Marais des Cygnes Massacre
20485 KS Hwy 52
Pleasanton, KS 66075
North of Pleasanton KS
Four miles northeast of Trading Post via KS 52 East
Self-guided walk-through site open dawn to dusk daily
ational Historic Landmark…
On May 19, 1858, proslavery men killed five free-state men and wounded five others in a ravine that is now listed as a National Historic Landmark. The massacre, which followed earlier guerrilla warfare activities, on both sides, 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. Learn more about freestaters and border ruffians and their stories when you drive through this beautiful natural setting….