Learn about the oldest, still-occupied settlement in Kansas. Trading Post was established prior to 1825 as a trade center which then led to the creation of Trading Post Settlement. Tour multiple buildings while learning about the influential history of our little town.


Thru-Sat: 10 am-3 pm and Sun: Noon-3pm; Closed Nov to April.

Contact Information

15710 N 4th St
From KS Hwy 52, turn south on Valley Rd (.2 miles east of Hwy 69), follow road to Trading Post.
Pleasanton, KS 66075
Phone: 913-352-6441

Location Type


Site Info

AC / Heating
Group Tours
Research Library
Wheel Chair Accessible

The Trading Post Museum is located in Trading Post , the oldest existing settlement in Kansas (just outside of Pleasanton, Kansas). Among the artifacts displayed in the Trading Post Museum are Indian flint and clothing, early weapons, bullets from the Civil War battle fought here, early pioneer household goods, and more.

Along with the main building, you can tour the 1886 schoolhouse, the Amos Tubbs cabin, and a machine shop. The museum houses Linn County tax ledger books from 1863 forward, census records, Trading Post school records, obituaries, marriage records for Linn County, cemetery records, as well as many photographs of area residents. The Museum also houses a large genealogy library and resources.

Stories & Comments

Alice Widner  |  on 3/7/2012

Trading Post may have the oldest well in Kansas, dating back to 1825 when the trading post was established. It is still in existence today, on the lot that once housed the Fort built in Trading Post in 1841. The fort was abandoned when the fort at Fort Scott was built in 1842. The fort at Trading Post was used by several people as a home also as the fur trading post after the flood of 1844.

Cherie Cannon  |  on 8/20/2013

This is a wonderful place to get family history. Thank you Alice. You are amazing!

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