Marais des Cygnes Massacre Site

Also known as: Marais des Cygnes Massacre Memorial Park
5 mi. NE of Trading Post, Trading Post, Kansas

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Marais des Cyges Massacre

Photo taken by Ruth Reynolds in July 2010

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Description 

On May 19, 1858, a band of 30 pro-slavery sympathizers crossed into Kansas from Missouri, captured 11 men in the vicinity of Trading Post, and shot them in a nearby ravine known today as the site of the Marais des Cygnes Massacre. The murderous episode touched off a national outcry which lent its force to the defeat of the pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution; John Brown and his men constructed a fortification near the massacre site. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 30, 1974

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 21, 1971
Reference number
71000317
Area of significance
Politics/Government
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic function
Battle site
Current function
Park
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1858
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • July 16, 2010: New photos from Ruth Reynolds

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