The Life and Death of a Kansas Town Six Mile finally ran out of steam…

 

Six Mile, KS was a hotspot on the stage run from Jefferson City to St. Joseph. The tavern, built a decade before the Civil War, was the center of attraction for the town. It also proved to be a wartime gathering place for Red Legs, Union-supporting guerrillas. Other gangs also spent time there, taking in alcohol and venturing out to commit criminal acts. More than a few people died there.

But its time was limited. By 1894, the stages had run their course and railroads didn’t stop at Six Mile, which fell into disrepair.

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