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Marion, Kansas

Marion, Kansas

You might want to settle down in Marion to retire or raise a family. If you do, we have it all... good schools, health facilities, active community life, recreation, fine churches, and a low cost of living.

We have beautiful old homes with early American charm as well as modern ones--something for everyone!

Marion was dubbed "The Stone City" in the 1880's because of its many ornate limestone structures. These buildings have been preserved and are still functional today.

Leave the crowds behind as you browse and shop downtown Marion. The quaint shops, friendly merchants and the small town welcome are certain to make you feel "at home".

If you're looking to "get away from it all", come to Marion and its lake areas. You'll find a friendly, uncrowded, inexpensive place to relax. The natural beauty of the area's hills, lakes, streams, trees, and parks is inviting while offering some of the finest fishing and hunting to be found.

Government surveyors directed the first Settlers to the junction of Muddy Creek, Clear Creek, and the Cottonwood River; one saying it was " The Best Place I've Seen." The town was named Marion for the Revolutionary War General, Francis Marion, who also was known as The Swamp Fox. The first Settlers arrived in 1860 and made their first camp at the location of the present Central Park.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Marion Historical Museum

The Museum building was constructed in 1882 for the First Baptist Church and continued to serve Baptist congregations until the middle of the 1950s. It was then given to Marion County for use as a museum and formally dedicated in 1961 on Old Settler's Day - the year of Marion'

Marion, KS Museums

Marion County Courthouse

Completed in 1909, the Romanesque revival, native limestone courthouse has a clock tower and stone carvings at entrance. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Marion, KS Historic Courthouses

Central Park

Central Park continues to be a favorite spot to gather for outdoor fun, or sometimes just a stoll among the century old Burr Oaks. The shade from these mighty oaks makes this an outdoor haven even during those warm Kansas summers. The historic fountain built in the park in 1884

Marion, KS Recreation

Hill School Building

The Hill School building is the oldest building in the state of Kansas in continuous educational use. Built in 1873 of native stone, it is listed on the National Historic Register.

Marion, KS Historic Schoolhouses

Presbyterian Church

The distinction of being the oldest church organization in Marion County belongs to the Presbyterian Church of Marion, which is also listed on the State Register of Historic Buildings. The native stone used to build this structure was cut in 1872

Marion, KS Historic Churches

Things to do near Marion, KS