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Douglas County, Kansas

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  • Hugh Beaumont (1909 - 1982)
    Eugene Hugh Beaumont (February 16, 1909 – May 14, 1982) was an American actor and television director. He was also licensed to preach by the Methodist church. Beaumont is best known for his portrayal o...
  • Jenette Bolles (deceased)
  • Thomas Seetin (1811 - 1883)
    Thomas Seetin BIRTH 15 Mar 1811 County Donegal, Ireland DEATH 18 Sep 1883 (aged 72) Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA BURIAL Oak Hill Cemetery Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA PLOT Sec. 6 L...
  • Robert Gill (1857 - 1857)
  • Joseph W. Maxwell (1795 - 1881)

Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Douglas County, Kansas.

In 1855, Douglas County was established. Douglas County was opened for settlement on May 15, 1854, and was named for Stephen A. Douglas, a senator from Illinois. The county was practically at the center of the Bleeding Kansas years as leaders in Lecompton (the territorial capital) wanted Kansas to be a slave state, whereas leaders in Lawrence wanted Kansas to be a free state. The pro- and anti-slavery settlers held great animosity towards one another, leading to many events, such as the drafting of the Lecompton Constitution (which would have admitted Kansas into the Union as a slave state), the Wakarusa War (1855), the Sack of Lawrence (1856), Battle of Black Jack (1856), and the Lawrence Massacre (1863).

Two significant wagon trails passed through near Lawrence. The Santa Fe Trail went just South of town, through Baldwin City. The Oregon Trail went right over the top of Mount Oread.

Lawrence was a chief station on the Underground Railroad.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Townships

  • Baldwin City
  • Clinton
  • Eudora
  • Grant
  • Kanwaka
  • Lawrence (County Seat)
  • Lecompton
  • Marion
  • Palmyra (was Calhoun)
  • Wakarusa
  • Washington (formerly)
  • Willow Springs

Other Communities: Big Springs, Black Jack, Clearfield, Globe, Grover, Hesper, Lake View, Lone Star, Midland, Pleasant Grove, Sibleyville, Stull, Vinland and Worden



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Historic Trails of Douglas County

The Kansas Network To Freedom