A visit to Baxter Springs is a step into the diverse and fascinating past. Baxter Springs was the site of a Civil War battle and massacre, it was the first Cowtown in Kansas and it became the hub of the greatest lead and zinc mining operation in the world. Historic Route 66, "America’s Main Street", is Baxter Springs’ Main Street.
Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum at 8th and East Avenue should be your first stop to get an over-view of significant events and places. Enjoy many highly interpretive exhibits. No charge—just a big welcome for all visitors. Over 20,000 square foot of history.
Kansas Route 66 Visitor’s Center is another “must do”. The Phillips 66 station is at 10th and Military (our main street). This unique station, built in the 1920’s, is on the National Historic Register.
For Civil War buffs, pick up a map for the self-guided driving tours with twelve markers showing different actions that took place during the Battle at Baxter Springs and the massacre in 1863. The tour ends at the National Cemetery Plot dedicated to those that lost their lives during the battle and massacre.
While you are in Baxter Springs, visit one of our flea markets, antique stores, and specialty shops. Then enjoy a good meal at one of our restaurants.
For further information, call the Heritage Center, 620-856-2385 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org