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Owens House

The Owens House, located in Topeka, Kansas, was built in 1858 along the Lane Trail by William Owens from Rhode Island. The home, a station on the Underground Railroad, was often visited by John Brown and other conductors. One of these visits was during John Brown's "Last Trek through Kansas." Brown's party which included 13 freedom seekers he had helped liberate out of Missouri stopped at the Owens House for meal and a safe place to rest. The Owens House was the last stop before Brown would engage in the infamous "Battle of the Spurs," in which the party was attacked by pro-slavery men attempting to end their journey to freedom.


Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: 3212 Rochester Road, Topeka, Shawnee, 66617

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Jack De Backer

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: Cyrus Packard,Olive Owens,William Owens