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Osborne County, KS

Osborne CountyOn the Meade Ranch in southeast Osborne County is a bronze plate with cross-marks upon it which is the most important spot on this continent to surveyors and map makers. The point of intersection of those two lines is called the Geodetic Center of the United States. On the tiny point where those two lines cross depend the surveys of a sixth of the world's surface.

Of literary significance, Osborne County is the prairie location of the John and Rosa Ise homestead whose lives were chronicled in the annotated book, Sod and Stubble, highly recommended reading for a day by day account of pioneer life on the prairie.

Russell Stover's birthplace was in Alton, and Porky Pig had roots in Portis. For the most enjoyable learning experience, come to the Storytelling Capital of Kansas held in Downs the last weekend in April.

You're welcome anytime to Osborn

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Sod and Stubble Country Self-Guided Auto Tour

Three miles northwest of the city of Downs is located the site of the 1871 homestead of immigrant Henry Ise. In 1873, Henry married seventeen-year old Rosa Haag of Holton, Kansas and brought her west to live. Twelve children (five girls and seven boys) were born on this homestead in the 27

Downs, KS Pioneer Life

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 Shady Bend Golf Course

Want a Challenge? Try Shady Bend Golf Course in Osborne, Kansas. You'll like the irrigated, tree lined, blue grass fairways and the undulating, sloped bent grass greens. Our 9 hole golf course, par 36, is a challenge to any golfer with our slope rating of 130.

Our economical $10

Osborne, KS Golf Courses

The Downs Cemetery

The Downs Cemetery is located along Highway 24

Downs, KS Cemeteries

Recreation

The Osborne visitor can enjoy outdoor activities at the municipal swimming pool, Sanders Baseball Complex, Osborne Gun Club Shooting Range, tennis courts, three miles of bike trails, or just spend some time enjoying one of three parks located in the community.

Osborne, KS Recreation

Downs Golf Course

The Downs Golf Course is open to the public and located only four miles north of the city. It is a challenging, well kept, nine-hole sand green course.

Downs, KS Golf Courses

Osborne County Veterans Memorial

Erected in 2000, This granite obelisk is dedicated to the memory of all Osborne County military veterans who ever served in active duty. Located on the north side of the historic courthouse square, the black African/

Osborne, KS Memorials

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

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

The Organ Factory

The historic Baptist Church of 1890 is now home to Richardson's Organ Factory. Tour the factory and learn about organ design from a European-trained organ master.

Downs, KS Historic Churches

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