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La Crosse, Kansas

La Crosse, Kansas

LaCrosse is known throughout the nation as the 'Barbed Wire Capital of the World' and hosts the Annual Barbed Wire Convention every spring. The Barbed Wire Museum, The Post Rock Museum, The Rush County Historical Museum, and a plaque honoring Howard R. Barnard (1863-1948), pioneer educator, founder of consolidated schools, and the school bus system, are located in Grass Park (the old Varney homestead) at the south side of town.

"LaCrosse was filed in 1876 as an original town site by the Missouri-Pacific Railroad when Rush County was re-surveyed two years after it was organized, making this location the exact center of the county. The land belonged to patentee and surveyor, Denman A. Stubbs, and wife, Ellen Jewell Stubbs, who came from Wisconsin and settled in 1874. These early settlers were the first developers of LaCrosse. Lots in the town were soon sold to young men, mostly members of the Society of Friends, from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Eastern Kansas.

The county offices were moved to LaCrosse from Rush Center in 1876, much to the dismay of Rush Center's citizens, and (usually) occupied the second story of a stone building on the west side of Main Street, with the court in a small frame building next door. The present court house was built in 1888 and became the permanent home of the county offices. This building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

The first LaCrosse school was erected in 1877. The earliest churches in LaCrosse were The United Brethren Church, first known as The LaCrosse Meeting of The Society of Friends, established in 1877; The Christian Church, established in 1887; and The Methodist Church.

- Rush County Historical Society


Rush County has 22,313 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Rush County Historical Museum

Housed in an old Santa Fe Depot which has been moved from Timken, Kansas, a town famous for its early family ties with the Timken Roller Bearing Company.

La Crosse, KS Museums

Post Rock Museum

The museum displays an authentic re-creation of a stone quarry used to cut posts for fencing. Also displayed are tools and other items depicting the history of post rock unique to this region. The museum is located in a native stone house built around 1883

La Crosse, KS Museums

Warren Stone Memorial Lake

While you are visiting La Crosse make sure to stop by the scenic Warren Stone Memorial Lake. The lake is located 2 miles east of La Crosse on K-4 highway and encompasses 2

La Crosse, KS Recreation

La Crosse City Park

Take a moment to sit back and relax while you are visiting La Crosse. The City Park is the perfect place to have a picnic and breathe in some fresh air.

La Crosse, KS Memorials

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

The internationally recognized museum displays over 700 varieties of barbed wire and related fencing items. Also housed in the museum is one of the largest collections of fencing tools in the world. Dioramas depict the use of barbed wire in the 19

La Crosse, KS Museums

Things to do near La Crosse, KS

80 Foot Wide Brick Streets

Take a walk along the 80 foot wide brick streets of downtown. WaKeeney was founded in 1879 by the efforts of a 33 year old Ch...