Battle of Black Jack

Battle of Black Jack & Santa Fe Trail

Baldwin City’s place in history is deep and its future is full of limitless possibilities.

The Battle of Black Jack, which took place to the east of Baldwin City in 1856, is recorded as the first skirmish between pro- and anti-slavery forces prior to the Civil War. 

The Santa Fe Trail, which linked east to west between 1824 and 1875, passed through Baldwin City. You may still travel a section of the road that those early settlers traversed or view the ruts carved by the heavy wagons.

Baker University & Historical Buildings

The City surrounds Baker University, which, founded in 1858, is the oldest four-year college in the state of Kansas. Four of Baker University’s buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

In addition to the historic buildings on the Baker University Campus and several historic sites located in the scenic countryside around Baldwin City, the City is also home to the historic, Nationally Registered 1906 Santa Fe Depot, the only remaining depot of Kansas’ first railroad south of the Kansas River.


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