Kaw Mission State Historic Site

Large, white stone historic house with a covered porch.
Kaw Mission State Historic Site

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Quick Facts
500 North Mission Council Grove, KS
Contains exhibits telling the story of the Kaw Indians, Santa Fe Trail, and early Council Grove.

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits

Kaw Mission tells the story of the place where 30 Kaw boys lived and attended school from 1851 to 1854. The Kaw (or Kansa) gave Kansas its name. They lived here along the Santa Fe Trail for less than 30 years before the US government removed them to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).

Site Information

Location (500 North Mission Council Grove, KS)

Today, the Kaw Mission is one of the oldest buildings still standing in this part of Kansas and is operated by the Kansas State Historical Society as a museum. The Kaw Mission is administered by the Kansas Historical Society.

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Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Last updated: March 11, 2024