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Osborne, Kansas

Osborne, Kansas

When one thinks of the central part of the United States, not only should they think of Kansas, but they should think Osborne, Kansas. Located just southeast of Osborne is the Geodetic Center of North America. Placed in 1891 and confirmed in 1910, the Geodetic Center is the initial point upon which all North American surveys, deeds, and maps are based.

Founded in 1871, Osborne has been welcoming travelers to the heart of America ever since. Osborne was incorporated in 1879 and was named for Civil War Veteran Captain Vincent B. Osborne, who lost a leg at the Battle of Joy's Ford in Arkansas in 1865.

The early settlers found the region's fertile soils and extended growing season conductive for grain production. Today's visitor can witness at harvest time the impressive production of wheat, corn and milo that contribute to the area's economic base.

For the outdoor enthusiast, the Osborne area can be a sportsman's paradise. Four lakes, all within 40 miles of Osborne, offer boating, fishing, swimming, and camping. Osborne is also in the midst of some of the best deer, pheasant, turkey, and quail hunting you will find in the Midwest.

The Osborne visitor can enjoy outdoor activities at the municipal swimming pool, tennis courts or just spend some time enjoying one of the three parks located in the community.

Osborne is located at the junction of U.S. Highways 281 and 24, just 45 minutes north of Interstate 70.


Osborne County has 34,715 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Osborne Carnegie Research Library

The Osborne Carnegie Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1912

Osborne, KS Genealogy

Osborne Shady Bend Golf Course

Want a Challenge? Try Shady Bend Golf Course in Osborne, Kansas. You'll like the irrigated, tree lined, blue grass fairways and the undulating, sloped bent grass greens. Our 9 hole golf course, par 36, is a challenge to any golfer with our slope rating of 130.

Our economical $10

Osborne, KS Golf Courses

Osborne County Veterans Memorial

Erected in 2000, This granite obelisk is dedicated to the memory of all Osborne County military veterans who ever served in active duty. Located on the north side of the historic courthouse square, the black African/

Osborne, KS Memorials

Geodetic Center of North America

The Geodetic Center of North America was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on October 9, 1973. It is not to be confused with the Geographic Center of the Continental United States, which is located some 50 miles to the north near Lebanon, Kansas.

Osborne, KS Geographical Markers

Osborne WPA Scout Cabin

Built of native stone as a Works Progress Administration (WPA)project in 1936, the historic Scout Cabin features original fireman poles and a massive stone fireplace. The building is available for meetings, reunions, and other community events.

Osborne, KS Historic Buildings

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