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Pleasanton, Kansas History

The Marais Des Cygnes Museum is located on the site of a famous confrontation between pro-slavery and abolition forces on May 19, 1858. The five victims of the massacre were immortalized as martyrs in the cause for freedom.

Pleasanton was founded in July, 1869, and named for General Pleasanton who defeated the Confederates in the Battle of Mine Creek in October, 1864. This battle, involved 25,000 men, resulted in a Union victory which ended the threat of Confederate invasion in Kansas.

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