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Osborne, Kansas

Osborne, Kansas

When one thinks of the central part of the United States, not only should they think of Kansas, but they should think Osborne, Kansas. Located just southeast of Osborne is the Geodetic Center of North America. Placed in 1891 and confirmed in 1910, the Geodetic Center is the initial point upon which all North American surveys, deeds, and maps are based.

Founded in 1871, Osborne has been welcoming travelers to the heart of America ever since. Osborne was incorporated in 1879 and was named for Civil War Veteran Captain Vincent B. Osborne, who lost a leg at the Battle of Joy's Ford in Arkansas in 1865.

The early settlers found the region's fertile soils and extended growing season conductive for grain production. Today's visitor can witness at harvest time the impressive production of wheat, corn and milo that contribute to the area's economic base.

For the outdoor enthusiast, the Osborne area can be a sportsman's paradise. Four lakes, all within 40 miles of Osborne, offer boating, fishing, swimming, and camping. Osborne is also in the midst of some of the best deer, pheasant, turkey, and quail hunting you will find in the Midwest.

The Osborne visitor can enjoy outdoor activities at the municipal swimming pool, tennis courts or just spend some time enjoying one of the three parks located in the community.

Osborne is located at the junction of U.S. Highways 281 and 24, just 45 minutes north of Interstate 70.


Osborne County has 34,715 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Osborne County Museum Complex

The Osborne County Museum Complex offers an opportunity to visit the past with memorabilia dating back to the pioneer days.

On Exhibit

* Horse-drawn farm machinery
* Stonemason's tools
* Medical equipment

Osborne, KS Museums

Osborne County Courthouse

A visit to the Osborne County Courthouse will show the use of the area's popular post rock material in its Romanesque Revival styling. Built in 1907-1908 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places,

Osborne, KS Historic Courthouses

Osborne City Cemetery

The Osborne City Cemetery opened in 1879 at the corner of Eleventh Street and U.S. Highway 24 West. Veterans ranging from the Mexican War though the Vietnam War are buried here. Noted buffalo hunter Jeff Durfey and Howard Ruede, author of the celebrated book "Sod-House Days,"

Osborne, KS Cemeteries

Osborne WPA Scout Cabin

Built of native stone as a Works Progress Administration (WPA)project in 1936, the historic Scout Cabin features original fireman poles and a massive stone fireplace. The building is available for meetings, reunions, and other community events.

Osborne, KS Historic Buildings

Osborne Carnegie Research Library

The Osborne Carnegie Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1912

Osborne, KS Genealogy

Things to do near Osborne, KS

Outdoor Recreation

City Park - Located on East 3rd

Threshing Machine Canyon

In 1867, a party of travelers were transporting three threshing machines belonging to Brigham Young along the Smoky Hill Trai...

Concordia Country Club

Open to the public each Tuesday; out of county may play anytime. Grass Greens. ...