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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

City Park Historic Displays

After the Union Pacific Railroad converted to diesel power in the early 1950s, Marysville, a crew-change point, asked for and received the great old steam locomotive on display in City Park, a Baldwin Consolidation 2-8-0, built in 1901 for UP, later used for short-line freight hauls.

Marysville, KS Railroad History

Lee Dam Center for Fine Art

The center for fine art brings cultural events, visual arts, music, and educational programs to the community of Marysville to enhance and enrich the lives of citizens of all ages.

Marysville, KS Arts

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

Pony Express Bronze Horse & Rider

The bronze Pony Express Horse & Rider are located at the Pony Express Plaza, between Broadway & Highway 36 at 7th Street. The park is currently under construction, due to be finished this summer. The Pony Express Horse &

Marysville, KS Pony Express

Things to do near Marysville, KS

Kickapoo Nation Reservation (Kiikaapoaki)

The Kickapoo Nation Reservation is the second largest Indian reservation in the State of Kansas, covering an area of 6,570 ac...

Banner Creek Trails

There is a 5.2 mile roundtrip hiking and bicycling tralil was opened to the public in the spring of 1999 on the reservoir\'s ...