Historic Battlefield Site Hosts Open House

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PLEASANTON, Kan. — The Kansas Historical Society announced that Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site will host an end of season open house 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, November 3. Refreshments will be provided, and admission is free. Mine Creek Battlefield is located at 20485 KS Highway 52, Pleasanton.

Visitors can see the new informational signs on the battlefield walking trails, talk with historical reenactors, and hear a historian’s dramatic retelling of the battle.

The new life-size metal art cavalryman at the entrance creates a photo opportunity for visitors with cameras. For more information, call 913-352-8890, or visit kshs.org/mine_creek.

The new exterior signs and metal art were made possible with the generous support of Charles and Virginia Clark of Prairie Village. Charles is a member of the Kansas Historical Foundation board of directors.

The Battle of Mine Creek was one of the largest cavalry battles in the Civil War and the largest battle fought in Kansas. On October 25, 1864, approximately 2,500 Union troops attacked and defeated an estimated 7,000 Confederates commanded by Major General Sterling Price. After the battle, Union forces pursued Price’s army into Missouri, Arkansas, and Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), and ended the Confederate threat to Kansas.

The Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site is one of 16 state historic sites operated by the Kansas Historical Society, a state agency.