Lecompton played a major historical role in pre-Civil War America as the Territorial capital of Kansas from 1855 to 1861. This time period was known as Bleeding Kansas. Lecompton (Kansas Territorial Capital) is the site of the writing of the controversial “Lecompton Constitution” for admittance of Kansas into the union as a pro-slavery state. The document written in Constitution Hall sparked a chain of events that divided the nation and eventually culminated in the Civil War.
Originally called “Bald Eagle,” historic Lecompton is located about halfway between Topeka and Lawrence, three miles from Highways 40 or 24, and also five miles from the Lecompton Turnpike Interchange, Exit 197.
Come see historic Lecompton, view a large selection of pre-Civil War maps and books at Lane University Museum. See the National Landmark Constitution Hall and the charming Democratic Headquarters.