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Garnett, Kansas

Garnett, Kansas

Garnett, located in the fertile, rolling hills of East Central Kansas, is a community of varied interests and attractions. Few areas offers such a diverse selection of recreational opportunities within a 3.5 mile radius. Along with the tourguide of attractions, museums, and historic sites, you are sure to enjoy the family fun-filled activities at each of our three city lakes.

100 years ago ...

Information obtained from Anderson County history books reveal that Harry and Beatrice Houdini traveled to Garnett in 1897. Houdini held a seance at the Opera House hoping to communicate with his deceased mother who would tell them who had murdered an Anderson County resident. The Opera house was overflowing and the crowd enjoyed the suspenseful show. However, the murderer was never disclosed. During his stay, Harry Houdini was put in a lock box which was placed inside the city jail. Needless to say, the famous Houdini easily escaped.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Lake Garnett

Constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's, Lake Garnett has a surface area of over 55 acres. The lake provides camping facilities, electric and water hookups, and a sanitary dump station. Camping, permits are required and game fish are stocked in Garnett'

Garnett, KS Recreation

Prairie Spirit Trail

Prairie Spirit TrailThe Prairie Spirit Trail offers biking and hiking enthusiasts, runners, bird watchers and nature lovers a new Kansas outdoor adventure. From Ottawa to Iola, the Prairie Spirit Trail encompasses 50 miles of trail.

Garnett, KS Trails

Anderson County Historical Society Museum

The Anderson County Historical Society acquired the Longfellow School building in 1993 which was originally built in 1885. When a fire destroyed the school in 1924

Garnett, KS Museums

Santa Fe Depot

tThe Santa Fe Depot was renovated in 1996 and serves as a tourist information center and resting place for The Spirit Trail users. The are picnic facilities, restrooms, concession area (vending machines), and trail lounge.

Garnett, KS Railroad History


Things to do near Garnett, KS

C & R Ice LLC

The third largest producer of packaged ice with tours available by appointment....

Appeal to Reason Site

A large brick building was on this site and was used by the Appeal To Reason newspaper in 1896. Its publisher was J.A....

Burr Oak Tree

On the east bank of the Verdigris River at Neodesha you can see a large Burr Oak tree that is about 300 years old. No doubt b...

Emanuel Haldeman-Julius Home

Emanuel Haldeman lived at this farm home with his family beginning in 1918. The home is listed on the Kansas State Registe...