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Garnett, Kansas

Garnett, Kansas

Garnett, located in the fertile, rolling hills of East Central Kansas, is a community of varied interests and attractions. Few areas offers such a diverse selection of recreational opportunities within a 3.5 mile radius. Along with the tourguide of attractions, museums, and historic sites, you are sure to enjoy the family fun-filled activities at each of our three city lakes.

100 years ago ...

Information obtained from Anderson County history books reveal that Harry and Beatrice Houdini traveled to Garnett in 1897. Houdini held a seance at the Opera House hoping to communicate with his deceased mother who would tell them who had murdered an Anderson County resident. The Opera house was overflowing and the crowd enjoyed the suspenseful show. However, the murderer was never disclosed. During his stay, Harry Houdini was put in a lock box which was placed inside the city jail. Needless to say, the famous Houdini easily escaped.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Santa Fe Depot

tThe Santa Fe Depot was renovated in 1996 and serves as a tourist information center and resting place for The Spirit Trail users. The are picnic facilities, restrooms, concession area (vending machines), and trail lounge.

Garnett, KS Railroad History

Prairie Spirit Trail

Prairie Spirit TrailThe Prairie Spirit Trail offers biking and hiking enthusiasts, runners, bird watchers and nature lovers a new Kansas outdoor adventure. From Ottawa to Iola, the Prairie Spirit Trail encompasses 50 miles of trail.

Garnett, KS Trails

Harris House

Built in 1888 by Peter Brandt, the Victorian style house was donated to the Anderson County Historical Society by the Dr. C. B. Harris family. Refurbished in 1986

Garnett, KS Famous Homes

Lake Garnett

Constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's, Lake Garnett has a surface area of over 55 acres. The lake provides camping facilities, electric and water hookups, and a sanitary dump station. Camping, permits are required and game fish are stocked in Garnett'

Garnett, KS Recreation

Anderson County Historical Society Museum

The Anderson County Historical Society acquired the Longfellow School building in 1993 which was originally built in 1885. When a fire destroyed the school in 1924

Garnett, KS Museums

Things to do near Garnett, KS

The Columbus Trolley

Tour our city in our double decker trolley!...

Pawnee Wildlife Preserve

Pawnee Wildlife Preserve is the answer for today's hunter. It is getting almost impossible to find a good private place to hu...

City Campground

Overnight camping is available at the Yates Center City Campground. Located on the right as you enter Reservoir Road. The cam...