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Neosho County, KS

Neosho CountyThe land of which Neosho County is now a part was an Indian hunting ground for the Osages and other members of the Sioux Tribe when first visited by the white man. In 1838, a treaty was made whereby the New York Indians traded their lands in Wisconsin for 1,824,000 in Kansas, lying just north of the Cherokee Neutral Strip and the Osage lands, being 320 acres for each member of the Senecas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Tuscaroras, Oneidas, St. Regis, Stolkbridges, Munsees and Brothertowns.

Neosho County was established under the name of Dorn County by the so-called Bogus legislature held at Shawnee in 1855, as the Territorial Capital before Kansas became a state. Dorn was split into Neosho and Labette Counties in 1861. The name Neosho had been used by the Kansas Indians many years before white settlement. George Sibley of the Santa Fe Trail survey team mentioned the Nee Ozho River in his journal entry of August 5, 1825. Ne means "water" and osho means "stream in" or "stream with water in it."

The Osages described the color of Neosho as "Water-Like-the-Skin-of-a-Summer-Cow- Wapiti." Pioneers sometimes referred to the river as Noshow because it occasionally went dry in the summer.

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Historic Homes Tour

Discover Chanute's rich historical heritage. Explore tree-lined streets made of hand-laid brick and note the architectural and cultural significance of many of Chanute's historic downtown buildings and elegant homes. A printed brochure of 24 sites dating mostly from 1890 to 1907

Chanute, KS Tours

Mem-Erie Historical Museum

Susan Beth Janssen's 1800's Dress. Mem-Erie Museum has various collections that we wish to preserve for our children and grandchildren. We feel it is of great value to Erie and the surrounding area. We want to encourage the general public to feel that these are their ancestors and their history.

Erie, KS Museums

Davis Victorian Bed & Breakfast

You won't want to miss the charm and elegance of this beautiful old Victorian home built in the 1870

Thayer, KS Historic Buildings

Nu-Wa Industries Factory Tours

Nu-Wa Industries is the leading manufacturer of 5th wheel RV'

Chanute, KS Tours

Neosho Wildlife Area

Traveling through St. Paul on Highway 57, a visitor may get different hints of the proximity of the Neosho Wildlife Area. There is the Neosho River, the lowlands to the east and the west, with stilt-like houses, suggesting high waters on occasion.

St. Paul, KS Wildlife Areas

Thayer Museum

Citizens of the area, hoping to retain our history, have established the Thayer Museum in the old Thayer Bank building, listed on the Kansas Register of Historic Places. Thayer State Bank opened in 1900 and closed in 1932

Thayer, KS Museums

Erie Veteran's Memorial

Dedicated in July, 2008, the Erie Veteran'

Erie, KS Memorials

Tioga Hotel

The Tioga was built in 1929 by J.W. Pratt and was leased by the Boss Hotel Chain for most of its life. Designed in the Art Deco style, it features gargoyles on each corner. It was one of the state's first fireproof hotels and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991

Chanute, KS Historic Hotels


Memorial Auditorium

If your interests are music or theatre, Chanute's Memorial Auditorium recently underwent a series of major improvements, making it one of the finest facilities of its kind in Kansas. The 1,200

Chanute, KS Arts

Safari Golf Course

The Safari Golf Course is a 9

Chanute, KS Golf Courses

St. Francis Cemetery

St. Francis Cemetery, located half a mile east of St. Paul, is by succession the oldest cemetery in Neosho county known to have been used by white people. When the Jesuits first came to the Osage country in 1847

St. Paul, KS Cemeteries

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