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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

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

Elgin House Apartments

The Elgin House apartments was originally a 42 room hotel with a dining room that seated 80 guests, and provided billiard and card rooms. It was built in 1886 of native stone, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Marion, KS Historic Hotels


Antique Fountain

This ornate fountain was built in 1884 and is located in Central Park.

Marion, KS Arts

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

Things to do near Marion, KS

Council Grove Birdwatching

Scenic Council Grove Reservoir attracts flocks of migrating ducks, geese, cormorants, and gulls. In winter bald eagles are fr...

Indian Hills Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Great Life Golf & Fitness at Chisholm Trail

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...