Archive for Sunday, August 19, 2012

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.”


Clark Coan 5 years, 7 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.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 7 months ago

Now comes the funding at the taxpayers expense.

rlinkrockchalk 5 years, 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.

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