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Russell, Kansas

Russell, Kansas

In April 1871, a colony of some 60 families from Ripon, Wisconsin, took up residence at Fossil Station, a water stop on the Union Pacific Railroad. These early settlers came to the area seeking a better way of life. A place where they could work, play and raise their families.

Russell and Russell County was named for Avra P. Russell. He became recognized for raising a company for the Second Kansas Infantry, was elected First Lieutenant, commissioned by Governor Robinson and rose to Captain under President Lincoln.

Unlike many of the surrounding communities, Russell was not settled by immigrants from one country, but rather by settlers of mixed European descent coming from the eastern United States. Many of them were immigrants moving west in search of a better life and brought with them their cultural heritage from such places as Bohemia, Volga Russia, Germany, England, Ireland, and Wales. Russell is truly an American "melting pot" of cultural backgrounds which is recognized and celebrated not only in our decennial celebrations, but through our daily lives creating a comfortable, mid-western community, ready to welcome visitors.

Russell is the boyhood home of Senator and Presidential Candidate, Bob Dole.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Fossil Station Museum

An imposing looking structure, the museum building was formerly the county jail, built in 1907 from greenhorn limestone or "post rock." It has adapted nicely to the modern theories of museum functions.

Russell, KS Museums

Heym-Oliver House

A renovated "post rock" limestone family home, showing a different style of sawn limestone. Located on "historic" Kansas Street.

Russell, KS Historic Homes

Canyon Drive

Russell County offers the traveler some of the most breathtaking views and vistas to be found in Kansas. The following is a self-guided tour travelers can take to get "off the beaten path" and see some of the beauty local residents take for granted. Travelers getting off of I-70 at Exit 206

Russell, KS Scenic Drives

Gernon House

This structure is the oldest "post rock" stone house built in Russell in 1872 by Nicholas Gernon, a blacksmith and one of the original settlers. This lovely home has been fully restored to the period of the 1890s.

Russell, KS Museums

Deines Cultural Center

The Deines Center is the permanent home of the wood engravings of nationally known artist, E. Hubert Deines. The Deines work is displayed on a rotating basis in the west end of the main gallery. In addition, the Deines Cultural Center features other artists'

Russell, KS Arts

Things to do near Russell, KS