Baldwin City is third largest among the communities in Douglas County and part of the Lawrence, Kansas Metropolitan Area. It is a beautiful college town which still features hand-laid brick streets and wonderfully preserved historic homes, as well as high-quality construction in a number of new subdivisions.
Established in 1858 along the Santa Fe Trail Baldwin City is home to Baker University. The oldest university in Kansas, Baker is a private, liberal arts university that educates students through small classes, innovative instructors and rigorous coursework. Baker serves more than 2,000 students at its different campuses.
Every October since 1958, the Maple Leaf Festival has provided an opportunity to celebrate the changing of the colors. This event was inspired by Dr. Ivan Boyd, a biology professor at Baker who noted that the third weekend in October was the optimum time to view the changing colors of the maple leaves around the area, as well as the perfect time to celebrate the successful harvest.
Baldwin City’s Midland Railway offers scenic train rides through Eastern Kansas farmland by means of vintage railway equipment. Thomas the Tank Engine thrills young riders each year with rides in early summer. And you can participate in a murder mystery dinner theater aboard the Kansas Belle on summer weekends.
There is rich history in this area with the Black Jack Battlefield and Robert Hall Pearson Park nearby. Here John Brown, fierce opponent of slavery, led his militia against a pro-slavery force in The Battle of Black Jack, considered by many to have been the first battle of the American Civil War.
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