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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

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

University of St. Mary

No longer a private institution, this four year college is located across the street from the Veterans Administration Center. The College's administration building, St. Mary Hall, was completed in 1870. Visitors are welcome to visit the De Paul Library's Special Collections:

Leavenworth, KS Colleges

First City Museum

The museum houses collections of early frontier memorabilia and artifacts including buggies and cutters manufactured in Leavenworth. There is also a mock-up of the United States Penitentiary, plus other prison memorabilia.

Leavenworth, KS Museums

Leavenworth Historical Wayside Tour

Leavenworth, the "First City of Kansas", invites you to take a walk back in time and explore the history of "Where the West Began" by visiting our Historic Wayside Tour.

Leavenworth, KS Tours

Things to do near Leavenworth, KS

Lakeside Hills Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 4 days...

Milburn Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

WPA Beach House

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