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OFFICIAL VISITOR’S GUIDE OF RUSSELL COUNTY, KANSAS | 2018-2019

RUSSELLCOKS.ORG | 877-830-3737


WELCOME TO RUSSELL COUNTY | ALIVE WITH HISTORY, CULTURE & COMMERCE

INSIDE

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE HERE

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WELCOME HOME

SEE & DO

HISTORY

You can’t go wrong with a county that is home to The Garden Of Eden and Paradise!

Explore sculpture parks, unique grassroots art and local small businesses and restaurants.

Discover the rich history of Russell County at several historical museums and cultural sites.

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RECREATION

Fish the state’s clearest lake, bike award winning trails and enjoy world-class hunting amongst breathtaking landscapes.

23 ANNUAL EVENTS | 27 RESOURCE GUIDE CREATED BY KBR | KBRGALLERY.COM

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Live Life your best

IN RUSSELL COUNTY, KANSAS

BEST IN RECREATION

ONE OF THE BEST HUNTING & FISHING TOWNS IN THE COUNTRY Outdoor Life Magazine ranked Russell, Kansas #18 of their 35 Best Hunting & Fishing Towns throughout the United States. The Pheasants Forever Organization also ranked the town #16 of their 25 Best Pheasant Hunting Towns across the country. Russell County offers hunting seasons on pheasant, quail, turkey, deer and waterfowl. If you are looking for guided hunts contact Last Chance Wings or Wolf Creek Outfitters. (see resources) If you are looking for adventure, play two beautiful golf courses or explore the Post Rock Scenic Byway via bike trails or driving. Don’t forget the ”Clearest Lake In Kansas” (Wilson Lake) where you can explore all of the recreational activities like boating, skiing, wind surfing, fishing, hunting, biking, hiking and much more!

BEST LAKE Wilson Lake was ranked #86 of the Top 100 Lakes Nationwide as ranked by Bass Masters Magazine

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WELCOME TO RUSSELL COUNTY | ALIVE WITH HISTORY, CULTURE & COMMERCE BEST CLIMATE

Mild, yet distinct seasons offer an abundance of changing beauty and comfortable temperatures

BEST BIKING

HIGH | LOW

JANUARY 42 | 18

Switchgrass Mountain Bike Trail Earns Epic Award

APRIL 66 | 41

given by the International Mountain Bicycling Association

JULY 92 | 67 OCTOBER 68 | 43

RUSSELL CO. ED & CVB

MADE IN RS CO. CJ’S SOY LIP BALMS & CANDLES

331 E. Wichita Ave. Russell, KS

FACEBOOK.COM/CJSSOY

877.830.3737

MARTIN & SONS BBQ CHIPS

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785-658-5560

JACK’S GOURMET SEASONING BEST CENTRAL LOCATION

Strategically located in Central Kansas. Russell County is where two major Highways (Highway 281 & Highway 40) meet and half of the communities are located along Interstate 70. With modern conveniences, the remaining communities can be found winding throughout the county along K-18. The communities within the county offer small town charm, but are also in close proximity to a city when needed.

JACKSGOURMETSEASONING.COM

MAMA B’S BISCUITS 785-483-7894

PRO-BOUND SPORTS PROBOUNDSPORTS.COM |800-525-8580

LAND PRIDE MANUFACTURING 800-525-6128

GOOD KARMA MIRCO DAIRY, LLC 800-483-1234

A. MULLER, ARTIST Paintings infused with the prairie earth info@amullerfinearts.com

DUSTIN POCHE, ARTIST Nationally known midwestern multimedia artist; DustinPoche.com

BEST IN ART & CULTURE

Grassroots Capital Of Kansas Explore the Deines Cultural Center and the Grassroots Art Center with a variety of fun art! Visit Lucas where they are known as the “Grassroots Capital of Kansas”. Explore porcelain creations at the Bowl Plaza or Erika Nelson’s collection of the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Version of the World’s Largest Things!

>> TOP INDUSTRIES IN RUSSELL COUNTY INCLUDE AG | GOVERNMENT | EDUCATION | HEALTH | SERVICE | OIL

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WELCOME HOME

Boyhood Home Of

Bob Dole “Russell is a center for oil exploration and development, farming and ranching, related industries and recreational opportunities. The community is known for strong leadership, a serious commitment to robust growth of businesses and an outstanding lifestyle for families. With immediate access to I-70 and an excellent regional work force, Russell is ideal for business and industrial projects. Russell is a hospitality center for Wilson Lake which has 100 miles of shoreline and 9,000 surface acres managed by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. It attracts serious sporting enthusiasts and families on vacation or weekend outings as a destination to enjoy record-setting fishing, boating, hunting, camping, and picnicking. The widely regarded school system, youth programs and cultural opportunities meet the high expectations of families, many of whom have chosen to locate here. Personally, with prized memories of growing up in Russell, I appreciate all that my parents, teachers, mentors and friends provided. I always look forward to returning to my hometown and the Dole family home just a block off North Main Street.� Bob Dole United State Senate 1969-1996

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ALONG K-18

LUCAS

Take A Drive Through Russell County You can’t go wrong with a county that is home to the Garden of Eden and Paradise! Whether you are here for a short visit or planning to stay a lifetime, come see what we have in store for you!

ALONG I-70

GORHAM

The town comes together every year to hold a community street dance that helps benefit the enhancement of Gorham’s community park, which is a priority to Gorham families . Gorham is also home to Gorham Telephone, a family owned business, and Yost Electric, bringing electrical services to the region. If you want to see first-hand the Midwest work ethic of rural business and community heart, give Gorham Kansas a look!

BUNKER HILL

Known for the very famous Bunker Hill café, located in a 1917 limestone building that was originally a drugstore and soda fountain. Bunker Hill also houses Smoky Hill Public Television. You can visit the Bunker Hill Museum, where you can find momentums from Mary A. ‘Mother” Bickerdyke, a well known Civil War Nurse.

RUSSELL

Hometown of 2 US Senators, Bob Dole and Arlen Specter. The economy of Russell is based primarily on agriculture, manufacturing facilities, oil, health, education, & public servants. Russell is located right off I-70. Russell is the County seat and holds unique Russell County History from the Dream Theater, where they have been “Keeping The Dream Alive” for over 60 years, to the Deines Cultural Art Center. Russell is the largest town within Russell County and has plenty to offer! It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.

DORRANCE

The town is located near Wilson Lake, making it a great location for recreational activities. It is also home to Pro Bound Sports and Granny Mae’s Pumpkin Patch, and Dorrance Historical Museum.

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Welcome to the Grassroots Art Capital of KS! This quaint town is home to three of the 8 Wonders of Kansas sites (Garden of Eden, Brant’s Meat Market, and Grassroots Art Center). Lucas is a clean, beautified farming community located at the junction of K-18 and K-232 highways just six miles north of stunning Wilson Lake. Lucas is a strong community that you can always “Expect the Unexpected”!

LURAY

The first log cabin home in Russell County can be found here. The Cabin sits along the creek, just on the outskirts of town, where visitors can view the inside and outside of this unique log home. The town comes together every March for their Annual Fish Fry and also every September for Friendship Day, a celebration of Luray’s community spirit. Downtown Luray is full of beautiful Historic Native Stone Buildings and offer a beautiful 18-Hole sand green golf course. Play Luray!!

PARADISE

Welcome to Paradise! This peaceful, yet beautiful town is home to Kansas’ only Limestone Water Tower, and has provided a Turkey Bazaar to hunters for over 60 years. Hunters look forward to the annual Turkey Bazaar in Paradise every hunting season!

WALDO

Waldo sits along K-18 Highway. Local folks look forward to the after harvest firework show, which helps benefit the enhancement of their community. It brings the whole community together after the weeks of harvest. There are many local gatherings at the community center, including pancake feeds and ice cream socials.


RETURNING MORE THAN $2 MILLION TO CHARITY We Believe In Hometowns! The Russell County Area Community Foundation is passionate about preserving our rural way of life, so generations of today and tomorrow will have a Russell County to enjoy and call home. We are a 501 (c)3 public charity that exists solely to make our area a great place to live. We do that by working with donors to preserve the things that matter most in our communities, such as education, the arts, historic preservation, public health, recreation and more. Thanks to this generosity, the Foundation has returned more than $2 Million to Charity, making us the fastest growing form of philanthropy in our area. Hundreds of students attend college with help from our scholarships.

It is all about one generation helping the next. To learn more about charitable giving and the many ways the Foundation serves others, please contact Angie Muller, Executive Director.

ANGIE MULLER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 785.445.3611 RCACF.NET


WELCOME HOME |

OPPORTUNITY Come Home to LIVES HERE! Russell County Russell County Economic Development QUALITY OF LIFE

and CVB offer several business and community development incentives. Contact our office to learn more and how to qualify! •

Low interest loans for new or existing businesses

Business Planning, Succession Planning, Re-Financing Options, Financial Planning, Marketing and Expansion Assistance

www.foradvantage.com 785-483-5853

ABOUT YOU REALTY 527 S Fossill St., Russell 785-445-4146

Storefront/Signage Grant

Forgivable Loans available based off of new job creation and capital investment. Application process requires a business plan, financials, cost benefit analysis and governing body approval.

Looking for a community with a high quality of life, modern conveniences, quality schools, health care, a variety of recreational opportunities, friendly people and opportunity? You’ve found it all in Russell County!

Other resources available such as neighborhood Revitalization, Sidewalk Replacement, etc. depending on location.

USD 407

All inquries welcome. Contact our office so we can work with you to assist in learning about local and state incentive opportunities.

Russell County Economic Development and CVB 331 E. Wichita Russell, KS 67665 Phone: 785-483-4000 Email: rced@russellks.org Website: RussellCoKs.org

Excellence in Education

Our students’ test scores on local, state, and nationally norm-referenced tests are consistently high; and our students consistently make the “Standard of Excellence” on state assessments. Graduations and attendance rates are very high, and violent acts against others are extremely low. Our mission of teaching all students to their fullest potential, providing an appropriate learning environment, and preparing students to become functional and effective citizens in an ever-changing world remains our unwavering commitment to our patrons. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment, exemplary teachers, the most current instructional materials and exceptional support for our students and their families as parents participate with us in their children’s education. We know that parents and families working with our schools is essential for success. ~ Angela Lawrence, USD 407 Superintendent

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SEE & DO

LUCAS

Florence Deeble’s

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Rock Garden

Florence Deeble was inspired to build her own concrete postcards by watching S.P. Dinsmoor as he constructed the Garden of Eden. She began building the garden using rocks brought back from her travels when she was 50 years old and continued nearly 50 years. The first floor of Florence’s home has been turned into the Garden of Isis. The Garden of Isis is 5 rooms of art made from doll bodies, toys, kitchen utensils and other recycled materials. Many of the items are available for purchase. 126 Fairview, Lucas, 785-525-6118

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SEE & DO | ARTS & CULTURE The permanent art collection of the Deines Cultural Center includes all of the wood engravings done by E. Hubert Deines (18941967) as well as various works he collected during his lifetime. His own work is shown on a rotating basis at the Center.

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DEINES Cultural Center

Located in Russell, Kansas, the Deines Cultural Center is a non-profit educational resource that enriches local cultural life by providing artistic exhibits and activities, musical events and concerts, educational and historic programs. Free admission and accessibility to those with disabilities, makes it easy to welcome the entire community. The permanent art collection of the Deines Cultural Center includes all of the wood engravings done by E. Hubert Deines as well as various works he collected during his lifetime. His artwork is shown on a rotating basis at the Center. E. Hubert Deines (1894-1967) was born in a rural section of central Kansas, near Russell. Even at preschool age, before any kind of public instruction was available to him, he was enthusiastically making drawings of things imaginary or observed in a rustic scene. Later, after the usual educational courses, he attended the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design at Kansas City, Missouri. 820 N Main Street, 785-483-3742; deinesculturalcenter.org

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Sculpture ART

RUSSELL

Discover unique artwork that tells a story about Russell’s history. Every step you take in Lincoln Park gives a story about Russell through unique pieces of artwork. Lincoln Street, Russell

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Familiar Face

Limestone carving bust of Bob Dole! 401 N Main Street, Russell

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THE WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF THE WORLDS SMALLEST VERSION OF THE WORLDS LARGEST THINGS Although best seen on the road, it can also be viewed at its home location in Lucas! worldslargestthings.com | 214 S. Main Street, Lucas

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BEST SEAT

Bowl Plaza was voted the 2nd Best Public Restroom in the United States!

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BOWL PLAZA

Bowl Plaza is an amazing work of mosaic art that looks like a toilet covered with “bling” inside and out. The women’s room is decorated in all things “girlie” and the men’s room is decorated in “manly” things. One of the world’s most artsy public restrooms! Main Street, Lucas

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LUCAS

the Grassroots Art Capital of KANSAS Lucas, a farming community, is known as the “Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas”. The World’s Largest Souvenir Travel Plate welcomes you to town, and traditional Post Rock limestone architecture beautifies the neighborhoods and downtown businesses. The entire city of Lucas and the Garden of Eden are one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art! Lucas is home to a thriving downtown, a community-based, first-run movie theater, and some wonderful art experiences. Brant’s Meat Market in downtown Lucas is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Commerce, and The Post Rock Scenic Byway was a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Geography! Come see why this small town of 407 people is the most interesting small town in the state!

GRASSROOTS ART CENTER

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GARDEN OF EDEN

World famous outsider art environment Garden of Eden has been an attraction since 1907, built by Civil War Veteran S.P. Dinsmoor. Samuel Perry Dinsmoor started building the Garden of Eden and Cabin Home in 1905, at the age of 64. His sculptures are as interesting as his biography, with each and every element having a story to tell. Some of his 150 concrete sculptures tower three stories high and shows the pioneering spirit of this town that embraces art by everyday people. The Garden of Eden is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and also consists of a stone log cabin home and a mausoleum where Mr. Dinsmoor and his first wife are buried. 305 East 2nd Street, 785-525-6395; garden-of-eden-lucas-kansas.com

FROM LEFT: artwork by John Scott; the World’s Largest Souvenir Travel Plate depicts the Outsider Art environments alongside a visual history of the town; The Garden of Eden is a must-see attraction.

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The Grassroots Art Center opened in 1995 after three abandoned 1897 downtown native limestone buildings were renovated to exhibit fascinating grassroots, self-taught, visionary art environments. Permanent exhibits include Kansas artist’s Inez Marshall’s brightly painted limestone sculptures and Ed Root’s concrete, colored glass and rock embedded sculptures. You’ll see Herman Divers’ life-sized motorcycle and car made so sturdily from pull-tabs that you could sit on it! In addition the art center represents over 22 Kansas and Midwest selftaught artists in an endless flow of tickle-yourfancy recycled mediums such as barbed wire, bones, and chewing gum to share with the public. Outside, the Post Rock Courtyard displays elements of distinctive North Central Kansas post-rock architecture and its artistry. 213 South Main, 785-525-6118; grassrootsart.net

MILLERS PARK

Roy and Clara Miller created their park as a rest stop and recreation area, both for the citizens of Lucas and the travelling public. The sculptures have been restored and replicate miniature National monuments and mountains along with miniature local historic sites of Lucas. 305 East 2nd Street


HISTORY

BUNKER HILL

HISTORICAL MUSEUM

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An old limestone church holds many historical artifacts from the Bunker Hill area; including items from Mary Ann “Mother” Bickerdyke, a civil war nurse. Bunker Hill, 785-483-6185

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HISTORY |

For genealogy information in Russell County contact 785-483-3637

2 Log Cabin Home LURAY

Explore the first log cabin home in Russell County built from timber along the nearby creek. Along Highway K-18, Luray

3 Dream Theater RUSSELL

Enjoy a 3-D movie at this unique theater where locals have been volunteering to “Keep The Dream Alive” for over 60 years! 629 N Main Street, Russell 785-445-1949; dreamtheater.org

4 HISTORICAL MUSEUM DORRANCE

Exhibiting artifacts from the community’s history. Dorrance, 785-666-4207

5 Russell County Veterans RUSSELL

& P.O.W. Memorial

The bricks surrounding the memorial, “Field of Honor Bricks”, list the name, service, date of service and conflict of individual veterans from Russell County. East U.S. Highway 40, Russell

6 Paradise Water Tower PARADISE

This landmark was born of the Great Depression. Early settlers discovered a shortage of timber so they began quarrying rock 3 miles South of town. In 2007, it was named to the National Registrar of Historic Places and is the only stone water tower in Kansas! Along Highway K-18, Paradise

7 OIL PATCH MUSEUM RUSSELL

Visitors can see exhibits on the drilling and production of oil, as well as the pulling units, steam engines and pump jacks used throughout history. Just off I-70, Russell, 785-483-6640

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Russell County Historical Society | russellkshistory.com | e: khomewood@ruraltel.net

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Knight

A quaint, rustic cabin refurbished in recycled decor located in the hills of Fairport. Russell County’s newest boutique lodging option is complete with an outdoor entertainment space. Perfect for meetings, reunions or that special anniversary. Ask Charolette about her famous farm-totable meal options. This facility is also home to an outdoor concert area and wedding area. 200 Main Fairport St, Fairport 785-998-4388

9 Fossil Station RUSSELL

Built in 1907, Fossil Station was originally the county jail, the sheriff ’s office and living quarters. Rooms display educational settings of artifacts used or created by Russell County residents from the mid-1800’s to the present. Today it is the office of the Russell County historical society as well as a museum housing artifacts significant to the history of Russell. 331 N. Kansas, Russell, 785-483-3637

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WILSON LAKE STATE PARK

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SWITCHGRASS MOUNTAIN TRAIL

Switchgrass Mountain Bike Trail is 21.5 miles long and will take anywhere from 2-5 hours. Switchgrass Mountain Bike Trail was given an “Epic Award� from the International Mountain Bicycling Association! The scenery is spectacular! There are turns of all sorts: fast, slow, banked, flat, off-camber, tight, loose and flowy. Technically speaking, there are armored sections, narrow passages, climbing turns, rock drops and rock gardens. The trail is a clockwise stacked-loop system with three main loops. Each is well marked with color coded symbols. Riding begins at the Switchgrass Trailhead with the Golden Belt Loop (yellow), then merges with the Marina Loop (purple), and finally merges into the Hell Creek Loop (red). Do ride the whole thing, in this order: Yellow - Purple - Red - Purple - Yellow. Switchgrass Mountain Bike Trail is also great for hiking or running! There are multiple racing events held at the trail throughout the Spring and Summer! See a trail map in Resources

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RECREATION

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Community THEATER

Newly remodeled and renovated, be sure to visit the website for more information about upcoming movies and live productions!

I-70 EXIT 206 ALONG HWY K-232

116 South Main, 785-525-7747; lucastheater.org

POST ROCK Scenic Byway

Explore Nature’s Roller Coaster, winding through fields, pastures, and the beautiful prairies of Kansas! Named for the unique native limestone rocks used for fenceposts in the area, this byway offers dramatic limestone outcroppings along K-232, the rugged Dakota sandstone bluffs at Wilson Lake, and long post rock fence rows, anchored between Lucas and Wilson. The Post Rock Scenic Byway is an eighteen-mile route that extends north and south on K-232 through the Smoky Hills of Ellsworth, Lincoln and Russell Counties in north central Kansas. The two-lane asphalt road connects I-70 on the south with K-18 on the north and links the communities of Wilson (Ellsworth County) and Lucas (Russell County). A six-mile segment of the byway is adjacent to the Wilson Lake recreational area with scenic turnouts that overlook the dam and offer vistas of the lake and the valley below the dam. Rest areas, trails, picnic areas and campgrounds offer a variety of recreational opportunities. kansasbyways.org

Wilson Lake covers 9,000 acres and holds various state fishing records. Weekend anglers and fishing tournament participants can seek white bass, walleye, striped, small mouth and large mouth bass.

5 Kansas’ Clearest Lake Wilson Lake, noted as the clearest lake in Kansas, offers over 9,000 water surface acres and over 100 miles of beautiful shoreline making it one of the most scenic and better fishing areas in Kansas. Wilson Lake is the leading recreational resource for many surrounding communities and is recognized for its boating, camping, fishing, hunting, swimming, hiking and bike trails. It is also noted for its premier striped bass and smallmouth bass fishing. wilsonks.com

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Playdium Bowl

Classic and always a good time! Throw a few frames with family and friends! 900 East Wichita, 785-445-4105

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FOSSIL LAKE

Located just south of Russell, off Interstate 70. Grab a fishing pole and relax by this beautiful lake.


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7 &8 Public GOLF COURSES

Russell Municipal Golf Course

This 9-hole bluegrass fairway features lunch specials, golf cart rentals, a putting range, and a driving range. 1054 E. 2nd St., Russell, 785-483-2852

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Luray Golf Course

This 18-hole sand green course was designed by local volunteers. It provides a cart shed, restrooms, concession stand, and shelter. Open all year round. 5824 195th St, Luray, 785-698-2272

RUSSELL

MEMORIAL PARK 1056 East 4th Street; russellcity.org

• Municipal Swimming Pool

Featuring 2 water slides, 2 diving boards and also has 2 large sunshades. Open daily from Memorial Day until mid to late August.

• Frisbee Golf Course

This homemade 9-hole course is a unique touch to Memorial Park. Beautiful trees throughout the park make for a challenge.

RECREATION PROGRAMS • Infinity Fitness

601 N. Main St. • Russell, KS

• Russell Recreation Center

701 Fairway Dr. • Russell, KS • 785-483-6966 www.russellrec.com

• Fossil Creek Inn & Suites (Exercise Facility)

• Play Park • Horseshoe Pits • Baseball & Softball Fields • Skateboard Park • Tennis Courts • Walking Trail

Walking Trail at Memorial Park

A new paved walking trail to enjoy on foot or bike. Enjoy an early morning or evening walk in the Kansas beauty and fresh air. Russell, KS

Wheatbelt Gun Club

Shotgun shooting sports, contact Russell Co Eco Devo & CVB for details 785-483-4000

1430 S. Fossil • Russell, KS • 785-483-4200

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HUNTING |

Deer | Pheasant | Quail | Turkey | Waterfowl | Prairie Chicken | Dove | Small Game

INFORMATION Kansas Wildlife & Parks Fees VEHICLE PERMITS:

Image courtesy Greg Rud

Daily: $3.70 - $4.20 Annual: $19.70 - $24.70 Senior/Disabled Daily: $2.60 - $2.85 Senior/Disabled Annual: $11.10 - $13.60

For your Free Hunting Guides, please give us a call or stop by our office | 331 E. Wichita Ave., Russell, KS, 67665 | 877.830.3737

CAMPING PERMITS: Daily: $7.50 - $8.50 Annual: $152.50 - $202.50 Fourteen-Day: $87.50 - $101.50 Campsite Reservation: $11.50

Guided Hunts

Hunting Fees Resident: Hunt - $20.50 Multi-year youth - $42.50 Under 16 - Free Combo Hunt & Fish - $38.50

Non-Resident: Hunt - $72.50 Under 16 - $37.50 Combo Hunt & Fish - $112.50

Veterinary Clinics

LAST CHANCE WINGS & LAB, LLC 785-483-0248

Ensuring each and every hunter the ultimate chance to bag a native pheasant, turkey, or shoot several waterfowl species in the Central Flyway! Each hunt includes guide, dogs, transportation to field, bird processing, and lunch for full day hunts. For information on the hunting rates, please contact Stuart. www.lastchancewingslabs.com

Town & Country Animal Hospital

24 Hour Service 655 S. Van Houten • Russell • 785-483-2435

Russell Vet Service

904 S. Fossil • Russell • 785-483-5822

Supplies Sportsman’s Corner

231 E. Wichita • Russell • 785-445-4000

ShopKo Hometown Russell

87 S Fossil • Russell • 785-483-3669

Home Oil Service

WOLF CREEK OUTFITTERS 785-658-5208

Specializing in muzzle loader, archery, and rifle hunts. Each hunt is a full five-day hunt. Meals, lodging and transportation are included. Kansas has earned nationwide recognition as one of the best opportunities to harvest a trophy buck, and north-central Kansas produces the kind of monsters that only dreams are made of. At Wolf Creek, we strive to make your dream a reality. Experience the thrill of harvesting a Kansas monster buck or a prize turkey! Wolf Creek Outfitters has everything you will need included in your hunt package. www.wolfcreekhunting.net

5499 Hwy 18 • Lucas • 785-525-6366

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FISHING |

Walleye | Catfish | Stripers | Bass | Crappie

INFORMATION Fishing License Fees Resident: Fishing - $20.50 Lifetime Fishing - $444.15 Combo Hunt & Fish - $38.50

Non-Resident:

For your Free Fishing Guides, please give us a call or stop by our office | 200 South Main., Russell, KS, 67665 | 877.830.3737

Fishing - $42.50 5-day Fishing - $22.50 Combo Hunt & Fish - $112.50

Boating Safety • Alcohol & boating do not mix • Insure all safety equipment is aboard and functioning properly • Obey all state and federal boating law and buoys • Watch for boating hazards such as floating or sunken debris • Be alert for changing weather conditions and head to shore immediately if bad weather threatens • Always wear an approved life jacket • Watch out for swimmers and other boaters

Boats | Repairs Dock’s Boats & RV

65 S Fossil • Russell, Ks 785-483-5807

Rentals Hell Creek Motorsports

• Wilson Lake is home to 2 state record fish, a 13.16 pound walleye and a 44 pound striped bass! • Wilson Lake is home to two aquatic invasive species, the White Perch and the Zebra Mussel. • Handicap accessible courtesy docks are available at both state and federal parks and at the boat ramps.

Knotheads Bait Shop

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ANNUAL EVENTS • BRICKS, BRONCS, BBQ & BREW ME, Russell

MARCH

AUGUST

• RUSSELL HOME SHOW, Russell

• ADAM’S APPLE FESTIVAL, Lucas

Explore local vendors and see what is new for

Bring the whole family where you will find kids

your home.

activities, craft booths, food vendors, and many

• ANNUAL FISH FRY, Luray

games for the whole family.

Come to Luray and enjoy home cooking!!

• GORHAM STREET DANCE

APRIL

Get your dancing shoes on for a night out on the town! Great bands perform on the streets in

• ANNUAL ESAU MUSIC FESTIVAL,

Gorham.

Fairport

• DORRANCE TAILGATE

MAY • CINCO DE MAYO, Luray Day of community celebration! • BLESSING OF THE BIKES, Russell/Dorrance Ride to support the Disabled American Veterans in Kansas. •ALUMNI HOG ROAST, Lucas

JULY •K-18 STATE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT, Lucas • FREEDOM FEST CELEBRATION, Russell Fireworks show after dark and many fun activities for the family. • WALDO AFTER HARVEST FESTIVAL, Waldo • AD ASTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL, Russell

Come enjoy BBQ, Poker Run, kids games and a street dance! Fun for all ages!

Reminiscent of the “good old days”, giving the community an opportunity to show off everything from quilts to livestock.

Come enjoy different art work from Kansas artists! • HELL ON WHEELS, Wilson Lake Grab your mountain bike and head out to the Epic Switchgrass Bike Trail at Wilson Lake! • MASONIC HAUNTED HOUSE, Russell A new fall edition to downtown Russell to scare and surprise participants! • LURAY CRAFT FAIR, Luray

NOVEMBER

• SUNFLOWER VISUAL-ARTS

• TURKEY DINNER & BAZAAR, Paradise

PHOTO CONTEST, Lucas

Start off Pheasant season with home-

• FRIENDSHIP DAY, Luray

baked foods, crafts, & cookbooks.

Day of community celebration!

Enjoy a turkey and dressing with all

• WICKED WILSON 100

the trimmings. Hunters are Welcome!

Enjoy a 100 mile gravel race in the

• ZETA MU CRAFT SHOW, Russell

beautiful and challenging hill country

Shop early for Christmas at the Zeta Mu Craft

abround Wilson Lake!

Show. You will find local vendors and locally

• RUSSELL COMMUNITY THEATER, Russell

made gifts!

Come enjoy 3 to 4 productions a year. For show

• LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE, Russell

information, please contact 785-445-8480

See lots of lighted floats travel down Main Street of Russell!

OCTOBER

• THE CAEL EVANS MEMORIAL RS CO.

•ALL YEARS SCHOOL REUNION WKND,

• ON THE WATER POKER RUN, Wilson Lake • GRANNY MAE’S PUMPKIN PATCH, Dorrance Celebrate the warmth & magic of nature’s richGet your boat ready for a fun Poker Run at • RUSSELL COUNTY FREE FAIR, Russell

BBQ Contest. • ROAR ART SHOW, Russell

SEPTEMBER

A series of music variety and talent from throu- Russell; first weekend in October Enjoy the Car Show and Bricks, Bronx & BBQ. gout the U.S.

Wilson Lake!

Come downtown and enjoy Russell Main Street’s

YOUTH HUNT Russell Great hunting experience for the youth! • HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW, Lucas

DECEMBER

est season with a living maze, bonfires & marsh-

• WEIHNACHTSFEST, Russell

mallow roast, hayrack rides, kid’s train rides,

Get in the Christmas spirit with storytelling for

and much more! Build lasting memories with

kids, Santa’s workshop for the kids, and many

your family at Granny Mae’s Pumpkin Patch.

giveaways from local businesses.

• FLATLAND CAR SHOW, Russell

• SANTA CLAUS DAY, Lucas

Flatland Car Show in Downtown Russell.

Santa usually arrives in Lucas the weekend before

Lots of awards given away. Bring your cars &

Christmas. A Christmas movie is shown and

motorcycles.

treats are distributed to the kids. • CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND, Russell

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ANNUAL EVENTS |

www.kansaschristmaswonderland.com Shop the ChristmasWonderland store, ride the train, feed the reindeer, & much more. A place for the entire family!

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RESOURCES COURTHOUSE

Russell County Courthouse 785-483-6226 | 401 N. Main, Russell

DRIVERS LICENSE

Russell County Motor Vehicle 785-483-2251 | 401 N. Main, Russell “call for hours available

VOTER REGISTRATION Russell County Clerk’s Office 785-483-4641 | 401 N. Main, Russell

CITY OFFICES

Russell City Hall 785-483-6311 | 133 W. 8th, Russell Lucas City Hall 785-525-6425 |201 S. Main, Lucas Dorrance City Hall 785-666-4459 | 523 Main, Dorrance Gorham City Hall 785-637-5288 | 125 Market, Gorham Luray City Hall 785-698-2302 | 115 S. Main, Luray

COMMUNITY

Russell Area Chamber of Commerce 785-483-6960 | 507 N. Main, Russell russellchamber.com Russell Main Street 785-483-2897 | 507 N. Main, Russell russellmainstreet.com Russell County ED & CVB 785-483-4000 | 331 E. Wichita Ave., Russell russellcoks.org Lucas Area Chamber of Commerce 785-525-6288 | 201 S. Main, Lucas lucaskansas.com Russell County Community Foundation 785-445-3611 | 507 N. Main, Russell rcacf.net

LAW ENFORCEMENT Russell City Police 785-483-2121 | 339 East 8th, Russell russellcity.org Russell County Sheriff’s Office 785-483-2151 | 210 East 4th, Russell russellcountysheriff.org

MEDICAL FACILITIES Russell Regional Hospital 785-483-3131 | 200 S. Main, Russell Russell County Health 785-483-6433 |189 W. Luray, Russell Family Medical Clinic 785-483-3811 | 410 N. Main, Russell Rural Health Clinic 785-525-7788 | 216 S. Main, Lucas

VETERINARY CLINICS

Town & Country 785-483-2435 | 655 S Van Houten, Russell Russell Vet Service 785-483-5822 | 904 S. Fossil, Russell

SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER Russell Senior Center 785-483-2008 | 518 N. Main, Russell Luray Senior Center 785-698-2405 | 100 S. Main, Luray Lucas Golden Age Center 785-525-7792 | 210 S. Main, Lucas Gorham Senior Center 785-637-5331 | 99 Clifford, Gorham Waldo Senior Center 785-942-3248 | 610 Iva Ave., Waldo

LIBRARY

Russell Public Library 785-483-2742 | 126 E 6th, Russell Lucas Public Library 785-525-6305 | 209 S Main, Lucas Luray City Library 785-698-2208 | 119 N Main, Luray

BANKS

UMB Bank 785-483-6800 | 507 N. Main, Russell Southwind Bank 785-483-2300 | 436 N. Main, Russell Sunflower Bank 785-483-6322 | 740 N. Main, Russell Wilson State Bank 785-483-7300 | 565 S. Fossil, Russell Gorham State Bank 785-637-5401 | 129 E US Hwy 40, Gorham Bennington State Bank 785-525-6445 | 132 S. Main, Lucas Famers Bank 785-698-2209 | 102 S. Main, Luray

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NEWSPAPER

Russell County News 785-483-2116 |mainstreetmedia.us Lucas-Sylvan News 785-525-6355 | 203 S. Main, Lucas

RADIO

KRSL 785-483-3121 | krsl.com

LAUNDRY

Fossil Creek RV Park/Laundry 785-483-2603 | 833 S Front #9, Russell Triple J Camper Park/Laundry 785-483-4826 | 187 E. Edwards, Russell Lucas RV Park/Laundry 785-525-6236 | 119 N Wolf Ave., Lucas

LOCKSMITH

Pulis Lock & Key 785-483-2264 B&C Auto Repair 785-483-3178 | 721 N Kansas, Russell A&D Towing 785-445-4056

PHARMACY

Gregwire Health Mart 785-483-3301 | 714 N Main, Russell Midwest Family Health 785-483-2119 |208 S Fossil, Russell

CHURCHES

Russell County is home to a variety of faith options. Not only are the churches of Russell County places of worship, charity and praise, they also offer unique architecture. many of the churches tell a story of historic value from the past, while also speaking to the present. For a complete list of church options in Russell County, contact the Russell County Economic Development and Convention & Visitors Bureau at 785-483-4000 or visit our website at russellcoks.org. FOR ROAD CONDITIONS, CLOSURES, CONSTRUCTION/DETOUR AND TRAVEL WEATHER INFORMATION: PH: 5-1-1 OR 1-866-5368 | 511.KSDOT.ORG


RESOURCES | DINE, SHOP, STAY!

For updates contact our office at 785-483-4000. | Current as of October 2017

DINING

STAY

804 Ale House 785-483-2155 | 840 Main St., Russell Backstreet Bakery Lounge & Grill 785-525-6351 | 208 S. Main, Lucas Bunker Hill Cafe’ 785-483-6544 | Bunker Hill

Hobby House Flea Market Fossil Creek Hotel & Suites 785-525-6204 | 127 N. Main, Lucas 785-483-4200 | 1430 S. Fossil, Russell Serendipity Downtown fossilcreekhotel.com 785-445-2370 | 709 N Main, Russell The Mahoney House Upscale consignment shop! 509-434-4374 | 216 N. Kansas, Russell Marvin’s Gardens The Lodge at Russell *Reservations Required 785-483-2911 | 1214 S. Fossil, Russell 785-483-2107 | 901 S. Fossil, Russell Russell Elks Lodge A Full House Days Inn 785-483-3071 | 510 S. Fossil, Russell 785-483-2104 |825 N. Main, Russell 785-483-6660 | 1225 S. Fossil, Russell Fossil Station Pizzeria Myers Furniture daysinn.com 785-483-6200 | 1410 S. Fossil, Russell 785-483-2481 | 721 N. Main, Russell Greenwood Inn K-18 Cafe’ Woelk’s House of Diamonds 785-483-2488 | 1405 S. Fossil, Russell 785-525-6262 | 5495 Highway K-18, Lucas 785-483-5767 | 628 N. Main, Russell super8.com Klema’s Apple Market/Smoke House www.woelks.com Set In Stone Cabin 785-483-3758 | 51 S. Fossil, Russell Sportsman’s Corner 785-525-7742 | 647 East 1st, Lucas Meridy’s Restaurant 785-445-4000 | 231 E. Wichita, Russell A Fairport Knight 785-483-4300 |1220 S. Fossil, Russell www.sportsmanscornerks.com 785-998-4388 | 200 Main, Fairport Peking Garden Cook’s Auto Parts/Hardware Hank Garden View Lodge 785-483-3225 | 407 S. Fossil, Russell 785-483-3541 | 599 S. Fossil, Russell 785-658-6607 | 304 E 2nd, Lucas Espresso Etc. Jake’s Sales & Services Horseshoe Lodge 785-445-4055 | 628 N. Main, Russell 785-445-3444 | 1004 S. Fossil, Russell 785-525-7717 | 414 N. Main, Lucas San Juans Mexican Restaurant www.milhonracing.com horseshoelodgeks.com 785-445-3777 | 740 E. Wichita, Russell The Kitchen Vault Waudby’s Sports Bar & Grill 785-483-5767 | 628 N Main St., Russell 785-483-2532 | 719 N. Main, Russell Aunt Gertie’s Art & Antiques Set In Stone 620-213-1025 | 123 S Main St., Lucas 785-525-6464 | 120 Duwe Ave., Lucas Trinity UMC Thrift Store Triple J RV Park Brant’s Meat Market 785-483-4469 | 1329 N Kansas St., Russell 785-483-4826 | 187 E. Edward, Russell 785-525-6464 | 125 S. Main, Lucas Russell Regional Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop Fossil Creek RV Park Encore Antiques & Collectibles 785-483-0892 | 200 S. Main Street, Russell 785-483-2603 | 833 S. Front, Russell 785-445-8480 | 590 S. Fossil, Russell Gregwire Health Mart Lucas RV Park D. Palma & Co. Mercantile 785-483-3301 | 714 N Main St., Russell 785-525-6236 | 119 S. Wolf Ave., Lucas 785-483-2177 | 604 N. Main, Russell Midwest Family Health Stream of God Ministry RV Park dpalmaco.com 785-483-2119 | 208 S. Fossil, Russell 785-324-0444 | Luray Off The Vine Tangerine Tumbleweed 785-432-1429 | 731 N. Main, Russell 785-445-8636 | 303-710-2747 | 304 E. 2nd St., Miscellany Antiques Xtreme Fun Center Lucas 785-445-4035 | 624 N. Main, Russell 785-445-2938 | 28 N Kansas, Russell Sunflower Designs Jagged Edge Salon, Spa & Boutique Russell Community Theatre 785-324-2237 | 718 N. Main, Russell 785-483-3772 | 704 N. Main, Russell 785-483-4057 | 140 E 5th St., Russell Grey Beard Graphics The Closet Boutique Dream Theater 785-525-6371 | 206 S. Main St. Suite B, Lucas 785-483-5600 | 713 N. Main, Russell 785-445-1949 | 629 N Main, Russell Itchy Trigger Finger Possumbilities Lucas Area Community Theater 785-483-8781 | 418 East Wichita, Russell 785-236-9035 | 123 S. Main, Lucas 785-525-7747 | 116 S. Main, Lucas itchytriggerfingerllc.com Kansas Originals Market Playdium Bowl 877-457-6233 |  233 Highway K-232, Wilson 785-445-4105 | 900 E Wichita Ave, Russell Lana’s Flower Company ShopKo Hometown Russell Hellcreek Water Sports 785-483-5436 |  704 E. Wichita Ave., Russell 785-445-3610 | 87 S Fossill, Russell 785-658--2163 | Wilson Lake Lynn’s Glass Works & Laser Engraving Dollar General 785-525-6236 | 120 S. Main, Lucas 2 locations on Fossill Street Klema Apple Market facebook: @lynnsglassworks 785-483-2149 | 51 S. Fossil, Russell

RV PARKS

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ENTERTAINMENT

RETAILERS

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RESOURCES | EDUCATION

RUSSELL COUNTY AREA SCHOOLS & AREA CONTINUING EDUCATION School District

School Buildings

Town

USD 407

Simpson Elementary Bickerdyke Elementary Ruppenthal MS Russell HS

Russell

Lucas-Sylvan Elementary Sylvan-Lucas Jr./Sr. HS

Lucas Sylvan Grove

Natoma Elementary Natoma High School

Natoma

USD 299 USD 399

School

Town

Distance

Hays

30-64 miles

Great Bend

48-75 miles

Academy of Hair Design

Hays

30-64 miles

Fort Hays State University

Hays

34-68 miles

North Central Technical College Barton County Community College

* Several Preschools available

For More Information Contact:

Russell County Economic Development and Convention & Visitors Bureau

331 E. Wichita Ave. • Russell, KS • 67665 877.830.3737 • rced@russellks.org • www.russellcoks.org Russell County Kansas


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Russell County Economic Development & CVB 331 E. Wichita Ave. • Russell, KS • 67665 877.830.3737 www.russellcoks.org

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Russell County, Kansas Official Visitor's Guide 2017-2018  

Welcome to beautiful Russell County, Kansas.

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