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In the 1930s and 40s, Leavenworth staged Pioneer Days celebrations, forerunners of the annual Buffalo Bill Days celebrations which began in the late 1960s.

Crowds gathered on Delaware Street to view a 1948 parade which included a number of wagons, carriages and a hearse, right foreground.
In 1885, Leavenworth gave 640 acres south of the city for a home for disabled Civil War veterans. The first disabled soldier was admitted in 1885.

In 1893, the Immanuel Chapel, made famous in Ripley's 'Believe It or Not,' was built on the grounds of what today is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center."

In 1906, the first cellhouse of the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary was opened. Among the infamous criminals incarcerated here were George "Bugs" Moran, Machine Gun Kelly and Robert Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz. This imposing facility took about 30 years to complete.
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