Pleasant Grove, Kansas

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Pleasant Grove, Kansas
KDOT map of Douglas County (legend)
Pleasant Grove is located in Kansas
Pleasant Grove
Pleasant Grove
Pleasant Grove is located in the United States
Pleasant Grove
Pleasant Grove
Coordinates: 38°51′20″N 95°16′11″W / 38.85556°N 95.26972°W / 38.85556; -95.26972Coordinates: 38°51′20″N 95°16′11″W / 38.85556°N 95.26972°W / 38.85556; -95.26972[1]
CountryUnited States
Elevation1,086 ft (331 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code785
FIPS code20-56350 [1]
GNIS ID479511 [1]

Pleasant Grove is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Kansas, United States.[1] It is located four miles south of Lawrence.


According to the Lawrence Journal-World, it is believed that the first organized Douglas County German Baptist group met in Pleasant Grove in 1858, in the house of Stephen Studebaker. Several years later, during Quantrill's Raid, William Quantrill and his men came close to Pleasant Grove after pillaging Lawrence. However, because many of the raiders were drunk and loud, some of the townsfolk alerted others as to the raiders' presence. Nevertheless, Quantrill and his men razed a number of houses and barns in the area, looking for anti-slavery settlers of interest.[2]

In 1877, the first German Baptist meeting house in the state of Kansas was built in the town.[2]

It had a post office from 1875 until 1900.[3]

In 1912, the small town had a population of 45 and received rural free delivery from nearby Baldwin City.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Pleasant Grove, Kansas; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
  2. ^ a b Sneed, Bill (August 21, 2001). "Civil War Memories Retold". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Post Offices". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Blackmar, Frank, ed. (1912). "Pleasant Grove". Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, etc. Chicago, IL: Standard Publishing Company. p. 481. Retrieved August 7, 2018.

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