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C.N. James Log Cabin & Trading Post 

When visiting the C.N. James log cabin, you feel the warmth, determination and struggles of the early pioneer.

Built in 1868, the cabin stood one and a half stories tall and was known as the Shamleffer and James Trading Post.  The cabin is built of hand-hewn cottonwood logs from along the Walnut River.  Some of these logs are 12 to 14 inches in width.  The cabin is on the National Register of Historical Places and is one of only two, in the state of Kansas, on its original site.  It is one of the oldest landmarks in Butler County.  In 2010 it was nominated as one  of  the " 8 Wonders of Butler County".

Augusta's first school classes were held in the upper loft and it became the meeting place of the Baptist and Methodist churches and the Masonic Lodge.

Over the years, it was used as a boarding house, residence and woodworking shop.  In 1939, it was purchased by the Augusta Historical Society, who restored the building and opened it for a museum.

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Take a journey back in time . . . back to Augusta's yesteryears.


Augusta Historical Society

303 State
Augusta, Kansas 67010
Phone: 316.775.5655
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Museum Hours:
Monday through Friday:  11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday:  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.