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The Eldridge Hotel (detail)
|Title: The Eldridge Hotel (detail)|
Artist: Hughes, Langston
Eldridge Hotel, detail.
This 1940 plaque next to the Eldridge Hotel entrance reads:
This marks the site of the free state hotel erected in 1855 by the New England Emigrant Aid Society. Destroyed by Sheriff Jones and his posse May 21, 1856, and rebuilt by Col. Schaler W. Eldridge. Quantrill and his raiders destroyed Lawrence August 21, 1863, burned the Eldridge Hotel and massacred the citizens. Col. Eldridge restored the hotel which stood until 1926 when it was rebuilt by W.G. Hutson.Sheriff Jones and William Quantrill were pro-slavery leaders based in Missouri. The Border Wars are considered by some historians to predate the April 12, 1861 outbreak of the Civil War at Ft. Sumter, South Carolina.