West 1st Street Lane Kansas 66042 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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405 S Kansas Ave. Lane, KS 0 km
785-869-2976785-869-2976
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1031 Virginia Road, Lane, KS, United States 2.44 km
Variation of Indiana Star The property has been in the family for more than 40 years. The farm gr...
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1526 Vermont Road, Rantoul, KS 66079, United States 6.24 km
This ranch provides equine assisted activities for those individuals who face physical or cogniti...
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1526 Vermont Road, Rantoul, KS, United States 6.24 km
Bridle Path The barn originally was a milk barn and was rebuilt for horses. The business offers t...
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4409 Hamilton Terrace, Rantoul, KS 66079, United States 8.45 km
785-893-0021785-893-0021
Stone Creek Ranch is available to rent for Weddings in their 2800sf barn, open air garden, butter...
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513 Ohio Road, Richmond, KS 66080, United States 9.48 km
785-835-7057785-835-7057
Come see this small family fruit farm featuring value-added products made on-site in their certif...
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3960 Rock Creek Road, Ottawa, KS, United States 13.24 km
Farmer’s Wife Linda grew up as a farm girl and married a part-time farmer, which has grown ...
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661 Highway 59, Richmond, KS, United States 14.37 km
Feathered Star The block is from the owner’s grandmother’s quilt. The barn protects seed, supplie...
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2246 Ohio Terrace, Ottawa, KS, United States 14.61 km
Farmer’s Daughter The barn was built in 2006 for Lucille and Ron Spencer. The property has ...
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2832 Ellis Road, Princeton, KS, United States 14.73 km
Double Wedding Ring The block honors the couple’s 40th wedding anniversary and was installed befo...
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2710 Vermont Road, Rantoul, KS 66079, United States 15.38 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 15.38 km
Eagle with Trees & Pumpkins The property has been in the family since 1985, with the barn bui...
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119 East Central Avenue, Richmond, KS 66080, United States 15.54 km
785-835-6598785-835-6598
The newest museum to the area concentrates on the local history of Richmond, KS. It has a large a...
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119 East Central Avenue, Richmond, KS, United States 15.54 km
Richmond Star The building originally was a lumberyard and now houses a museum. One of the items ...
205 West Central Avenue, Richmond, KS 66080, United States 15.76 km
785-835-6465785-835-6465
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3493 Rock Creek Road, Ottawa, KS, United States 16.03 km
Double Windmill The property has been in the family since 1967. The barn originally was used to s...
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1457 Highway 59, Princeton, KS 66078, United States 16.83 km
785-937-2225785-937-2225
Wed-Thur 4 pm- 9 pm Friday 11 am -10 pm Sat. 8:30-10pm, Sun Closed Notes: Steak Dinner, Hamburgers
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2700 Tennessee Drive, Ottawa, Peoria, KS 66067, United States 16.96 km
The four historical self-guided tours to the four corners of Franklin County are offered with a g...
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1535 Highway 59, Princeton, KS 66078, United States 17.03 km
785-937-4163785-937-4163
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218 Galveston St Princeton, KS 17.48 km
785-937-2225785-937-2225
Wed –  Thurs: 4 – 9
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