A Safari in Kansas

This month’s post is a little different than my normal history stuff.  That said, there is a history component to the Martin and Osa Johnson

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Council Grove Kansas

Council Grove, KS: Kanza (Kaw) Indians, Sante Fe Trail, Oldest Restaurant in Kansas This month’s post takes us to Council Grove, Kansas. Council Grove is a

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POWs in the Heartland

This month’s post was originally published in the Johnson County Gazette in October of 2021. This month’s article is a bit of a departure from

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Fort Leavenworth

If you don’t know me personally or haven’t followed me long enough to figure this out, I am a God-fearing, flag waving, proud to be

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Jesse James Farmhouse

I have a bit of personal attachment to the Jesse James story because the house we built in Richmond, Missouri backed up to the cemetery

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Fort Osage

Remembering the 4th grade A significant portion of my readers are, or were, Missouri residents. I think that most of these people remember the 4th

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Fort Gibson

Our last stop on the Oklahoma tour is Fort Gibson.  I found Fort Gibson very interesting, and I encourage you to visit if you are

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Battle of Honey Springs

The Battle of Honey Springs, sometimes called the Affair at Elk Creek, occurred on July 17, 1863, at the Honey Springs Depot which was a

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Cover Reveal: Hippie War

I’m thrilled to show everyone the cover for my next book, “Hippie War: Battle for the Harrisonville Square”. For those of you who enjoy seeing how

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Taking a Winter break!

I’m going to be taking a short break from creating new content for both this page as well as my Facebook Page, Jonathan Jones History.  

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Historic Liberty Jail

My wife was concerned that I was considering joining the Mormon religion after watching “Under the Banner of Heaven” on Hulu.  While joining up was

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Far West Settlement

This will be the second in an unofficial series of posts relating to the history of the Mormons in Missouri.  If you haven’t read the

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Haun’s Mill Massacre

The Haun’s Mill Massacre came to my attention while Jill and I were watching the Hulu show, Under the Banner of Heaven, starring Andrew Garfield. 

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The Orphan Train

Check out my latest article on the Orphan Train which was printed in the July 15 edition of the Johnson County Gazette. Orphan Trains were

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Huron/Wyandot Cemetery

The Huron Indian Cemetery, also known as the Wyandot National Burying Ground, is located at 631 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, Kansas.  Wyandot and Huron are

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Municipal Stadium

Kansas City Municipal Stadium was located at 2123 Brooklyn Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri.  If you are approaching from the north, you will drive past Arthur

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Mary Sibley Presentation

I was honored to be asked to speak with the Mary Sibley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Harrisonville on Saturday, April

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Quindaro Townsite

There is very little remaining of the town of Quindaro, Kansas today.  A modern park shelter now sits atop the bluff that overlooks the riverfront

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History of Lenexa

Check out my latest article in the January 28th edition of the JOCO Gazette.  This month’s article takes a look at the history of Lenexa,

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The Sacking of Osceola

Early on the morning of September 22, 1861, Lane, and his men, calling themselves “Lane’s Brigade”, rode into town and after trading small arms fire

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Lawrence Kansas

A traveler cannot understand the Border War without a visit to Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence is located about 30 miles west of Kansas City and was

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Luther Dummy Taylor

Check out my latest column in the November 17 edition of the Johnson County Gazette.   This article is entitled, KSD’s Luther “Dummy” Taylor, World Series

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Lecompton Kansas

Lecompton is another town that has embraced its Civil War roots and markets itself to the outside world based on that image. The town’s slogan

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Cover Design for second book

Sneak Peek for the cover design for my second book, “The Border War Tour: A Traveler’s Guide to Civil War Sites on the Missouri/Kansas Border”. I’m

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The Battle of Westport

In this tour stop, I will review what is not just one tour stop but several. The Battle of Westport Driving Tour takes the visitor

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The Harvey Girls

Check out my latest column in the November 19 edition of the Johnson County Gazette.   This article is entitled, “Who Were the Harvey Girls”. this

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Fort Larned

This week we continue our journey through West Central Kansas with a stop at Fort Larned, which is located near Larned, Kansas, approximately 270 miles

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Dodge City Kansas

For this post, we continue our trip through south-central Kansas with a visit to Dodge City. Dodge City would earn the nickname, “Sodom of the

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Nazi POWs in the Midwest

Check out my latest column in Johnson County Gazette entitled, “Nazi Prisoners?”. This article is a bit a departure from my normal column in the

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Ray County Presentation

I was honored to speak at the David Whitmer Symposium last Saturday, this was changed to an online event, but the program was recorded so

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Fort Scott

Fort Scott, named after General Winfield Scott, was built in 1842 to give soldiers a place to live while working to maintain peace between white

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Jennison’s Jayhawkers visit Olathe

Check out my latest article for the Johnson County Gazette entitled “Jennison’s Jayhawkers visit Olathe. The article can be found at this link: http://jocogazette.com/images/2021-9-17.lowrez.pdf. Click

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Battle of Blowhard

Pick up a copy of the August 13th edition of the Johnson County Gazette and read my latest article about the Battle of Blowhard.  You

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Ott’s Mill

Check out my latest article in the June 11 edition of the Johnson County Gazette about Olathe’s historic Ott’s Mill building on East Cedar Street.

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Battle of Island Mound

The Battle of Island Mound occurred in Bates County, Missouri about 7 miles west of Butler, Missouri, and 9 miles east of the Missouri/Kansas Border.

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Sacking of Osawatomie

After the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854, Osawatomie, Kansas was settled by Free State settlers. In 1855, this belief conflicted with that of

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A Safari in Kansas

This month’s post is a little different than my normal history stuff.  That said, there is a history component to the Martin and Osa Johnson

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Council Grove Kansas

Council Grove, KS: Kanza (Kaw) Indians, Sante Fe Trail, Oldest Restaurant in Kansas This month’s post takes us to Council Grove, Kansas. Council Grove is a

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Concordia guard tower

POWs in the Heartland

This month’s post was originally published in the Johnson County Gazette in October of 2021. This month’s article is a bit of a departure from

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