Jonathan Jones

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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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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 from the western edge of Kansas City. The camp created in 1859 was originally named “Camp on Pawnee Fork”. The name was soon changed to “Camp Alert” by the resident …

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