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Leavenworth County

  • Carroll Mansion - Once the home of five prominent families, the Carroll Mansion features elaborately hand carved woodwork throughout the house, beautiful stained glass windows and elegant antiques from the Victorian era into the early 20th century. The mansion also houses the Leavenworth Historical Society. Admission Fee. 1128 Fifth Avenue, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048, 913-682-7759.

  • C.W. Parker Carousel Museum - The museum features restored carousels including a 1913 Carousel, a 1950s carousel and a primitive wooden carousel built ca 1850-1860. Visitors may ride on some of the carousels. No admission fee.  320 S. Esplanade in Leavenworth, Kansas 66048, 913-682-1866.

  • First City Museum - Collection of early frontier memorabilia and artifacts manufactured or owned in Leavenworth, prison memorabilia, weaponry and more. Admission fee. 743 Delaware St., Leavenworth, Kansas 66048, 913-682-1866 or 800-844-4114.

  • Fort Leavenworth Visitors - Information for visitors to Fort Leavenworth.

  • Leavenworth National CemeteryFort Leavenworth Wayside Tour - Scattered across the main post area are pedestals, which describe the history of the post. The self-guided tour begins at the Frontier Army Museum.

  • Fort Leavenworth artifacts and exhibits displaying the culture and history of Frontier Army Soldiers. Special events offer a living history with re-enactments.100 Reynolds Avenue, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048, 913- 684-3767.

  • Leavenworth Convention & Visitors Bureau - 518 Shawnee, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048, 913-682-4113.

  • Fred Harvey Museum - The 1869 Rim Rock house is home to the museum and features information about Fred Harvey and his achievements and contributions to civilizing the great American Southwest. Currently, the house is undergoing restoration and is not open for tours, but special arrangements can be made. 624 Olive Street, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048, 913- 682-7947.

  • Leavenworth Historic Wayside Tour - 21 historic Leavenworth sites. Starts at the Leavenworth Landing Park. 100 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048.

  • Richard Allen Cultural Center - The center offers a glimpse into the history of African-Americans, both local and nationwide. It was created to ensure that the rich heritage of African- Americans and their profound effect on American society would not be lost. 412 Kiowa Street, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048, 913-682-8772.

  • Tonganoxie Historical Society and Museum - Museum displays depict the Delaware Indians, the town’s beginning, family life, leisure, schools, dairy farming, farming, businesses, government and death. The collection is always growing and new exhibits are always being displayed. Admission free. 201 W. Washington in Tonganoxie, Kansas, 913-796-6373.

  • Trolley City Tour Rides - One-hour tour of Leavenworth passes many historically important sights in the First City of Kansas. Departs from the C. W. Parker Carousel Museum, 320 S. Esplanade, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048, 913- 682-1023.

  • University of St. Mary - Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, it originated as a boarding school for young women starting in 1859, then a women's junior college in 1923, and today, a fully accredited university. 4100 S 4th St, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048, 913-682-5151.

 

 

Linn County
  • Linn County Historical Museum & Genealogy Library - Tour the Linn County Museum and walk through some of the earliest history in Kansas. You will learn about Indians who inhabited this area; early explorers; French traders and trappers; the first lead mine in Kansas; and the Sugar Creek Mission and the Trail of Death of the Potawatomie Indians. 307 East Park Street, Pleasanton, Kansas 66075, 913-352-8739.

  • Marais des Cygnes Massacre Site - The nation was shocked when proslavery men gunned down 11 Free-State men in May, 1858 in what is known as the Marais des Cygnes Massacre. Located four miles northeast of Trading Post via K 52 East. Pleasanton, Kansas, 913-352-8890.

  • Mine Creek Battlefield, Pleasanton, Kansas - One of the largest cavalry engagements of the Civil War was fought on this battlefield, the only major Civil War battle fought in Kansas. 20485 K 52, Two miles south on U.S. 69, one-half mile west on K-52, Pleasanton, Kansas 66075-9549, 913-352-8890.

  • Mound City Historic Park - The park is a collection of 11 structures, many moved from various locations in Linn County. The structures contain artifacts that tell stories of Linn County from the 1840s to 1950. 700 Main Street, Mound City, Kansas, 66056. 913-795-2892.

  • St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park - History of 1838 Potawatomie Trail of Death. Located5.5 miles west of Highway 7. It is 20 miles south of Osawatomie, or 3 miles south of Centerville, Kansas.

  • Trading Post Museum - Trading Post is the oldest existing settlement in Kansas, established in 1825. Near Trading Post is the site of the Marais de Cygne Massacre, which occurred on May 19, 1858. A memorial to those killed and wounded in the massacre is located at the Trading Post Cemetery. 15710 North 4th Street, Pleasanton, Kansas 66075, 913-352-6441.
Logan County
  • Butterfield Trail Museum - Housed in the old Logan County courthouse, the museum offers artifacts related to the history of the Butterfield Trail as well as some fossils from the Cretaceous Period which abound in this area of Kansas. Located off of K-25 in Russell Springs, Kansas.

  • Fick Fossil and History Museum - The collection of fossils is completely genuine, no reproductions. They were collected mostly from the Monuments Rocks region of Logan, Scott, Gove and Lane counties in Kansas. The collection does include dinosaurs. The museum also offers historic exhibits such as the 1886 Oakley depot replica, the Prather Creamery, General Store and a military room. 700 West 3rd Street in Oakley, Kansas.

Lyon County

  • Lyon County Museum & Historical Society - The Lyon County history museum focuses on the preservation, exhibition and interpretation of the unique heritage of Lyon County, Kansas. Located at 118 E. Sixth Avenue, Emporia, Kansas.

Marion County

  • The Mennonite Settlement Museum - Life of early Russian and Polish refugee Mennonites who settled in Hillsboro are are represented in the Peter Paul Loewen House and the Jacob Friesen Mill. The museum honors the history of two villages, Hoffhungsthal and Gnadenau. For information, stop at the Hillsboro Museums Visitor Center located at 501 Ash Street.

  • William F. Schaeffler House Museum - The historic home was built in 1909 in the Edwardian Queen Anne style. Tours are by appointment.

McPherson County

  • Old Mill Museum

Miami County

  • Miami County Historical Museum - Operated by the Miami County Historical Society, the museum features Native American and pioneer artifacts, antique household items, vintage clothing and a research library. 12 East Peoria Street, Paola, Kansas 66071-1707, 913-294-4940.

Montgomery County

  • Brown Mansion - Erected in 1906, this beautiful home contains original furnishings, real tiffany glasswork, and hand painted canvas wall coverings. Available for tours, special events and weddings. Located on the corner of South Walnut & Eldridge in Coffeyville, Kansas.

  • Dalton Defenders Museum - Devoted to the memory of the Dalton Defenders, some of whom lost their lives protecting Coffeyville from the renowned Dalton Gang. The museum features exhibits of early Coffeyville history, historical artifacts and photos related to the Dalton Raid and mementos of Wendell Wilkie and Baseballer Walter Johnson, both of Coffeyville. Located at 113 E. Eighth Street in Coffeyville, Kansas.

  • Independence Historical Museum - Focused on the history of the community of Independence, the museum features 20 rooms of historical artifacts and exhibits, an art gallery and continuing education for the community. The museum is currently working on The Landon Center which will be located inside the restored Alf Landon house. The museum is located at 123 N. 8th in Independence, Kansas.

 

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