Mine Creek Battlefield to reopen for travel season

Kansas Historical Society News Release

March 30, 2012

Contact: Lisa Hecker, (785) 272-8681, lhecker@kshs.org

Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site to Reopen for Travel Season


PLEASANTON, KS – The Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site will open its visitor center Wednesday, April 4, 2012, for the spring and summer travel season. Visitor center hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, until Saturday, October 27, 2012. Visitors are welcome to tour the battlefield and walk the nature trail from dawn to dusk year-round. Admission to the visitor center exhibits is $5 for adults and $1 for students. Kansas Historical Foundation members and children five and under are admitted free. Mine Creek Battlefield is located one-half mile west of the intersection of U.S. 69 and K-52, three miles south of Pleasanton.

The Battle of Mine Creek was one of the largest cavalry battles in the Civil War and the largest battle in Kansas. Approximately 2,800 Union troops attacked and defeated nearly 8,000 Confederates along the banks of Mine Creek. After the battle, Federal forces pursued the Confederates in Missouri as they attempted to return to Arkansas, Indian Territory (Oklahoma), and eventually Texas.

The Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site is one of 16 state historic sites operated by the Kansas Historical Society, a state agency. For information, call 913-352-8890 or visit kshs.org/places/minecreek.

The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs. The Historical Society requests prior notification to accommodate individuals with special needs or disabilities.

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