Mound City, population 694, is the county seat of Linn County.  It was founded in 1857, four years before Kansas became a state.

This is a view from the mound from which the town got it's name.  Sugar Maples are indigenous and prolific in this area.

The Linn County Courthouse, 4th and Main, is the third oldest courthouse in the state, completed in 1886.  Historical photos and early courthouse artifacts are found on the first floor in this American Queen Anne style courthouse.

Similar patterns are used inside and out.

Woodland Cemetery, N. 5th, has a section called the Soldiers' Lot.  In 1865 it was given the designation as National Cemetery Plot No. 1 and was laid out by the government for soldiers killed in Battle of Mine Creek (which took place near Pleasanton).

In 1889, a granite monument was erected in honor of these soldiers.  Soldiers from later wars are also buried here. 

The cemetery is also the final resting place of James Montgomery a well-known free-state leader; William Stillwell, a victim of the Marais des Cygnes Massacre; and abolitionists Augustus and Susan Wattles.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 700 bock of Main, was built in 1941 as a shrine to St. Philippine Duchesne.  She was made a saint in 1988.

She taught Potawatomi children and nursed the sick in 1841 at Sugar Creek Mission, the end point of the Trail of Death.

The stone interior has murals, stained glass and stations that depict her story.The church is typically lockd so contact church deacon Don at 913.636.7174.

If you can't get ahold of Don, find Al or Pam Hurt, the insurance agent at 507 Main.  They'd be glad to help!