Jonathan Jones

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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 simply different names for the same tribe.  The cemetery occupies a stretch of land between the 7th Street Casino to the south and the Kansas City Library to the east.  …

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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 one of the first towns settled in the Kansas Territory. Lawrence was settled by abolitionist who were funded and supported by abolitionists like the New England Emigrant Aid Company among …

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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 is “Historic Lecompton: The Birthplace of the Civil War, Where Slavery Began to Die.” Indeed, this very small town just a few miles northwest of Lawrence played a significant role …

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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 article is a bit of a departure for me from “war” related topics. The Harvey Girls were young women who were hired to provide hospitality to travelers going west on …

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