Located in Leavenworth, Kansas, the "first city of Kansas," is the site of the Planters Hotel a.k.a. Planter's House. In 1859, the hotel was the site of a kidnapping. Charles Fisher (a.k.a Peter Fisher), who worked at the hotel as a barber, was abducted from the hotel under suspicion of being a fugitive slave or being in violation of the fugitive slave act by assisting others in their escapes. After being arrested at gunpoint and handcuffed, Fisher who maintained he was free was taken into Missouri. Fisher, however, was able to escape and returned to Leavenworth. The two kidnappers were subsequently charged with kidnapping and brought to trial. Fisher was subpoenaed as a material witness despite prohibitions against blacks testifying against whites in court. Meanwhile, a man came forward claiming to be Fisher's owner and Fisher was detained in the custody of the Marshal at Planters Hotel. Fisher was able to escape with the help of free-state men, but was ultimately recaptured and sold into slavery. Fisher, however, once again found his way to freedom and returned to Leavenworth in 1863.
The Planters Hotel was torn down in the 1950s and the site, which is privately owned, is currently an empty lot. However, the City of Leavenworth has utilized its right away to put a marker and re-creation of the hotel steps, commemorating the hotel's existence, especially as it was related to Abraham Lincoln's 1859 visit.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: Corner of Esplanade St. and Shawnee St.-Sidewalk (City Right-Away), Leavenworth, 66048
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: City of Leavenworth
Location Type: Site
Freedom Seekers: Charles Fisher (a.k.a Peter Fisher)