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Chanute, Kansas

Chanute, Kansas

Chanute owes its name and existence to a track-laying race between the Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Galveston (LL&G) and the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas (KATY) railroads in the early 1870's. At the junction where the two lines crossed, town promoters planned three towns: Tioga, New Chicago, and Chicago Junction. The two railroad rivals schemed and fought for dominance. Finally, after two years, rivalry-weary leaders cooperated to plat a fourth town, Alliance. This solution failed, so in 1873, they agreed to consolidate all the towns and call the conglomerate Chanute after Octave Chanute, the LL&G chief civil engineer who later became a pioneer aeronautical engineer. Known as the "Father of Aviation", Octave built the "Chanute Glider" which was an invaluable aid to the art of flying. It is given without remuneration that he made the success of the Wright brothers possible. He died in 1911 before the science of flying had made anything like its present success. A recognized authority in England and Canada in civil engineering, his life's aim was to see air transportation an accomplished fact.

Osa Johnson, the explorer, was born in Chanute; the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum containing photographs and artifacts is located here.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Safari Golf Course

The Safari Golf Course is a 9

Chanute, KS Golf Courses

Highland Park

Stop and relax at Highland Park while you are enjoying your stay in Chanute. Recreational opportunities include fishing, picnicing with a shelter, a playground, and tennis.

Chanute, KS Recreation

Chanute Art Gallery

The Chanute Art Gallery houses over 1,700 square feet of outstanding art and sculpture pieces. The gallery owns a permanent core collection of over 500 works of art which includes 25 mediums, representing 125

Chanute, KS Arts

Nu-Wa Industries Factory Tours

Nu-Wa Industries is the leading manufacturer of 5th wheel RV'

Chanute, KS Tours

Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum

Located in the beautifully restored Santa Fe depot, this unique attraction preserves the work of these famous wildlife photographers whose cameras introduced the exotic treasures of Africa and the South Pacific to many Americans in the early 1900

Chanute, KS Museums

Things to do near Chanute, KS

Columus Parks

Columbus City Park Picnics in the park, swimming pool, tennis courts, horseshoes, volleyball and basketball courts. Playgr...

Deer Trace Golf Course

An eighteen-hole facility including driving range. In addition to school athletics, children are offered activities such a...