DescriptionBaldwin City, located on the Santa Fe Trail, was the scene of one of many bloody clashes between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the state's territorial days. The Battle of Black Jack, which some call one of the first of the Civil War, took place nearby in 1856 on the site of what is now the Black Jack Battlefield & Nature Park.
In the Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve, wagon ruts carved by Conestogas that traveled west on the trail 1825-75 can be seen. Serving as a more modern path, the town's brick streets were laid in 1925-26 by master craftsman Jim Garfield Brown, an Oneida Indian.
The Maple Leaf Festival, held the third full weekend in October, offers historical tours, a craft fair, the state's oldest quilt show as well as a pageant and parade. Phone (785) 594-7564.
Douglas State Fishing Lake is nearby.
Visitor InfoBaldwin City Chamber of Commerce 718 High St. BALDWIN CITY, KS 66006. Phone:(785)594-3200
Things to SeeMidland Railway