Many of the sites and accompanying history reflect specifically on the issues of slavery and the Civil War, as well as the legacy of the early Indians. John Brown's Lookout near the Miami County Industrial Airport, still stands at the hilltop where John Brown directed the escape of slaves by his underground railroad. A state-owned Memorial Park at 10th and Main in Osawatomie features the cabin where John Brown stayed while in the area, and the John Brown Museum, housing original furnishings and mementos.
Out and about in Miami County you'll find an abundance of green space for outdoor activities. You can perfect your tennis serve on area courts, test your golf skills on community greens or get a clear view from Powell Observatory, a stargazer's delight. If chasing a bird is your game, you'll find all the ingredients necessary for a perfect hunt. Or take a break and visit our pocket parks where you'll enjoy a charming respite. Whether its picnics, fish or Frisbee--we've got a place for you.
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The territorial log cabin, which now houses the John Brown Museum, was built in 1854 as the home of Reverend Samuel L. and Florella (John Brown's half sister) Adair. The home was frequented by Brown during his several journeys to Kansas between 1855 and 1858. The Adairs shared John Brown'Osawatomie, KS Museums
Exhibits include The Railroad, Oswatomie State Hospital, pre-Civil War, Rural Culture, and the Social History of Osawatomie. Special rotating exhibits present Black History Month in February, Women's History Month in March; April, Art; May, Alumni; June, John Brown; August, Founders Day;Osawatomie, KS Museums
The Pottawatomie Creek Bridge which spans Pottawatomie Creek at Sixth Street is one of two Marsh Arch triple span bridges located at Osawatomie. The other spans the Marias de Cygnes River at Eighth Street, and both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Osawatomie, KS Historic Bridges
Miami County Historical Museum is the one and only official source of Miami County, Kansas historical information. You will find the most extensive and detailed historical information and display of historic artifacts, writings, and photographs in all of Eastern Kansas.Paola, KS Museums
The Asylum Bridge which crosses the Marais des Cygnes River at First Street, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built during a three month period--October thru December, 1905, by the Kansas City Bridge Company, Kansas City, Mo. Its bid of $4,800Osawatomie, KS Historic Bridges