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Bald Eagle Rendezvous set for today, weekend

September 21, 2007

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— Years before it became a hot bed of activity during the pre-Civil War "Bleeding Kansas" era, Lecompton was mostly recognized as a fur trapping and trading site.

The town will celebrate that era today and through the weekend during the fourth annual Bald Eagle Rendezvous at Bald Eagle River View Park.

Visitors will see re-enactors portraying mountain men and plainsmen, American Indians, traders and musicians.

Participants will wear period clothes and put on demonstrations such as tomahawk and knife throwing, blacksmithing, tanning and cooking.

The re-enactors are members and guests of the First Santa Fe Trail Plainsmen Black Powder Club.

The park is at the east end of Second Street on bluffs above the Kansas River.

It also is the site of the 1850s restored stone cabin known as the first Democratic Party headquarters in Kansas.

Activities will start at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. today and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The event is sponsored by the Lecompton Historical Society and Constitution Hall.

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