To the editor:
Constitution Hall in Lecompton has been nominated as a finalist for the "Eight Wonders of Kansas." Constitution Hall has been a national landmark since 1975 and also a Kansas state historical site. The building, the site of the writing of the famous Lecompton constitution that split the Democratic Party and led to the election of President Lincoln in 1860, is truly a wonder of Kansas. This two-story balloon-constructed building is probably the oldest wood frame building standing in Kansas.
With 6,000 visitors to Lecompton annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries, additional visitors can have an impact on all of Douglas County. Unified promotion of all historical sites in Douglas County could increase county and Lawrence city tax revenues as tourists stay in Lawrence hotels and motels, eat in local restaurants and shop in local businesses. This could help offset the recent loss of tax revenue by the city of Lawrence. Economic development is important to all residents of our county. What's good for Lecompton is good for Lawrence and Douglas County and vice versa!
Vote online for Constitution Hall as one of the final eight "Wonders of Kansas" at 8wonders.org before 2008. Paper ballots are available at Constitution Hall and Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton.