Marais De Cygne Massacre Site Trail

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Massacre Memorial State Park

Marais De Cygne Massacre Site Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pleasanton, Kansas and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 104 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



historic site

Marais De Cygne Massacre site trail is a walking tour of a Civil War event where 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. Walk the grounds of this sites and learn more about the tensions during the era of territorial Kansas.

23 days ago

Great little trail. Lots of history. I enjoyed it a lot!

Good history.

Sat Dec 08 2018

This may be a driving tour or walk/hike if you park at the beginning of the park. This site is a few miles down a dirt road but well worth the drive for the history. Thanks to whoever logged this trail in to AllTrails as I wasn’t expecting to find this historic gem when I drove out there.

2 months ago