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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Marais des Cygnes Massacre Site

Picture of property 4 miles northeast of Trading Post, off US69
Trading Post (Linn County)
Listed in National Register Jun 21, 1971

National Historic Landmark, 5/30/1974

Architect: Not listed
Category: battle site

On May 19, 1858, proslavery men killed five free state men and wounded five others in a ravine that is now known as the Marais Des Cygnes Massacre Site. The shootings shocked the nation and became a pivotal event in the "Bleeding Kansas" era. A few months later, abolitionist John Brown came to the site and constructed a fortified cabin, where he remained during the summer of 1858. The site is owned by the State of Kansas and managed by the Kansas Historical Society.

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