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St. Mary's College (Originally St. Mary's Mission)


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St. Mary's College (Originally St. Mary's Mission) A Brief History of St. Mary's Mission St. Marys, Kansas

Following their removal from the Great Lakes area, Pottawatomie Indians were moved to Kansas. Admission was set up for them on Sugar Creek near present day Osawatomie in March of 1839. In1846 under yet another treaty, the government bought from the Kansas tribe 30 square miles along the Kansas River and gave the Pottawatomie a new tract which includes the area where St. Marys is today. A site was chosen from this tract for the Catholic Manual Labor School and Mission.

In 1857 the Indian Agency was established and the present building was constructed by the government. This building was then used as the pay station for the annuity payments to the Pottawatomie.

By 1864, the Prairie Band of the Pottawatomie had begun to scatter--to Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Canada and even a few to Mexico. The loss of buffalo hunting grounds, the beginning of the Civil War, the impact of the Oregon Trail travelers, the influence of railway dominated officials who wanted the Indian land, and the conflict between Bands all contributed to the demise of the Jesuit Mission to the United Pottawatomie Nation.

The mission school, then became St. Mary's College an internationally known Catholic school for boys. This school was in operation until 1931 when it became a Jesuit Seminary. The Seminary continued in operation until 1967, when the Jesuits transferred to their new location in St. Louis.

The old mission grounds still serve as an educational institution today and is a private non accredited educational facility operated by the Society of St. Pius X.


Address: Hwy 24
Phone: 785-437-2471

Come visit us in St. Marys, Kansas

Attractions and Upcoming Events

"Presence of Three"

This unique sculpture depicts the Pottawatomie Indians, the Mission and the Oregon Trail. It can be seen on the north side of Highway 24 in the center of town.

St. Marys, KS Arts

Indian Pay Station Museum

The Indian Pay Station, the oldest building in Pottawatomie County, was built in 1857

St. Marys, KS Museums

Historical Barn

The Historical Barn was constructed in and dedicated in 1989

St. Marys, KS Museums

St. Mary's College (Originally St. Mary's Mission)

A Brief History of St. Mary's Mission St. Marys, Kansas Following their removal from the Great Lakes area, Pottawatomie Indians were moved to Kansas. Admission was set up for them on Sugar Creek near present day Osawatomie in March of 1839. In1846

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St. Marys Golf Course

St. Marys Golf Course is a city owned 2670 yard, Par 35, 9

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