Just off U.S. 69 in Linn County, the community of Trading Post is thought to be one of the oldest continuously settled locations in Kansas. It’s home to the Trading Post Museum, where guide Mary Grosshart can show you through a room rich with artifacts detailing the region’s history. You can find bullets from the Civil War, furniture and goods from pioneer days, and Native American clothing among the hundreds of items. The museum also has county tax ledger books from 1863 to the present day, school and census records, photographs, and a genealogy section.
The site of the Marais des Cygne Massacre is located east of Trading Post, several miles north of K-52. First travel to the massacre site, where in 1858 five Jayhawkers were shot and killed by border ruffians from Missouri. Then visit the museum to view the display and historic documents about the event. Finally, a memorial to those killed and wounded in the massacre stands on the cemetery grounds adjacent to the museum complex.
The Trading Post Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday from April 1 until November 1. To reach the museum from U.S. 69 take the Butler, Mo, exit onto K-52, then go south on Valley Road and watch for the sign.