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Marquette, Kansas

Marquette, Kansas

The roads of Kansas stretch for thousands of miles, and carry travelers to as many destinations. And a few of them lead here--to Marquette. Marquette was founded by Swedish immigrants in the 1870's. They saw this beautiful area nestled in the Smoky Hills of south central Kansas, as the ideal place to start a community. Today Marquette's entire downtown area is listed as a Kansas historical site, and as you drive into town you'll immediately see why!

Constructed during the 1880's, most of Marquette's downtown buildings display a decorative metal trim-work meticulously painted in a Scandinavian motif. The painting began as a beautification project for a single building but quickly spread throughout downtown, leaving behind one of the most attractive business districts in Kansas.

From its historic main street with authentic turn of the century stores and buildings, to delightful neighborhoods with beautifully restored and maintained period homes, it seems like time has stood still in this idyllic prairie town. Visit the schoolhouse, stroll through the stores, stop off at the soda fountain, and browse for antiques. Step back in time as we take you on a brief tour of this delightful Kansas "secret" -- discover Marquette!

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Marquette Visitor's Tour

Schedule

9:00 A.M. - Arrive in Marquette for restrooms and coffee time.

Hot coffee and rolls at the Cafe - Tuesday thru Saturday, OR

Marquette, KS Tours

Marquette Historical Museum

The museum is on the State Register of Historic Places and highlights early Marquette and pioneer items, including a number of items that recall the tornado of 1905 which left serveral town structures damaged or destroyed. The Elim Lutheran Church young people society (Luther League)

Marquette, KS Museums

Marquette's Historic Downtown

The downtown area of Marquette was built in the 1880's and 1890's, and has been restored to its turn of the century appearance. Most of Marquette'

Marquette, KS Historic Downtowns

City Parks

The beautiful native stone park entrances to Marquette's City Park were built in the 1920's by local stone masons. They were donated by various organizations in the community which engraved their names on the posts.

Swimming Pool

Marquette'

Marquette, KS Recreation

Range School Museum

This authentic one-room schoolhouse was moved into Marquette from its location northwest of town. It was built in 1906, and is very unique because of its all-wood interior. It has been beautifully restored and is operated as a museum by the Marquette Historical Society. It was moved here in 1986

Marquette, KS Historic Schoolhouses

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