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Oskaloosa, Kansas

Oskaloosa, Kansas

Oskaloosa is located in the hub of northeast Kansas. It is located within minutes of Kansas city, Lawrence and Topeka, and is the commercial center of Jefferson County. Established in 1856, Oskaloosa became the county seat in 1858 and was named after Oskaloosa, Iowa, hometown of Jesse Newell, founder of the new Oskaloosa.

Oskaloosa is located on two major intersecting highways and is near airports, the State Capitol, Fort Leavenworth, and five colleges and many culture centers.

Oskaloosa is home to Old Jefferson Town, a real life display of vintage structures from throughout Jefferson County. The collection includes, a church, school, blacksmith shop, general store, Victorian Home, art gallery, and genealogical center.

The city is within minutes from two bed and breakfasts and a golf course. Lake Perry is a great attraction for this area. With its fishing, boating, swimming, and hunting it is a mecca for sporting recreation.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Tibbot Schoolhouse

Originally a country schoolhouse located southeast of Oskaloosa, the Tibbot school was moved to Oskaloosa in the 1950's and became part of the grade school, along with the Lone Tree, Kilgour and Plum Grove country schools. The building was moved to Old Jefferson Town in 1975.

Oskaloosa, KS Pioneer Life

Wellman Schoolhouse

The school was built in 1887 on the homestead of Harrison W. Wellman, in the southeast part of Jefferson County. It is typical of the many one-room country schools that were located every few miles within the county and throughout the country. School Ditrict #70 was formed in 1871

Oskaloosa, KS Pioneer Life

Sam Peppard's Wind Wagon

Samuel Peppard, a blacksmith and wagon maker during the mid 1800's, has provided the area with one of the most famous and interesting stories. While looking for adventure in the drought year of 1860

Oskaloosa, KS Pioneer Life

Winchester Jail

Built in 1909, this jail came from the town of Winchester, Kansas. Since it was not fireproof, it was never locked. It was a place for drunks and tramps to sleep. The jail was a meeting place for the city council, police court and voting.

Oskaloosa, KS Pioneer Life

Bowstring Bridge

Built in Cleveland, Ohio, the bowstring bridge was originally located across Rock Creek, north of Meridan, in 1875.

The 48-ft long, 14-ft wide bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1990

Oskaloosa, KS National Register

Things to do near Oskaloosa, KS