The Mine Creek Battlefield (a civil war battlefield) and Museum is located 10 miles southwest of the Refuge and east of Mound City, Kansas. Another museum and civil war site, the Marais des Cygnes Massacre Site, lies 3 miles north of the Refuge. Both sites are managed by local curators with the Kansas State Historical Society.
Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area is a 7,500-acre site managed by Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The area borders the refuge on the west side and is primarily managed for waterfowl and to provide waterfowl hunting opportunities. They may be reached at 913-352-8941.The Trading Post Museum, located less than two miles southwest of the Refuge office, displays items and documents telling the stories of settlement of Trading Post as a French fur trading post in 1825, local Civil War events, settlement of the area and local Native American cultures. It also houses a large genealogy library and associated resources. Tel. 913-352-6441.
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