Erected by the Baxter Springs Chapter of the DAR in 1931, the marker is dedicated in Memory of Gen. James G. Blunt and his escort who, defenseless, fell victims to the inhuman ferocity of guerillas, led by the infamous Quantrill in his raid upon Baxter Springs, October 6, 1863, in which 135 union soldiers were slain and are now sleeping in the Baxter Springs National Cemetery. The DAR Marker is located one block west of Route 66 at 10th & Park at the Johnston Public Library.
See this marker and be standing in three states at once. The meeting point of Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri is six miles east of Baxter Springs on Highway 166/400 to the roundabout. Turn in to Down Stream Casino driveway. Then turn south on the small paved road just before the casino and continue to the dead end. Build in 1938 by the Youth Work Administration.
Black Dog Trail
Located on the grounds of the Historical Museum, the marker commemorates the Black Dog Trail opened in 1803 by Chief Black Dog (Manka - Chonka) and his band of Osage Indians who had a village nearby where springs once flowed freely.