In 1856 the Free State Hotel, a well-fortified structure built by the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society to receive anti-slavery settlers as they arrived from the east, was destroyed in a fire set by Border Ruffians. The Hotel was rebuilt only to be burned down again in 1863, when Quantrill's Bushwackers raided the city. This engraving was made for Sara Robinson, and was included as the frontispiece of her book Kansas: Interior and Exterior Life (1856).

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