The Hanging Tree
A giant elm, it's branches spreading nearly 100 feet, grew here on the bank of Spring Branch. It shaded Fort Blair's mess kitchen during the Civil War and later was infamous as the site of vigilante justice. As many as seven horse thieves were hanged from the tree at one time. The old tree died and was cut down in the 1950's.
Location. 37° 1.732′ N, 94° 44.06′ W. Marker is in Baxter Springs, Kansas, in Cherokee County. Marker is on 7th Street east of Military Avenue (U.S. 69), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baxter Springs KS 66713, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Big Spring (a few steps from this marker); 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry at Fort Blair (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Dog Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Baxter Springs (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle For Fort Blair (about 300 feet away); Fort Blair West Breastworks (about 300 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Fort Blair Blockhouse (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baxter Springs.
Also see . . . History of Baxter Springs. (Submitted on January 17, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Environment • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.