Historic Lecompton Kansas
Take a step back in time to look at the rich heritage that led to the formation of Lecompton and the State of Kansas.
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“Bleeding Kansas” to “Best Small Town”: Lecompton Ages Gracefully
Lecompton, Kansas, once the focus of violent conflict leading up to the Civil War and home of Bleeding Kansas’ failed pro-slavery constitution, has aged into a charming tourist-destination village of 640. It was recently named one of five Best Small Towns in Kansas by readers of KANSAS! Magazine.
Lecompton’s history, with some echoes of modern partisan divides, is now peacefully preserved in two award-winning museums – the Territorial Capital Museum, operated by the Lecompton Historical Society in the 1882 Lane University building, and Constitution Hall, operated by the Kansas Historical Society in the 1856 wood-frame building where the document was signed.
Other significant historic sites include the Territorial Democratic Headquarters on the Kansas River; a replica of Fort Titus, and the 1892 Lecompton City Jail. The town, off Interstate 70 between Lawrence and Topeka, also has two locally owned-eateries, numerous specialty shops, no stoplights, and many other attractions.
“Because of the town’s significant pre-Civil War history, the museums attract thousands of visitors to
During 2017, Lecompton recognizes the 160th anniversary of the infamous Lecompton Constitution, drafted and signed in Constitution Hall on Elmore Street.
More than 500 Kansas towns were eligible for the Best Small Town designation, awarded to those with a population of less than 5,000. Lecompton, which had a population of 5,000 before the capital was moved to Topeka, is the smallest among the winners. KANSAS!
For more information, visit the Historic Lecompton website www.lecomptonkansas.com
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