Marais des Cygnes Massacre
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.
"Beautiful secluded spot for such a tragic episode in our history"
"Excellent informative exhibits"
""Thanks for preserving part of American history"