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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

Outdoor Murals

This mural is painted on the side of the building bordering Cecil Bricker Park at 8th and Main in downtown Russell.

Russell, KS Arts

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

Oil Patch Museum

Oil Patch Russell is a place to see, feel and learn about oil, the "Black Gold" that fuels man's imagination, as well as his machines. The story of the people and events that make up the history of oil in this area will come alive at Oil Patch Russell.

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

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

Things to do near Russell, KS

Butterfield Overland Despatch Trail

Stone markers can be seen where this trail crosses the north-south country roads. The Butterfield Overland Despatch followed ...

Drug Store Museum

The Drug Store Museum focuses on pharmacy primarily between the years 1880 and 1920. The museum's exhibits include a colle...

Elk Dreamer Art Gallery

The newest attraction to Wakeeney features southwest art prints and sculptures. ...