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Marion, Kansas

Marion, Kansas

You might want to settle down in Marion to retire or raise a family. If you do, we have it all... good schools, health facilities, active community life, recreation, fine churches, and a low cost of living.

We have beautiful old homes with early American charm as well as modern ones--something for everyone!

Marion was dubbed "The Stone City" in the 1880's because of its many ornate limestone structures. These buildings have been preserved and are still functional today.

Leave the crowds behind as you browse and shop downtown Marion. The quaint shops, friendly merchants and the small town welcome are certain to make you feel "at home".

If you're looking to "get away from it all", come to Marion and its lake areas. You'll find a friendly, uncrowded, inexpensive place to relax. The natural beauty of the area's hills, lakes, streams, trees, and parks is inviting while offering some of the finest fishing and hunting to be found.

Government surveyors directed the first Settlers to the junction of Muddy Creek, Clear Creek, and the Cottonwood River; one saying it was " The Best Place I've Seen." The town was named Marion for the Revolutionary War General, Francis Marion, who also was known as The Swamp Fox. The first Settlers arrived in 1860 and made their first camp at the location of the present Central Park.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Civil War Memorial

The Civil War Memorial was erected in 1929 by Theodore P. Burkert, a Civil War veteran. It is dedicated to Civil War veterans and the Women's Relief Corps.

Marion, KS Memorials

Hill School Building

The Hill School building is the oldest building in the state of Kansas in continuous educational use. Built in 1873 of native stone, it is listed on the National Historic Register.

Marion, KS Historic Schoolhouses

Historic Homes Tour

The Marion Historic Committee has prepared a tour of designated historic homes within the city. These homes range in design of the oldest cut stone of the Wm. Kellison Home dating 1879 to the elegant Victorian examples of the early 1900's.

Marion, KS Historic Homes

Presbyterian Church

The distinction of being the oldest church organization in Marion County belongs to the Presbyterian Church of Marion, which is also listed on the State Register of Historic Buildings. The native stone used to build this structure was cut in 1872

Marion, KS Historic Churches


Things to do near Marion, KS

Council Grove Birdwatching

Scenic Council Grove Reservoir attracts flocks of migrating ducks, geese, cormorants, and gulls. In winter bald eagles are fr...

Herington City Lake(s) Fishing

The Lake and Reservoir offer bass, wiper,walleye, catfish etc..... Wipers Good up to 10 lbs Wipers should provide good ...