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Miami County, KS

Miami CountyLocated in east central Kansas, Miami County is bordered on the east by Cass County, Missouri, and the north by one of the highest per capita income counties in the nation...Johnson County, Kansas. Miami County consists of 577 square miles and contains the municipalities of Louisburg, Osawatomie, Paola, Fontana, and part of Spring Hill. Only 45 miles from the heart of downtown Kansas City, Miami County is less than one hour from most metro area attractions and events.

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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Asylum Bridge

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 $4,800

Osawatomie, KS Historic Bridges

Paola Free Library

Established in 1872, over 30,000 materials.

Paola, KS Historic Buildings

Osawatomie History Museum

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

Miami County Swan River Museum

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

Creamery Bridge

The Creamery Bridge which spans the Marais des Cygnes River at Eighth Street is one of two Marsh Arch triple span bridges located at Osawatomie. The other spans the Pottawatomie Creek, and both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Osawatomie, KS Historic Bridges

Soldier's Monument

The Soldiers Monument was dedicated August 30, 1877, and was erected to honor the five men killed in the battle of Osawatomie, August 30, 1856.

Osawatomie, KS Monuments

Old Stone Church

One of the first churches in Kansas, this church was built by a Congregationalist group and is typical of the church structures built during pioneer days in Kansas.

Osawatomie, KS Historic Churches

The Mills House

William M. Mills, an oilman from Pennsylvania, drilled over 400 oil and gas wells in his lifetime. He drilled the Norman #1

Osawatomie, KS Historic Homes

First Land Office

This land office building was built in 1854 and was used by the first mayor of Osawatomie, H. B. Smith, and his brother who were the first land patent agents in the territory. It was deeded to the city in 1954 by A. W. Youngberg as a memorial to his wife.

Osawatomie, KS Pioneer Life

Wallace Park

Playground, softball diamonds, tennis, basketball, picnic and playground areas. Home of the Miami County Fairgrounds and the Paola Aquatic Center.

Paola, KS Parks

Ursuline Sisters Academy

Home to the Sisters of Ursuline established in 1894, starting as a boarding school for Indians. Monumental cemetery, academy and farm buildings.

Paola, KS Historic Buildings

Louisburg Cider Mill

The Louisburg Cider Mill is widely known for its natural, fresh apple cider pressed right on the spot in the 120-plus year old barn. The renovated, classic, old hay barn and its attendant 80

Louisburg, KS Venue Attractions

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