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Washington County, KS

Washington CountySettlers began to come into this area after the Kansas Territory was opened in 1854. Many of the "great trails" crossed Washington County (before it was so named)-The Oregon Trail, The Overland Trail, The Pony Express, The Parallel Road to the Colorado Gold Mines, the Fort Kearney-Fort Riley Military Road, and the Mormon Trail. During the 1849 California Gold Rush, most of the thousands of gold seekers traveled across Washington County on their way to California. Not until 1857 did the first settlers come in numbers to carve out farms in the rich creek and river valleys.

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1882 Log Cabin

The cabin originally was built in 1882 by the John Pecha family near Odell, Nebraska, and was moved to Washington in 1970 by the Fidelia Study Club.

Washington, KS Pioneer Life

Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site

Pony Express riders and hundreds of pioneers made a stop at historic Hollenberg Station. In 1857 Gerat H. and Sophia Hollenberg established the station on the Oregon-California Trail, and from 1860 to 1861

Hanover, KS Pony Express

LCL Buffalo Ranch and Museum

Over 200 head of buffalo roam the pastures throughout three counties on the ranch owned by Lester C. Lawrence. A portion of the herd may be seen along K-9, north Clifton, where the ranch headquarters is located.

Washington, KS Museums

Washington County State Lake

Washington State Lake is Located 7 miles North and 3 miles West of Washington. The 111-acre lake is surrounded by 352

Washington, KS Recreation


Allis Chalmers Antique Tractor Museum

The museum holding the world's largest, private collection of antique Allis-Chalmer tractors was dedicated on May 29, 1998

Washington, KS Museums

Cedar Hills Golf Course

Course Access: Public
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Washington, KS Golf Courses

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