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Oberlin, Kansas

Oberlin, Kansas

A former resident of Ohio, John A. Rodehaver, named the Decatur county seat town after the Ohio town of Oberlin.

Nestled in the Sappa Valley at the intersection of U.S. Highways 36 and 83, Oberlin offers an exciting blend of history, recreation, family-oriented activities and scenic beauty. A community which wants to share its past, present and future with you.

Pete Felten\'s \"Pioneer Family\" native limestone statue overlooks the central business district. Connecting canopies, pleasing architecture, global lights, and appealing store fronts create a unique shopping experience.

Recreation abounds in our area. Nearby lakes and streams offer excellent fishing and boating opportunities. Our rural location, complete with fields and creek bottoms, provides some of the best pheasant hunting in the Midwest. You can also enjoy a day of challenging golf at Oberlin\'s public, 9 hole course.


Decatur County has 7,601 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Last Indian Raid Museum

The Decatur County Museum is a celebration of prairie life. You can step back into the past by visiting the one-room schoolhouse, 1885 depot and jail, sod house and tack room. The museum has fifteen full buildings with over 15,000

Oberlin, KS Museums

Sappa Park

Take a drive through the 488-acre wooded scenic Sappa Park as nature reveals its unique setting with the lush greens of spring, harvest golds in the summer, and a variety of sparkling fall colors.

Oberlin, KS Parks

Bank of Oberlin

The Bank of Oberlin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This 1886 Victorian building now houses the Landmark Inn and Teller Room restaurant restored to its early banking splendor of cherry woodwork, wallpaper, and gas lights.

Oberlin, KS Historic Buildings

"Pioneer Family" Statue

The native limestone statue is the work of artist Pete Felten and overlooks the central business district.

Oberlin, KS Arts

The Gateway

Oberlin's state of the art civic center, plays a large part in the town's entertainment scene with plays, conventions, trade show, banquets, and numerous other activities.

Oberlin, KS Civic Centers

Things to do near Oberlin, KS

Cottonwood Ranch

Cottonwood Ranch was purchased by the Kansas Historical Society in 1982. The Ranch established in the late 1800's was started...