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National landmark status likely for Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park

August 19, 2012


Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park is just one signature away from being designated a national historic landmark by the National Park Service.

The trust that runs the nearly 60-acre site near Baldwin City started the application process in 2009. All that remains is the literal signoff from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Board member Kerry Altenbernd made a presentation to a committee in Washington, D.C., in May. That committee forwarded the application to another committee, this time in Denver. From there, it went back to the Department of the Interior.

Black Jack supporters have been patient — a needed trait in the bureaucratic waiting game.

“In May, we were told it would be six months,” Altenbernd said. “We have no idea if that’s a minimum or a maximum or what.”

The designation is the highest possible in the parks service. Altenbernd said getting it would give Black Jack better access to grants, increase heritage tourism and “show the importance of the site and get it the national recognition it deserves.”


rlinkrockchalk 1 year, 7 months ago

This is a fantastic recognition and long-overdue acknowledgement of the importance this battle, which pitted forces from three southern states against the troops of Captain Brown and local militia from nearby Palmyra (now part of Baldwin City) four years before the shots at Fort Sumter. The designation will help with local heritage tourism as well as helping to paint a much better picture of how important Bleeding Kansas was following the Kansas-Nebraska Act to national opinion. Congratulations to Kerry and the many others who are working toward this goal and on the Freedom's Frontier corridor, both outstanding projects that are building on the pivotal role Kansas played in this tragic drama.


kansasdaughter 1 year, 8 months ago

'access to grants'. There it is..


75x55 1 year, 8 months ago



Ahm not buyin it.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 8 months ago

Now comes the funding at the taxpayers expense.


Les Blevins 1 year, 8 months ago

In 1856 The Battle of Black Jack Was Then The Battle Front Consider; The beginning of the end of Black Slavery began here in Douglas County at the Battle of Black Jack on June 2nd 1856, just over 150 years ago, when John Brown and his men fired the first shots in the war against proslavery forces camped at BlackJack, a camping spot on the Santa Fe trail near Baldwin City. The official Civil War broke out when the South fired on Fort Sumter just 150 years ago. Until now this nation has never been so divided since Civil War times when the issue was Black Slavery - which had divided the people of this nation into Anti and Pro Slavery camps and the nation into North and South along which a "firing line" broke out and the firing consumed nearly everything both sides brought to the battle front. The divide is again political in nature but today it isn't over Black Slavery its about black coal and black oil which are forms of oppressive energy that divides and oppresses the people and our nation, not by race but through economic and environmental issues connected to fossil fuel dependence and the resulting climate changes that lead to severe weather events such as more severe droughts, floods and storms such as have just destroyed lives and property across the south in the past few days when tornadoes racked a wide area. Once again Lawrence could play a pivotal role if folks here still had the pioneering spirit, but alas this seems to be a thing of the past.


Clark Coan 1 year, 8 months ago

I think Haskell Indian Nations Uni. also has that designation. The adjacent Baker Wetlands is a National Natural Landmark. The whole town of Council Grove is a National Historic Landmark because of the many historic sites as the last place to get supplies on the Santa Fe Trail.


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