than a craft, it can be an art form. The one here in this photo is hand stitched by a mother and daughter who spent 4,000 hours creating...

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Lecompton Off The Beaten Path

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    by brdwtchr Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Lecompton was not always named after Lecompton. It was originally called Bald Eagle because many of the majestic birds nested in the area. At this small park you can find an old lime stone building. This building was the first house in Lecompton. Beyond the small stone house and the park is the Kansas river. We were told there were often bald eagles in the trees near the river here. We did not see any here but along this same river going toward Lawrence we did see two bald eagles.

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