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Trading Post Museum

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Trading Post is the oldest existing settlement in Kansas. This tiny settlement was listed as "establishment de Choteau" on the 1825 Vandermaelen map that is displayed at the museum.

Near Trading Post is the site of the Marais de Cygne Massacre, which occurred on May 19, 1858. A memorial to those killed and wounded in the massacre is located at th Trading Post Cemetery.

On October 25, 1864, Trading Post was the scene of another historic event, as Union troops fired on Confederate troops in what would later that day become the Battle of Mine Creek. That battle was the only major Civil War battle fought on Kansas soil.

Among the artifacts displayed in the Trading Post Museum are Indian flint and clothing, early weapons including a Bowie knife, bullets from the Civil War battle fought here, and early pioneer household goods.

The museum houses Linn County tax ledger books from 1863 forward, census records, Trading Post school records, obituaries, marriage records for Linn County, cemetery records, as well as many photographs of area residents.  The Museum also houses a large genealogy library and resources. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trading Post Museum is open April 1 through November 1 each year. Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday and at other times by appointment by contacting Frank Grosshart @ 913-352-6441.  

To reach the Trading Post Museum from US 69 Highway, take the Butler exit north of Trading Post onto K52 Highway east to Valley Road, then go south on Valley Road and look for the museum sign.  The museum is located next to the cemetery. 

Write to the museum at Trading Post Museum, 15710 North 4th Street, Pleasanton, Kansas 66075, or call the Museum at (913) 352-6441


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