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Marysville, Kansas

Marysville, Kansas

In 1851, Francis J. (Frank) Marshall of Weston, Missouri arrived at the bank of the Big Blue River. He came here to establish a trading post and to operate a ferry. On November 11, 1854, Marshall opened the first civilian Post Office in the Territory of Kansas. Marshall lent his name to our county, and Marysville was named to honor his wife Mary.

For nearly a century, this North Central Kansas town enjoyed slow, steady growth with little concern over economic pressures. Situated in the Big Blue River Valley, it became the marketing center for Marshall County farmers. This community was populated by immigrants from Northern Europe.

The Oregon Trail and Mormon Trails converged at a river crossing just south of town. Marysville became the first major station out of St. Joseph, Missouri, on the Pony Express route. One of the buildings used to stable the Pony Express horses was renovated for its historical value. Nearby is the Pony Express Museum in the Old Wells Fargo carriage barn. More than 3,000 historical momentos are kept in the museum on exhibit. It was an important stopover point on the Overland Stage Lines and the military route from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Kearny.

Later, it became a railroad town on Union Pacific Railroads main freight line between Kansas City, Kansas to Hastings, Nebraska. At least 25 one-mile freight trains pass through Marysville daily.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Historic Courthouse Museum

One of Marysville's great old landmarks is the Historic Marshall County Courthouse. Built in 1891, the brick-faced Romanesque gem has columns of polished red granite. "Justice" stands out in terra-cotta in cornices above the second-floor windows. It is listed on the

Marysville, KS Museums

Pony Express Original Home Station #1

Built in 1859 by Joseph Cottrell, the Pony Express Barn Museum is the oldest building in Marshall County. Too, it is the only original home station along the Pony Express route at its original site. The Pony Express System was inaugurated April 3, 1860

Marysville, KS Pony Express

South Koester House - Restaurant

The newest house in the historic Koester Block was built circa 1904-1906 and is now a restaurant.

Marysville, KS Historic Homes

Doll House Museum

Enjoy a nationally recognized collection of Dolls, Indians, Toys and History, stretching from antique to the present time and all appearing in storytelling antics. The "Doll Museum comes with it's own unique Story Telling Experience." Over 1,500

Marysville, KS Museums

Hutchinson House

The Hutchinson House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built by Perry Hutchinson in 1872, this French Renaissance architectural style home is now a private residence.

Marysville, KS Historic Homes

Things to do near Marysville, KS

Maxwell Springs

Maxwell Springs is believed to have been a water source for travelers through Nemaha County, including Pony Express riders. T...

Banner Creek Boating

Boating and water skiing are permitted on most of the 535 surface acre resevoir. All water vessels are required to obey signs...