Pottawatomie Township, Franklin County, Kansas
Location in Franklin County
|• Total||39.01 sq mi (101.04 km2)|
|• Land||38.83 sq mi (100.58 km2)|
|• Water||0.18 sq mi (0.46 km2) 0.46%|
|Elevation||889 ft (271 m)|
|• Density||17.2/sq mi (6.7/km2)|
|GNIS feature ID||0477613|
The streams of Hahn Branch, Mosquito Creek, Pottawatomie Creek, North Fork Sac Branch and South Fork Sac Branch run through this township.
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On May 24, 1856, during the Bleeding Kansas period of it was in Pottawatomie Township (north of Lane) at Dutch Henry's Crossing, on the Pottawatomie Creek, where the infamous Pottawatomie massacre took place. John Brown led a raid on a pro-slavery family's cabin in response to the Sacking of Lawrence. Five pro-slavery people were killed by Brown and his men. This attack was widely reported around the nation at the time and was one of several incidents that eventually led to the American Civil War.
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