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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As featured by the

Civil War Trust

Warning! The Big Divide is for serious road trippers only!

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 great war (Jesse James).

Here was where African American regiments first saw combat, while Washington debated the worthiness of black soldiers.

Not even many locals know it, but this place we call The Big Divide is one of the country’s premier destinations for history travel.

Here was the segregated elementary school that set off the civil rights movement, and the house where a girl named Amelia learned she could do anything.

If you’re serious about learning our country’s story — from all sides — then 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.

So what are you waiting for? Take a ride on The Big Divide!


“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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