Palmyra Township, Douglas County, Kansas

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Palmyra Township
Signal Oak, a historic spot in Palmyra Township
Signal Oak, a historic spot in Palmyra Township
Location in Douglas County
Location in Douglas County
Coordinates: 38°47′20″N 095°09′01″W / 38.78889°N 95.15028°W / 38.78889; -95.15028Coordinates: 38°47′20″N 095°09′01″W / 38.78889°N 95.15028°W / 38.78889; -95.15028
Country United States
State Kansas
County Douglas
 • Total 82.57 sq mi (213.86 km2)
 • Land 81.92 sq mi (212.17 km2)
 • Water 0.65 sq mi (1.69 km2)  0.79%
Elevation 1,050 ft (320 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,760
 • Density 70.3/sq mi (27.1/km2)
GNIS feature ID 0479537

Palmyra Township is a township in Douglas County, Kansas, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 5,760. It was named after a small trail stop on the Santa Fe Trail that was later absorbed into Baldwin City. When it was first established in 1855, it was called Calhoun, until 1858.


Palmyra Township covers an area of 82.57 square miles (213.9 km2) and contains one incorporated settlement, Baldwin City. According to the USGS, it contains six cemeteries: Baldwin City, Brumbaugh, Oakwood, Old Black Jack, Prairie City and Vinland.

The stream of Wymore Creek runs through this township.

Adjacent townships[edit]

Towns and settlements[edit]

A marker near the townsite of Brooklyn in Palmyra Township.

Although these towns may not be incorporated or populated, they are still placed on maps produced by the county.


Major highways[edit]


Palmyra Township contains one airport or landing strip, Vinland Valley Aerodrome.

The boulder marking the location of Signal Oak.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Douglas State Fishing Lake northeast of Baldwin City has fishing, hunting and limited camping.
  • Signal Oak, a hill north of Baldwin where a tall oak tree once stood that was used to warn Lawrence about approaching guerilla attacks. The tree is gone but is clearly marked and has a scenic view of the Coal Creek, Wakarusa and Kaw Valleys.
  • Spring Lake, a small fishing and recreation lake southeast of Baldwin offer scenic views, fishing and hiking trails.
  • Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve and Robert Pearson Memorial Park, located east of Baldwin marks wagon ruts along the Santa Fe Trail and the Battle of Black Jack which some consider the first battle of the Civil War.


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