The Old Depot Museum reflects the strong influences that shaped this area and made an impact on the state and our country. The museum displays walk you through our local history from the many Indian tribes that once lived here to the development of communities, the battle over slavery that lead to "Bleeding Kansas". You'll also learn about the development of the railroads, the National Chautauqua Assembly's and even unique stories about such local historic sites as Silkville, a utopian community created to raise silkworms which became the "Silk-producing Capital of the World".
Art lovers will enjoy a wide spectrum of artwork from the rotating displays at the Ottawa Community Arts Center, Suzuki Strings, and the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium which brings performing arts to the stage. You can also take in the works of world renowned artist Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton at the Wellsville Library.
This area is blessed with natural beauty with thousands of acres of crop land, wooded areas, native prairie, lakes and the Chippewa Hills, We also have some of the finest parks and recreation areas. The spirit of the prairie calls out to you to enjoy the states first major hiking and bicycling trail. The "Prairie Spirit" which begins in Ottawa and runs through the countryside filled with turkey, fox, white-tailed deer and other fascinating animals. It stretches south through Princeton, Richmond to Garnett and Welda, KS.
Franklin County offers a myriad of special events, from fairs and rodeos, to seasonal festivals, art and craft shows, car shows, homes tours and spectacular holiday celebrations, You are sure to find something that interests every member of the family and then you'll see for yourself that Franklin County, Kansas really is, Something To Write Home About!
Our county is located just 35 miles southwest of Kansas City and is easily accessible from interstate 35, U.S. Highways 50 & 59 along with KS state highway 68.
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Located south of the old Ottawa Carnegie Library in Ottawa's City Park, the Dietrich Cabin stands today as a memorial to a courageous couple, who suffered severe hardships on the Kansas frontier and as a tribute to the hundreds of other early pioneers that settled in Franklin County.Ottawa, KS Memorials
The Ottawa City Park is a beautiful compliment of nature's architecture among the historic works of George P. Washburn in the downtown district. Located at 5th and Main, the park offers a spacious area for strolling, relaxing, or picnics with playground equipment for the children.
Ottawa, KS Parks
Ask people in Wellsville, Kansas, what they think of country music and even thought their opinions may vary, they'll always smile with pride when they talk about Chely Wright. The country music star, who has topped the charts and won the hearts of millions of fans, grew up in this town of 1,600Wellsville, KS Famous People