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Kaw Mission - About


When the Santa Fe Trail was the great highway between the Missouri border, then the western limit of American settlement, and the Spanish town of Santa Fe, Council Grove was an important way point on the route. Situated on the Neosho River, it was a natural stopping place, well-watered with abundant grass and timber.  more

State Historic Site

After the closing of the mission, the building and grounds were sold to Thomas Huffaker, who owned them for 14 years. Others owned the property until 1926, when Huffaker's son, Carl I. Huffaker, purchased the land on which the mission building stands. In 1951 the Kansas Legislature authorized the purchase of the mission property from Huffaker, and the Kansas Historical Society now operates it as a state historic site. Kaw Mission was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.



Mary Honeyman, site administrator

Friends of Kaw Heritage

The Friends of Kaw Heritage support the site through event planning and fund raising. For more information call 620-767-5410 or visit their website.