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Lane's Fort on Mount Oread, near Lawrence, Kansas Teritory.


  • MEDIUM: Wood engraving with modern handcoloring,

    DATE: c. 1859

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 10 3/4 x 7 3/4" (273 x 195 mm)

  • DESCRIPTION: A 19th-century perspective of Lane's Fort on Mount Oread, near Lawrence, Kansas Territory, c. 1859, captured as a wood engraving and handcolored to highlight the details. The scene depicts the rough, irregular limestone structure with embrasures for cannons, surrounded by the rugged landscape. Fort Lane, located in Douglas County, Kansas, was an unofficial fort established in 1856 and named after James H. Lane. It served as a stronghold for Free-State men during the Kansas-Missouri Border War. Built by Lawrence residents atop Mount Oread, it functioned as a lookout post to monitor potential attacks on Lawrence amidst the conflict over Kansas' status as a free or slave state. Abandoned in 1857 and destroyed during William Quantrill’s Raid in August 1863, the U.S. Army established another fort on Mount Oread in February 1864. The image depicted is the original fort, prior to the one built by the Army in 1864.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: This piece is in a mat for handling.

  • CONDITION: Good condition.


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