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5 Fun Facts About August 11 In Kansas History

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Here are five interesting facts about August 11 in Kansas history:

1. In 1856, a group of pro-slavery Missourians captured and imprisoned 11 free-state men in Lecompton, Kansas. The prisoners were later forced to participate in a rigged election that favored slavery.

2. In 1864, Civil War guerrilla leader William Quantrill was killed by Union soldiers in Kentucky. Quantrill is infamous for leading a raid on Lawrence, Kansas in 1863, during which his men killed nearly 200 civilians and burned down much of the town.

3. In 1896, the first electric streetcar began service in Wichita, Kansas. The Wichita Street Railway Company operated the car, which ran from Douglas and Broadway to Seneca and Valley Center.

4. In 1922, the Kansas State Fair relocated from Hutchinson to its current location in Hutchinson. The fair has been held annually since 1913 and attracts thousands of visitors from across the state.

5. In 1934, the infamous "shootout at the Little Bohemia Lodge" took place near Mercer, Wisconsin. Kansas natives John Dillinger and his gang had been staying at the lodge and were surprised by FBI agents who had been tracking them. The ensuing shootout resulted in the deaths of three civilians and one FBI agent.
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