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Application to the National Register of Historic Places

Call Number: RH MS 1275


Photographs, maps, resources, and application for the nomination of the Black Jack Battlefield Historic Site to the National Register of Historic Places.


  • Creation: 2002 - 2004


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Conditions Governing Use

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History of Black Jack Battlefield Historic Site

The site is located three miles east of Baldwin City Kansas and was the location of the first battle in Kansas between pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces on June 2, 1856. The battleground covers 20.27 acres of land which includes Black Jack Creek, prairie, and woodland. The nominated site includes Black Jack Park, Ivan Boyd Prairie Reserve, and the Robert Hall Pearson Memorial Park. Black Jack Park was established in 1940 as a roadside park to commemorate the battleground located a short distance away from the site.Two years before the park was built, a memorial for the battlefield was moved to the site. A large log cabin was later built in 1969. Two additional monuments were added in 1940 and 1984 dedicated to the Battle of Black Jack and the neighboring town.

Ivan Boyd Prairie Reserve is a strip of uncultivated land which contains 125 species of native grasses and wildflowers. The Santa Fe Trail wagon ruts are visible here and there is a small footbridge which spans Black Jack Creek. The Robert Hall Pearson Memorial Park is 0.27 acres of woodland, donated to Douglas County in 1970. Wooden signs recognize the 48 men who fought in the battle and an additional granite marker was moved to the site to commemorate the Battle of Black Jack. Currently, the Black Jack Trust is working on obtaining funding to build a visitor center at the historic site, create walking trails throughout the site, and restore the native prairie grasses on the site.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 1 oversize box)

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Scope and Contents

This collection documents the historic sites that will be included in the Black Jack Battleground historic site nomination. There are photos from 2002 documenting the condition of each of the three included sites as well as an overhead aerial view of the sites. Sources about the area around the Battlefield of Black Jack date from 1956 to 1969 and were included in sections 7-9 of the nomination form to the National Register of Historic Places which is also included. Maps of the site and its surrounding area dating from 1856, 1897, and 2002 further show the area both in a historic and current view.

Physical Location

RH MS 1275

Physical Location

RH MS Q363

Related Materials

Randlett, Rueben A. Randlett Rueben Interviews, 1906-1916RH MS P131 Roe, George Statement regarding Kansas history, May 20, 1925RH MS P142 Brown, John John Brown Letters, 1856, 1859RH MS P2 Hays, Russell Randolph Russell Randolph Hays papers, 1889-1990RH Ms-P 564

Guide to the Black Jack Battlefield Historic Site Nomination Collection
Application to the National Register of Historic Places
Finding aid prepared by el, 2013
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Black Jack Battlefield Historic Site Nomination Collection, RH MS 1275, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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