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Beecher Bible and Rifle Church

Beecher Bible and Rifle Church
The Beecher and Bible Rifle Church still holds services every Sunday.

A short drive south of town on Highway 99, then a job west on K-18, leads to the historic church established in late June 1857 established by Free State sympathizers.

When the Kansas-Nebraska Bill passed in May 1854, it allowed Kansans to have a say about whether theirs would be a free or a slave state.

Many from outside the state came to Kansas to influence that decision. One group, known as the Connecticut-Kansas Colony, arrived with Sharps rifles and 25 Bibles provided by the congregation of Henry Ward Beecher, the well-known minister from Brooklyn, New York.

The colonists joined with earlier settlers and founded a church in Wabaunsee, now called the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church.

It not only still stands, but it also still holds Sunday services.

Location

It is located 3 miles south on Highway 99, then 2.5 miles west on    K-18, south on Elm Street for 0.3 mile.

Tours

Contact them at (785) 617-1300 or (785) 456-9591


For more information on the area

Contact the Wamego Historical Society at (785) 456-2040

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