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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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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

Adair Cabin State Historic Site and Museum

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

Paola Free Library

Established in 1872, over 30,000 materials.

Paola, KS Historic Buildings

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

Pottawatomie Creek Bridge

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

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


John Brown Memorial Park

The twenty acre John Brown Memorial Park is a National Historic Site donated to the State of Kansas by the Womens Relief Corps to preserve the site of the Battle of Osawatomie, August 30, 1856

Osawatomie, KS Memorials

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

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

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

Miami County Courthouse

Miami County still has its beautiful 19th century Courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The courthouse was built in 1898

Paola, KS Historic Courthouses

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