101 North 9th Street Ottawa Kansas 66067 US

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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3775 Reno Road, Ottawa, KS, United States 5.79 km
Nosegay Roberta’s grandparents purchased the property in 1948. During World War II, prisoners of ...
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675 Shawnee Road, Pomona, KS 66076, United States 8.84 km
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2010 Osborne Terrace, Ottawa, KS, United States 9.67 km
Milkmaid Star The property has been in the family for four generations. It was a working dairy un...
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600 Shawnee Road, Pomona, KS 66076, United States 9.86 km
785-665-7576785-665-7576
Visit the “museum on the prairie.” Step into a one room school, visit a 1920 farm kit...
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3800 Montana Road, Ottawa, KS, United States 10.22 km
Lewis & Clark The property has been in the family since 1966. The barn was built around 1922....
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3065 Shawnee Road, Wellsville, KS, United States 10.65 km
Corn & Beans The property has been in the family for about 40 years. The original barn was in...
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1010 N Main, Ottawa, KS 66067 11.8 km
785-242-0027785-242-0027
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1002 North Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 11.81 km
785-242-9709785-242-9709
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600 North Locust Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 12.12 km
Designated a park in 1864 during the original platting of the city, Forest Park became famous for...
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534 North Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 12.38 km
785-242-6355785-242-6355
Monday-Saturday 10-5 Sunday 11-5
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901 West 2nd Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 12.43 km
Orlis Cox Field is a recreational complex which is home to the baseball programs sponsored by the...
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505 N Main St, Ottawa, KS, United States 12.48 km
785-242-4098785-242-4098
Sunday 12-5 Monday 10-5 Closed Tuesday Wednesday-Saturday 10-5
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913 E Wilson St, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 12.51 km
(785) 214-3787(785) 214-3787
Lap swimming and water aerobics available!
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424 North Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 12.59 km
785-242-1493785-242-1493
• Banquet seating: 100 • Classroom seating: 50 • Kitchen facilities • Additional chairs/tables
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334 N Main St, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 12.62 km
785-242-6772785-242-6772
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222 E. Logan St. Ottawa, KS 66067 12.62 km
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405 North Main Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 12.63 km
785-242-1580785-242-1580
Mon-Sun 11-9:30 Notes: $7-$15 per person Menu items & buffet
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506 Sand Creek Road, Pomona, KS, United States 12.7 km
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135 Tecumseh Street, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 12.76 km
Built in 1888, this stone depot was designed by local architect George Washburn and built by the ...
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Powhattan St. and Birch Street Ottawa, KS 66067 12.89 km
Heritage Park, located on the northeast side of town, is among the City’s most recent addit...
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