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Leavenworth, Kansas

Leavenworth, Kansas

Leavenworth, the "First City in Kansas," established in 1854 is located on the west banks of the Missouri River. It became nationally known as the "jumping off point" for the opening of the west. Buffalo Bill Cody spent part of his youth here and later worked in the area as a Pony Express rider and Army Scout. Cody's parents are buried here. Leavenworth has numerous historic vintage homes, sites, depots, and of course, the "Big House", the United States Federal Penitentiary. The Victorian Carroll Mansion, open daily to the public, was built in 1867. The mansion boasts magnificent woodwork and beautiful stained glass windows. Shop in the many antique and unique shops in the Historic Riverfront Downtown.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

River Connection Tour

The River Connection Tour is a great way for you and yours to spend a couple of days or a family weekend. A multitude of interesting historical attractions, sites and experiences are available daily and spending more than a day is a definite must to capture the true flavor of our communities.

Leavenworth, KS Tours

Performing Arts Center

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1938

Leavenworth, KS Theatres

United States Penitentiary -

Leavenworth is best known for the "Federal Pen" or "Big House", which is now a medium-security prison. Construction of this historic prison began in 1897, with the first cell house opening in 1906. The Federal Penitentiary has been the home of Kansas City Boss Tom Pendergast, George "Machine Gun"

Leavenworth, KS Penitentiaries

National Fred Harvey Museum

The National Fred Harvey Museum seeks to: * Restore the Harvey residence in Leavenworth to its historic magnificence. * Increase public awareness of Mr. Harvey's achievements and his contributions to civilizing the great American Southwest. *

Leavenworth, KS Museums

Riverfront Convention & Community Center

One of Leavenworth's "jewels" is the totally renovated and expanded 1888 Union Pacific Train Depot, now called the Riverfront Convention & Community Center. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located at 123

Leavenworth, KS Community Centers

Things to do near Leavenworth, KS

WPA Beach House

The WPA Beach House at Gardner Lake is listed on the National Register of Historic Places....

First Baptist Church of Bethel

First Baptist Church of Bethel is a church organized in 1872. In the early day they worshiped inside the old Pomeroy school h...