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Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic SiteMarais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic SiteMarais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site

Marais des Cygnes Massacre

On May 19, 1858, proslavery men killed five free-state men and wounded five others in a ravine that is now listed as a National Historic Landmark. The massacre, which followed earlier guerrilla warfare activities, on both sides, shocked the nation and became a pivotal event in the "Bleeding Kansas" era. A few months later, abolitionist John Brown came to the site and constructed a fortified cabin. Learn more about freestaters and border ruffians and their stories when you drive through this beautiful natural setting.

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Visitor comments

"Beautiful secluded spot for such a tragic episode in our history"

"Excellent informative exhibits"

""Thanks for preserving part of American history"