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Rush County, KS

Rush CountyRush County was named in honor of Alexander Rush, Captain of Company H of the 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry, who was killed in the battle of Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas, on April 30, 1864. He was serving under Colonel Samuel Crawford, who later became the governor of Kansas. Crawford favored the name for his courageous captain. Rush County's boundaries were set in 1867 and officially organized in 1874.

Two very important military roads which played a significant role in the settlement of the United States and which crossed Rush County were the Ft. Hays-Ft. Dodge trail and the Ft. Hays-Ft. Larned trail. These two trails formed a triangle with the Ft. Larned-Ft. Dodge sector of the Santa Fe Trail. The distance between Ft. Hays and Ft. Dodge was 90 miles. It was 50 miles between Ft. Hays and Ft. Larned. A round trip from Ft. Hays to Ft. Dodge to Ft. Larned and a return trip to Ft. Hays took three days. After Ft. Fletcher was abandoned and moved to the Ft. Hays location a shorter trail to Ft. Larned was used.

Along the Ft. Hays-Ft. Dodge trail the army from Ft. Hays established at least two major wells in the county. One is still in use. They also established camps for gathering wood in at least three locations in Rush county.

On a hill north of the creek near Alexander a private fort with a stockade wall was established by Mr. Fink shortly after Ft. Hays was built. The fort known as Fink's Fort was sold in later years to a Mrs. O'Laughlin.

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La Crosse City Park

Take a moment to sit back and relax while you are visiting La Crosse. The City Park is the perfect place to have a picnic and breathe in some fresh air.

La Crosse, KS Memorials

Post Rock Museum

The museum displays an authentic re-creation of a stone quarry used to cut posts for fencing. Also displayed are tools and other items depicting the history of post rock unique to this region. The museum is located in a native stone house built around 1883

La Crosse, KS Museums

Lone Star School

George Ficken Jr. donated land one and one-half miles west of Bison for a German Methodist Episcopal Church and school. Construction began in 1878

Bison, KS Historic Schoolhouses

St. Joseph's Kirche

At first, church services for Liebenthal residents were held in homes or in the open air (weather permitting) whenever an itinerate priest would visit the village. The first Roman Catholic church was completed in 1878. By the early 1900s, a larger church building was needed. From 1902 until 1905

Liebenthal, KS Historic Churches

Warren Stone Memorial Lake

While you are visiting La Crosse make sure to stop by the scenic Warren Stone Memorial Lake. The lake is located 2 miles east of La Crosse on K-4 highway and encompasses 2

La Crosse, KS Recreation

Rush County Historical Museum

Housed in an old Santa Fe Depot which has been moved from Timken, Kansas, a town famous for its early family ties with the Timken Roller Bearing Company.

La Crosse, KS Museums

Barnard Library

Constructed in 1937 as a WPA project, the library was originally established by Howard Barnard, pioneer educator. A display of Mr. Barnard's books and personal items exemplify his devotion to education.

La Crosse, KS Historic Buildings

Rush County Courthouse

The Rush County Courthouse was constructed in 1888 following a "tug-of-war" for the county seat. The building is now listed in the National Register of Historical Places

La Crosse, KS Historic Courthouses

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

The internationally recognized museum displays over 700 varieties of barbed wire and related fencing items. Also housed in the museum is one of the largest collections of fencing tools in the world. Dioramas depict the use of barbed wire in the 19

La Crosse, KS Museums

Bison Community Museum

Many of the contents in the Bison Community Museum were donated by area citizens and are retained by the museum as a public trust. The museum displays household items, tools, clothing and personal items used in the first half of the 20

Bison, KS Museums

La Crosse Country Club

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 9
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La Crosse, KS Golf Courses

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