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The four historical self-guided tours to the four corners of Franklin County are offered with a guide map available at the Visitor Information Center at 2011 East Logan in Ottawa, KS. Sites are numbered and accompanied by a brief historical account. Tours cover 40-60 miles. Private property is designated and should be respected.

County road names are in alphabetical order beginning with Allen and Alabama in the southwest corner of the county. East-west road follow the names of Kansas counties: north-south roads follow the names of the states. Half-mile roads are designated as terraces and follow the same name order.

Several major roads still carry their original names – John Brown Highway, Rock Creek, Sand Creek (all east-west roads) and Eisenhower Road (north-south). Highways US-59 and K-68 bisect the county north-south intersecting in Ottawa. These tours follow generally well-maintained county roads – gravel and blacktop. Roads are marked with green and white road signs at intersections. Theft of these signs has been a problem in the past. Roads designated as minimum maintenance should be drive with care in wet weather. None are integral to the tours.

The Marais des Cygnes (Marsh of the Swans) River meanders through the center of Franklin County going west to east and through Ottawa at the Main Street bridge. Called the Osage east of Kansas, it drains into the Missouri River just east of Jefferson City, MO.

Although all four tours feature a number of early or historic structures, many have been lost and are designated only as sites.

The terrain of Franklin County varies between hills, timber and prairie, sometimes abruptly. Streams abound, most feeding into the Marais des Cygnes.

Among the food and rest stops available are Wellsville, Ottawa, Williamsburg, Pomona, Richmond, Lane, and Princeton.

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2710 Vermont Road, Rantoul, KS 66079, United States 3.98 km
The farm offers a bountiful assortment of pumpkins in the fall and a tree farm for the holidays. ...
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2710 Vermont Road, Rantoul, KS, United States 3.98 km
Eagle with Trees & Pumpkins The property has been in the family since 1985, with the barn bui...
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3960 Rock Creek Road, Ottawa, KS, United States 3.99 km
Farmer’s Wife Linda grew up as a farm girl and married a part-time farmer, which has grown ...
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3493 Rock Creek Road, Ottawa, KS, United States 5.33 km
Double Windmill The property has been in the family since 1967. The barn originally was used to s...
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2246 Ohio Terrace, Ottawa, KS, United States 5.39 km
Farmer’s Daughter The barn was built in 2006 for Lucille and Ron Spencer. The property has ...
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4310 Pawnee Road, Wellsville, KS, United States 6.38 km
Four Block Star The owners purchased the property in 2003. Cattle and pasture are the focus of th...
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4211 Pawnee Road, Wellsville, KS, United States 6.48 km
Pink Ribbon The property was purchased in 1959. At age 29, Beth was diagnosed with breast cancer....
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2729 Nebraska Road, Ottawa, KS, United States 6.65 km
Kansas Star The property has been in the family since 2007. The barn is more than 110 years old a...
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3196 Hwy 68, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 7.57 km
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3161 Hwy 68, Ottawa, KS, United States 7.8 km
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3712 Texas Road, Ottawa, KS, United States 8.01 km
Sunflower The block combines two hobbies, Kansas history and quilting. They operated a registered...
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3593 N Old Highway 59 Ottawa, KS 8.31 km
785-242-1922785-242-1922
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4430 Old Highway 59 Ottawa, KS 8.31 km
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4409 Hamilton Terrace, Rantoul, KS 66079, United States 8.54 km
785-893-0021785-893-0021
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2011 E. Logan PO Box 203 Ottawa, KS 66067 9.08 km
(785) 242-1411(785) 242-1411
The Franklin County Quilt Block Tour was the first organized quilt block tour in Kansas. The tour...
2011 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 9.08 km
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2011 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 9.08 km
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2011 E Logan St, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 9.08 km
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2011 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 9.08 km
• Reception seating: 75 • Classroom seating: 26 • Limited kitchen facilities
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2011 East Logan Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 9.08 km
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