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    The Mills House

    by basstbn Written Mar 2, 2009
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    The dream home of oilman William Mills, built in 1902, now on the National Register of Historic Places. I found the use of small native stone on sections of the facade to be an interesting architectural element, as can be seen in the second photo.

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    The Asylum Bridge

    by basstbn Written Mar 2, 2009
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    Now closed to traffic, this picturesque old iron bridge for years connected Osawatomie with "the asylum," the Kansas State (psychiatric) Hospital, across the Marais des Cygne River. Of interests to serious photographers and bridge freaks.

    To view a different, more interesting photo treatment of this bridge, visit my photo gallery at flickr.com/photos/kansasexplorer3128/

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    Kansas Republicans

    by basstbn Written Mar 23, 2003

    Horace Greeley addressed a gathering of some 5 thousand persons at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets on May 18, 1859. A plaque at that location commemorates this as the founding of the Republican Party in Kansas.

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    First Land Office

    by basstbn Updated Mar 23, 2003
    First Land Office

    This little building is now operated by the Osawatomie Historical Society (during the summer) as a tourist information center. Built in 1854, it was used by the first mayor and his brother, the first land agents in the territory.

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    Old Stone Church

    by basstbn Updated Mar 23, 2003
    Old Stone Church

    Built of native stone from the surrounding hills by Reverend Samuel Adair (see entry regarding Adair Cabin), and dedicated on July 14, 1861. Besides being an abolitionist and minister, Adair was a noted mental health pioneer, the first chaplain at the Osawatomie State Hospital.

    The renovated church was rededicated in 1963 as an All Faith Chapel and is now used for weddings and special meetings.

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    The Soldiers Monument

    by basstbn Written Mar 23, 2003
    Soldiers Monument

    Erected and dedicated in 1877 to honor the five men killed in the battle of Osawatomie. Four of the five are buried beneath the monument. John Brown's name appears on the shaft, but he is buried in the family cemetery in North Elba, New York.

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    Adair's Cabin

    by basstbn Written Mar 23, 2003
    Adair Cabin

    A well-informed interpreter is available to give background information regarding the history of John Brown, the Adairs, and the Border War events at Osawatomie. Museum displays are interesting and helpful, as well.

    Open 11-5 Wednesday to Saturday; 1-5 Sunday.

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    Adair Cabin State Historic Site

    by basstbn Written Mar 23, 2003

    This stone structure has been built to protect the historic log cabin built in 1854 by Samuel and Florella Adair.

    Florella Adair was a half-sister to John Brown, and with her husband came to Osawatomie to buld and church. Staunch opponents of slavery, the Adairs became closely associated with Brown, were involved in the Border War and help establish Kansas as a Free State.

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    John Brown Memorial Park

    by basstbn Written Mar 23, 2003
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    Site of the Battle of Osawatomie, fought August 30, 1856. Missouri pro-slavery "bushwackers" invaded and burned the town, in spite of John Brown's unsuccessful attempts to turn back the attackers. Brown's son Frederick was the first victim, shot in cold blood.

    The twenty acre park includes a statue of John Brown, Adair Cabin State Historic Site, picnic and playground facilities. John Brown Park is a National Historic Site.

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    John Brown Statue

    by basstbn Written Mar 23, 2003

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    Abolitionist John Brown

    Militant abolitionist John Brown was Osawatomie's most famous citizen. In 1855, he arrived in the town heavily armed and ready to stop the spread of slavery into Kansas, willing to settle the issue with guns, not votes. Brown was eventually hung, after his raids at Harper's Ferry, Virginia. His life is immortalized in books, movies, and song ("John Brown's Body.")

    This life size statue of John Brown, done by George Fite Waters, stands in John Brown Memorial Park, just yards away from the Adair Cabin/John Brown Museum State Historic Site.

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    Osawatomie History Museum

    by basstbn Updated Mar 23, 2003
    Osawatomie History Museum

    Exhibits include the railroad, Osawatomie State (mental) Hospital, Bleeding Kansas, Rural Culture.

    Open 1-4 Tuesday thru Sunday, or by appointment.

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    Interior of Adair's Cabin

    by basstbn Written Mar 23, 2003
    Interior of Adair Cabin

    Appointed as it would have been in the 1850s. Definitely not luxurious. Life on the early prairie was difficult - not only as a result of the political strife, but the extremes of Kansas weather.

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