Baldwin City in Douglas County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The First College In Kansas
Erected this building and opened its door for instruction November 22, 1858
Werner Renick Davis, President
The trustees realizing their financial inability to construct a building to meet their dreams of the future requirements of the college, erected this building here as a temporary educational center rather than on the campus which had been already designated.
Erected 1908 by Class of 1891 on its Fiftieth Anniversary.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education.
Location. 38° 46.651′ N, 95° 11.101′ W. Marker is in Baldwin City, Kansas, in Douglas County. Marker is on 5th Street, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 513 5th Street, Baldwin City KS 66006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Palmyra (approx. 0.6 miles away); Palmyra Well (approx. 0.6 miles away); Trail Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Baldwin (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Battle of Black Jack (approx. Battle of Black Jack (approx. 3.1 miles away); Ivan L. Boyd Memorial Prairie Preserve (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Black Jack (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baldwin City.
Regarding Baker University. This College Building was constructed during the height of the "Bleeding Kansas" era and there are several other markers noting the conflict in the area. It is truly amazing that a group of men were able to take on an undertaking such as the founding and building of a college with that kind of turmoil going on.
Also see . . .
1. National Register of Historic Places for Douglas County Kansas. The information on the Old Castle is about halfway down the page. (Submitted on June 15, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
2. National Register Application. This pdf contains the history of the Old Castle and details on its construction. (Submitted on June 15, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
3. Baker University Old Castle Museum. This link provides information on the Old Castle Museum and is provided by Baker University. (Submitted on June 15, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 936 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 15, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.