City of St. Paul, KS

Osage Mission-Neosho County Museum

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Osage Mission-Neosho County Museum The Osage Mission-Neosho County Museum proudly welcomes visitors to its recently completed museum complex located across the highway from the historic St. Francis Catholic Church. Artifacts and area history dating back to the earliest settlement of the area by the Osage Indians and during the Louisiana Territory acquisition by France and subsequently the founding of the Catholic Osage Mission are included in the Museum building.

The main exhibit area of the museum features a log cabin that was moved from north of Erie. The cabin remained on its original Log Cabin site 5 1/2 miles northwest of Erie from 1876 until it was moved to the museum. The cabin escaped decay for years as the center of a large barn that was built around it sometime in the 1880s.

Admission: Admission is Free, donations welcomed
Hours: 9:00 - 2:00 Tuesday through Saturday
Welcome for appointments
Address: 203 Washington
Phone: 316-449-2320
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Log CabinExhibited with the cabin are furniture, tools, and other artifacts of that era, many of which were donated by Jovalene Heaton and belonged to Elizabeth Anderson Heaton, sister of the displayed cabin's builder, Lewis J. Anderson. The logs appear to have been shaped by the tools of the time, a broad axe to notch the poles and a draw knife to flatten the sides.

The Lone Elm School, dating from 1867 to 1951, is now known as the Schoolhouse Museum and allows visitors to experience school days in the one-room school. Children get a thrill from ringing the school bell that stands on the front lawn.Bridge

BridgeLess than a mile south of the museum is the first bridge over the Neosho River in Neosho County, completed in 1871. Rock for the pier was quarried from the same ledge of rock used to construct St. Francis Church. The county closed the road at the request of the landowner more than 30 years ago. The steel hulk remains far from the river's south bank, standing as a memorial in the river's ever-changing channel.

Gift Shop: A stuffed bobcat lounges atop a collection of crosses outside the Neosho Trading Post. The gift shop offers everything from candy and t-shirts to historical books and a little red wagon.

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St. Francis Cemetery

St. Francis Cemetery, located half a mile east of St. Paul, is by succession the oldest cemetery in Neosho county known to have been used by white people. When the Jesuits first came to the Osage country in 1847

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Neosho Wildlife Area

Traveling through St. Paul on Highway 57, a visitor may get different hints of the proximity of the Neosho Wildlife Area. There is the Neosho River, the lowlands to the east and the west, with stilt-like houses, suggesting high waters on occasion.

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St. Francis Hieronymo Church

In 1847, the Mother Church of the Diocese of Wichita was set up in one of the government-built log structures at the Catholic Osage Mission. The missionaries dedicated the church to the patronage of St. Francis Hieronymo, a Jesuit, who had been canonized by the Church as a saint on May 10, 1839

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St. Ann's Academy Infirmary & Guest House

Originally called the Infirmary and Guest House at St. Ann's Academy, the house was built in 1871-72 and was used as an infirmary of the Osage Mission, from 1872 till 1894

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