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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

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


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

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

Things to do near Oskaloosa, KS

Clinton Lake Hunting

The area on the north side of the reservoir near Clinton State Park is a high public use area. The area is used by bird watch...

Kansas Walleye Association

You are invited to the five scheduled tournaments at some of the finest lakes in Kansas. The KWA welcomes anglers of a...

Tauy Jones Hall

Located on the Ottawa University campus. The black and gold dome atop this building stands as a proud tribute to Tauy Jones, ...