Our work at Alt Spec is typically concerned with documenting an event or asset in a manner that tells it's story from a present perspective. However, we recently got an opportunity to leverage our drones to help tell the historic narrative of the Quindaro Ruins in Kansas City, KS. The media will be used in a symposium and other efforts to raise awareness about this special site.
Here are a few pictures and a brief explanation of the site's significance offered by Paul Wenske of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area nonprofit organization:
The town of Quindaro, KS, near present day Kansas City, KS, played a key role in the struggle against slavery along the border of Kansas and Missouri. The town was founded in 1857 by members of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, in collaboration with the Wyandot Indian Tribe, and became a Free-State port on the Missouri River for anti-slave activists and a vital stop for escaped slaves traveling the Underground Railroad. While much of the ruins are covered by overgrown brush, the stone foundations of the town’s brewery and the cemetery remain visible. In 2005, an overlook was built on the bluffs above the historic town site, which is currently the subject of community efforts to have the site named a National Historic Landmark.