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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.

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Old Jefferson Town, Museum, and Research Library

Old Jefferson Town is a collection of nine restored and furnished vintage buildings from different locations around Jefferson County. They are preserved as a historic town of early day settlements. The town was named because of Jefferson County being referred to as Ol' Jefferson.

Oskaloosa, KS Museums

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

Nincehelser House

William J. Nincehelser moved to Jefferson County from Ohio about 1880, married Minnie Wendorff, and moved into this house in Oskaloosa. Mr. Nincehelser had a livery stable on the square and operated a

Oskaloosa, KS Museums

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

Things to do near Oskaloosa, KS

Melvern Wildlife Area

There are over 13,500 acres available for hunting at Melvern Lake. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks manages 10,727...