Capital City of Kansas

Capital City of Kansas (HM28LH)

Location: Topeka, KS 66612 Shawnee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 2.809', W 95° 40.792'

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Before it became the Kansas capital, Topeka was the seat of a free-state government — an alternative to the official proslavery territorial legislature elected in 1855. These two bodies represented opposing factions in Kansas' battle over slavery. Antislavery Kansans refused to recognize the official legislature because the elections had been heavily tainted by fraud: thousands of residents from proslavery Missouri crossed the border to cast illegal ballots in Kansas. The antislavery faction elected its own delegates in 1855 to draw up a state constitution. Lest the situation devolve into all-out civil war, President Franklin Pierce ordered federal troops to march into Topeka in July 1856 and shut down the free-state government. But the city remained a hotbed of antislavery agitation. When Kansas finally gained admission to the Union in 1861 - as a free state - Topeka became the lawful capital.

Topeka was also the birthplace of U.S. Vice President Charles Curtis (b.1860). Curtis was the first American Indian and the first Kansan to hold the office.
HM NumberHM28LH
Placed ByThe State of Kansas
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 268081 N 4325389
Decimal Degrees39.04681667, -95.67986667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 2.809', W 95° 40.792'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 2' 48.54" N, 95° 40' 47.52" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)785
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301 SW 10th Ave, Topeka KS 66612, US
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