Named for Civil War general Alfred Pleasonton, Pleasanton is steeped in the history of the War Between the States. The town is located near the border between Kansas and Missouri in an area that witnessed fierce battles and skirmishes both before and during the war. Although Pleasanton's Mine Creek Battlefield is closed between late October and early April, the John Brown Museum in nearby Osawatomie offers year-round tours of the cabin that served as Brown's base of operations. Those whose appetite for nature is piqued by the lodge's grounds can head for the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, a 7,500-acre tract of forest and prairie in Pleasanton. The area around the refuge is home to dozens of species of mammals, including red fox, mink, and mountain lions as well as an enormous array of birds ranging from herons to red-tail hawks.