The Big Divide

A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region

Updated for 2014

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The border that changed everything.

The Missouri-Kansas state line is the most consequential border in American history.

Here was where the Civil War began — in the West, not the East …

Here was where legends were made before (John Brown), during (William Clarke Quantrill), and after the war (Jesse James) …

Here was where African American regiments first saw combat, even as Washington was debating the value of black soldiers

Here you can visit the school that set off the civil rights movement …

walk the country’s last great stretch of historic prairie …

and tour the house where a girl named Amelia learned she could do anything.

Just some of the reasons why The Big Divide has become one of the country’s premier destinations for history travel.

Diane and Aaron will show you to the sites that matter and help you make the most of your visit. Got kids? They’ve got you covered.


“Surprisingly versatile”


— David Von Drehle  (Rise to Greatness)

“Even locals may be surprised at the significant history just around the corner.” — Kansas History

Diane and Aaron “confronted the complex border state legacy and rendered it reader-friendly.” — Kansas City Star

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