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Midland Railway Historical Association 1515 W. High St. Baldwin City, KS 66006-0005 Phone (913) 721-1211 Depot (785) 594-6982 The Midland Railway operates excursion trains on a line originally constructed in 1867. Train rides feature a more than 20-mile round trip from Baldwin City via “Norwood, Kansas” to Ottawa Junction, Kansas, traveling through scenic Eastern Kansas farmland and woods via vintage railway equipment. The Midland Railway is a completely volunteer-staffed, non-profit 501(c)(3), common carrier railroad operated to preserve and display transportation history as an educational demonstration railroad. Join us for a train ride – bring the whole family! We are in easy reach of Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Ottawa, Lawrence, Topeka and nearby communities. Normal excursion trains June through October every year.

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Ottawa and Franklin County are the perfect place for a family vacation, a weekend getaway or some serious shopping. We hope you enjoy your visit and take time to tour our local attractions, many of which are described in these pages. We have everything from wonderful antique shops and great furniture stores to a fabulous quilting store with everything you ever will need. We offer superb dining options, including one of the best places for barbecue ribs in the Heartland to some of the best pizza you’ve ever tasted. We also have quality overnight lodging facilities available from six hotels and motels with more than 313 rooms and a newly opened bed and breakfast. People who visit Franklin County continually marvel at our friendly nature, rural charm, rich history and late 19th and early 20th century Victorian architecture. Throughout the year, our communities host a number of exciting events, including the Power of the Past Antique Engine and Tractor Show, Ol’ Marais River Run Car Show, Wellsville Days and the Veterans Day Parade, just to name a few. Our mission is to help you learn more about the attractions, festivals, sporting events, entertainment venues and our yearly events. It is with great pleasure I welcome you to Franklin County, and I hope you can stay long enough to get to know us. Use this guide as your source for exploring what all we have to offer! Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

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Table of Contents Welcome..................................4 Community Profiles.....................5 Attractions............................6-7 Local History.............................8 Freedom’s Frontier......................9 Agritourism.........................10-11 Dining ...............................12-13 Shopping............................14-15 Parks & Recreation................16-17 Arts & Culture......................18-19 Calendar of Events................20-21 Accommodations..................22-23 Self-Guided Tours.....................24 Meetings & Group Tours..........26-27 County & City Maps...............28-29 Service Numbers.......................30

DID YOU KNOW? • CNN Money Magazine voted Ottawa, Kan., one of the Top 25 Best Places to Retire in 2012. • The Paint Quality Institute voted Ottawa and Franklin County as achieving an “Exceptional Merit” mention in America’s Prettiest Painted Places for 2012. • Kansas Sampler Foundation named Guy & Mae’s Tavern as one of the “8 Wonders of Kansas” in the restaurant category for 2010. • Franklin is the fifth fastest growing county in Kansas. • Famous Ottawans are Steve Grogan, former New England Patriots quarterback; Gary Hart, former Democratic U.S. senator from Colorado and presidential candidate in 1984 and 1988; and Chely Wright, country music artist and Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist in 1995. • The population of Ottawa, the county seat, was 12,649 in the 2010 census, and the population of Franklin County was 25,992. • The Ottawa High School cross-country girls team holds the most state championships of any sport with seven state championships to their credit. • Franklin County has 18 listings on the National Register of Historical Places. • The Marais des Cygnes River means “Marsh of the Swans” in French. • The county was named after Benjamin Franklin in 1855.

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Community Profiles Lane


City Hall: (785) 869-2600

City Hall: (785) 835-6425

Lane is in the southeast corner of the county and had a population of 225 people in 2010. The city was named in 1863 for Sen. James Henry Lane, a leader of the Jayhawker abolitionist movement and one of the first senators from Kansas. The town’s history is most associated with the night of May 24, 1856, when John Brown and his men murdered five pro-slavery men near Dutch Henry’s Crossing, known today as the Pottawatomie Creek Massacre.

Richmond is 16 miles south of Ottawa on U.S. 59 and had a population of 464 people in 2010. John Richmond, an agent for the railroad, donated 40 acres for the building of a townsite in 1870. The Richmond areas abounds in natural beauty in the heart of a farming community.

Pomona City Hall: (785) 556-3851;

Pomona is nine miles west of Ottawa in the county and had a population of 832 in 2010. John Whetstone purchased 12,000-15,000 acres of land on what had been the Sac and Fox Indian reservation and founded the city of Pomona in 1869. Pomona has a variety of businesses, including banks, shops and restaurants. Pomona Lake is just a few miles west of town.

Princeton City Hall: (785) 937-4103

Princeton is south of Ottawa on U.S. 59 and had a population of 277 in 2010. It was established in 1869 as a siding of the Lawrence, Leavenworth and Galveston Railroad A business district has developed along U.S. 59.

Rantoul City Hall: (785) 878-3475

Rantoul is southeast of Ottawa and had a population of 184 in 2010. The post office was given the name “Rantoul” in the early 1870s in honor of Robert Rantoul, a Massachusetts senator and active abolitionist. Much of the “Bleeding Kansas” history can be found in this area. Rantoul is also home to Dodson Aviation, an aircraft sales and avionics supplier since 1967.

Wellsville City Hall: (785) 883-2296; Chamber: (785) 418-2431

Wellsville, located in the northeast corner of Franklin County, was once known as the “English Blue Grass Capital” of the world for its production of grass seed. The community was once part of the land ceded to and then reacquired from the Shawnee Indians. The old bank building at 418 Main St. was the town’s first brick edifice and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The renovated home at 113 E. Fifth St., just east of Main Street, was the former Barabeau Hotel, the first building in Wellsville. The town is famous for such people as Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton and country singer Chely Wright.

Williamsburg City Hall: (785) 746-5578

Williamsburg is in the southwest part of the county along Old Highway 50 and I-35 and had a population of 370 in 2010. It was established as a railroad town in 1868. William Schofield and James F. Dane platted the town, and Schofield promoted a railroad, the Kansas City, Burlington and Santa Fe, which ran from Ottawa to Williamsburg. At one time, the Williamsburg Coal Co. had a capacity of 25-30 tons of high grade coal a day that was marketed daily to consumers within a 20- to 50-mile radius. The city is home to Guy & Mae’s Tavern, a well-recognized barbecue restaurant.

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Appanoose Area Museum 600 Shawnee Road, Pomona (785) 665-7576 Open 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day or by appointment. Free admission.

Visit the “museum on the prairie.” Step back in time to a one-room school, a 1920s farm kitchen and many buffalo and Native American artifacts. See pictures of Appanoose, Pomona, Williamsburg, Silkville and other communities on display.

Carnegie Cultural Center 510 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-8478 Open for special exhibits. Free admission.

Originally a library building, the structure is now home to the Ottawa Arts Council, Ottawa Art Guild and Suzuki Strings. It is also available for meetings. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Plaza Grill & Cinema 209 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-0777

The Plaza Grill & Cinema is believed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, operating movie theaters in America. It has been restored to its original art deco character but with up-to-date sound, digital and 3D projection equipment. It features weekly movie specials and special events throughout the year.

Franklin County Courthouse and Veterans Memorial

315 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 229-3400 Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free admission.

Regarded as one of the most outstanding works by George P. Washburn, the 1893 courthouse is adorned with many details. The courtroom on the second floor is original to the structure. The Franklin County Veterans Memorial was dedicated in November of 1999. Wooden carved statues on the courthouse lawn honor Washburn and John Tecumseh “Tauy” Jones, an American Indian missionary who helped found Ottawa University.

Historic Main Street and Street Corner History Downtown Ottawa (785) 242-2085;

The commercial Main Street structures were built between 1872 and 1900 in late Victorian styling. Today, the structures support many retail stores, restaurants and local services. This area of Main was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Eight interactive kiosks show and tell you the history of Ottawa along Main Street. All kiosks are filled with old photos that you can compare to the actual buildings that still stand and those that have perished. You can start anywhere, for each kiosk tells the story of a block.

Kansas Belle Dinner Train

Dietrich Cabin Fifth and Main streets, Ottawa (785) 242-1232; Open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays in the summer. Free admission.

The 1859 Dietrich Cabin stands today as a tribute to a courageous couple who suffered severe hardship on the Kansas frontier. Recently remodeled, visitors can see what life on the prairie was like for families.



1515 W. High St., Baldwin City (785) 594-8505;

Reminisce as you travel on board the Kansas Belle Dinner Train in the 1940s era decorated cars. Let your mind wander as you dine and listen to music of the Big Band era. Enjoy murder mystery plays, WWII USO shows and melodramas.

Midland Railway

Williamsburg Community Museum

1515 W. High St., Baldwin City (913) 721-1211;

309 S. East St., Williamsburg (785) 746-8830 Open 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays June through Labor Day or by appointment. Free admission.

The Midland Railway operates excursion trips from Baldwin City for trips around the community on a line originally constructed in 1867 by the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Fort Gibson Railroad. The railway puts on several special events each year.

The museum, which consists of a newly built building and an old church, houses mining pieces, veterans memorabilia, historic school items and more.

Old Depot Museum 135 W. Tecumseh St., Ottawa (785) 242-1250; Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. March through December. Admission: $3, adults; $1, students; free, preschoolers

The 1888 two-story passenger train depot serves as a local history museum. Displays include a Victorian parlor, general store, military room, a soda fountain and large HO model train layout. There is a permanent exhibit dedicated to the Pottawatomie Massacre.

Richmond Community Museum 119 E. Central St., Richmond (785) 835-6598 or (785) 835-6170; Open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Memorial Day through Labor Day or by appointment. Donation admission.

The museum concentrates on the local history of Richmond with more than 1,000 local artifacts and a large collection of historical albums, newspaper clippings and photos.

Wellsville Historical Society 517 Main Street, Suite 100, Wellsville (785) 883-2368; Open 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

The historical society highlights the local history of Wellsville with school history, military information and local family history.

Courthouse Lawn “Tauy� Jones Statue

olD DEPOT MUSEUM Rails, Trails,& Prairie Tales

Visit a Victorian Parlor, General Store, Soda Fountain & more Turn of the Century Living on Display

One Room School prog ram open to 4th grade stude nts See Current & Traveling Exhibits

135 West Tecumseh, ottawa, KS 785-242-1250 Large HO Scale Train Model Open March - December Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.~ Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Ottawa Baptist Mission

Freedom’s Frontier Local Sites

Freedom’s Frontier

John Brown Museum State Historic Site

947 New Hampshire St., Lawrence (785) 856-5300;

10 and Main streets, Osawatomie (785) 755-4384;

Events that happened in the 29 eastern Kansas and 12 western Missouri counties of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area led to the Civil War and an enduring struggle for freedom. Conflict over slavery and other issues drew those on both sides into a violent Border War. Missouri heroes were Kansas villains. Kansas victories were Missouri tragedies. Now, Freedom’s Frontier bridges the border. Explore Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and experience from many viewpoints the strong freedom story that runs along the Missouri-Kansas border. Franklin County is part of that national heritage area.

The Rev. Samuel Adair and his wife, Florella, were peaceful abolitionists who came to Kansas and settled near Osawatomie, an abolitionist community and a center of conflict during “Bleeding Kansas.” The Adair cabin was a station on the Underground Railroad and Florella’s half brother, John Brown, used this cabin as his headquarters.

Pottawatomie Massacre The Pottawatomie Massacre occurred during the night of May 24 and the morning of May 25, 1856. In reaction to the sacking of Lawrence by pro-slavery forces, John Brown and a band of abolitionist settlers (some of them members of the Pottawatomie Rifles) killed five settlers north of Pottawatomie Creek near Lane in Franklin County.

Black Jack Battlefield 163 E. 2000 Road, Baldwin City (785) 883-2106;

Think the first gunfire of the Civil War happened at Fort Sumter? Around here, we believe that John Brown’s battle with proslavery troops of Missourian Henry Clay Pate was the first battle. This recently declared National Historical Landmark and its environs feature the battlefield itself, Sante Fe Trail ruts and markers and the Robert Hall Pearson farmstead, Nature Park and Prairie Restoration area.


Marais des Cygnes River On Aug. 30, 1856, 250-300 Border Ruffians, led by John W. Reid and the Rev. Martin White, attacked the city of Osawatomie. Reid was intent on destroying free state settlements and then moving on to Topeka and Lawrence. John Brown and 40 men tried to defend the town against the pro-slavery partisans, causing many casualties before being forced to withdraw. Osawatomie then was looted and burned.

Dietrich Cabin Fifth and Main streets, Ottawa (785) 242-1232; Open 1-4 p.m. Sundays in the summer. Free admission.

The 1859 walnut log home of a German immigrant family who struggled with prairie fires, border ruffians and severe drought. This cabin features furnishings typical of the 1850s and 60s, and reminds one of the challenges the pioneers faced.

Old Depot Museum 135 W. Tecumseh St., Ottawa; (785) 242-1250; Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and 1-4 p.m. Sun. March-December. Admission: $3, adults; $1, students; free, preschoolers

The 1888 two-story passenger train depot serves as a local history museum. There is a permanent exhibit dedicated to the Pottawatomie Massacre.

Silkville Ranch

Local History George P. Washburn

Ottawa Indians

George P. Washburn was one of the leading architects in the state at the turn of the 20th century and set up his own architecture practice in Ottawa in 1882. Although Washburn designed all types of buildings, he is best known for his 13 courthouses, including the one in Franklin County. He is credited with the design of many late 19th century Victorian-style mansions and cottages in Ottawa. Washburn’s own house still stands as a private residence in the 500 block of Cherry Street. Ottawa’s prosperity in the late 19th century resulted in many Victorian buildings being built downtown. They have cast-iron storefronts with large windows on the lower level, one or more stories of brick and stone masonry, decorative window openings and very decorative cornices.

Starting in 1837, the land now known as Franklin County, recently emptied of its original native Osages, was part of the “Permanent Indian Frontier,” an area where Indians removed from eastern settlement areas were placed. Within the boundaries were relocated Sac and Fox, Munsee, Chippewa, Ottawas, Peorias, Piankeshaws, Kaskaskias, Weas, Pottawatomies and Shawnees. Almost all of them had been relocated again to Oklahoma by 1870.

John Tecumseh “Tauy” Jones Tauy Jones was born in Canada. His mother was a Chippewa Indian and his father an Englishman. In 1833, when the U.S. government relocated the Pottawatomie Indians to Franklin County, Jones agreed to help them in their new home and acted as an interpreter between the Indians and the U.S. officials. Jones found himself on the anti-slavery side, and for it his house in the county was burned by the Border Ruffians in 1856. Jones continued to work with the Indians until their displacement in 1867. Jones will left his property and assets to Ottawa University. There is a building on the grounds named for him.

Bleeding Kansas and John Brown In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act established “popular sovereignty” and allowed the residents of the territory to vote its land free or pro-slavery. For the next six years, the fight for control of this territory ensued by ballot box and guns. This era was called Bleeding Kansas.

William H. “Dad” Martin In 1894, William H. “Dad” Martin took over a photo studio in Ottawa. In 1908, he ventured into trick photography, producing a series of wildly exaggerated photographs. They had so much success for Martin that the following year he sold his studio to concentrate on his postcard business. During the next three years, Martin’s postcards earned him a fortune. In 1912, he sold the business and founded the National Sign Co.

Franklin County Records & Research Center 1124 W. Seventh Street Terrace, Ottawa (785) 242-1232;

The Franklin County Records & Research Center is the Franklin County Historical Society’s archives facility. Paper and textile artifacts are stored here, and visitors are welcome to research family history and small town life in the area. The historical society was founded in 1937, after a group of locals attended a screening of Gary Cooper’s movie, “The Plainsman” at Plaza Theater. They became the recipient of the museum collections and papers of the George H. Thomas Post No. 18 of the Grand Army of the Republic, the local Union Civil War veterans organization.

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Ottawa Farmers Market

Agritourism Berry Good Farm 2309 Riley Road, Ottawa (785) 242-8313; Open Check website or call ahead of picking season.

Berry Good Farm has new owners and continue to offer delicious you-pick blueberries and raspberries. Homemade jams, additional produce and other goodies are available, too.

Littlejohn’s Sherwood Farms 513 Ohio Road, Richmond (785) 835-7057 Call ahead for seasonal hours.

Come and see this small family fruit farm featuring its own homemade certified kitchen jams, jellies and syrups in a large variety of flavors. Spring is busy with a crop full of asparagus, and in the summer come and pick your own blackberries and peaches. The farm is also home to many annuals and perennials, including lush mums in the fall.

Ottawa Farmers Market 2008 S. Princeton St., Ottawa Open 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday April through October.

This is Franklin County’s place for fresh produce, elk meat, flowers, baked goods and more. In the fall, enjoy a selection of apples, pumpkins, corn and straw decor items. Also featured are items handmade locally.


Pome on the Range Orchard & Winery 2050 Idaho Road, Williamsburg (785) 746-5492; Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The orchard and winery offers many seasonal fruits and vegetables, along with a line of 20 wines locally produced. Several wines have won recognition. In the summer, 13 varieties of peaches are available, and 15 varieties of apples are available in the fall. Enjoy the annual Fall Festival and pick your own apples and pumpkins after a wagon ride and other great family fun festivities. For large groups or special tours, call for a reservation. Special events are scheduled on various weekends throughout the year.

Pome on the Range Orchard & Winery

45 minutes southwest of Olathe – Exit 176 off I-35

Open year-round with Kansas wines and seasonal fruits and vegetables 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; Noon-5 p.m. Sun.

2050 Idaho Road, Williamsburg, KS (785) 746-5492

Dunn’s Landing

New Horizon Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center

4553 Ohio Road, Wellsville (785) 242-6250;

Dunn’s Landing has been in the Dunn Family through four generations since it was purchased by Duanna Dunn in 1907. Dunn’s Landing is owned and operated by Robin Dunn, great-granddaughter of Duanna. Robin took the reins of the 1,000 acre working farm in 1993. Since then, she has continued farming the land and has worked continuously to ensure that Dunn’s Landing remains true to its historical roots. This beautiful working farm, which has a horse and carriage, serves as a venue for many weddings, receptions and parties. Nearby Orchard House Bed & Breakfast supplies a location for overnight stays.

Franklin County Quilt Block Tour Franklin County Visitor Information Center 2011 E. Logan St., Ottawa (785) 242-1411;

The Franklin County Quilt Block Tour began in 2011 and now has more than 30 quilt blocks hanging in every corner of Franklin County. The project allows visitors and residents to gain a better understanding of the agriculture in the area by placing colorful quilt block markers on area farms. A complete listing of blocks can be found online and at the Visitor Information Center. Quilt block merchandise also is available for purchase. Some blocks are replications of treasured family quilt designs, while others are selected from new designs. Many of the designs reflect the product produced on the farm, while others reflect an Irish, American Indian or Swedish heritage.

1526 Vermont Road, Rantoul (913) 620-2788;

This ranch provides equine assisted activities for individuals facing physical or cognitive challenges and also those who experience emotional, learning and behavioral difficulties and at-risk youth. Every week brings opportunity in life with riding skills, communication, physical strength, socialization and interaction with the horses for a fun and challenging atmosphere. The ranch offers a variety of programs, including hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, equine-assisted learning, equine-assisted psychotherapy and summer day camp programs.

Pleasant Ridge 2710 Vermont Road, Rantoul (785) 878-3375; Pumpkin patch open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday late September through Halloween. Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

The farm offers a bountiful assortment of pumpkins in the fall and a tree farm for the holidays. The pumpkin patch can be reached by hay wagon, where you can pick out your own pumpkin. Activities include a hay bale maze, bounce house, big tube slides and more. In the winter, pick out your own tree at Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm. The Memory Lane Light Display began in 1992 and has grown each year with additional lights and displays.

Pleasant Ridge Peckham’s Pumpkin Patch Sept. 27 through Oct. 31

Visit the gift shop for gourds, Indian corn, corn shocks and seasonal decorations! Take the hay wagon to pick your own pumpkin and play in the big hay bale maze, bounce house, tube slides, board games, duck race and more! Only $5 for those 5 and older! 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Ol’ Mary’s Chili Cook-off — Oct. 4 This annual event kicks off the Pleasant Ridge season! Cost includes sampling and voting for the best chili and admission to the pumpkin patch fun. Most of the proceeds go to the Franklin County Firefighters Association.

Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm & Light Display Nov. 28 through Dec. 24

“A tree lasts a few weeks; Memories last a lifetime.” Trees for sale are precut, shaken and netted. Enjoy the light display, a half-mile road with more than 40 displays. Visit the gift shop for holiday items and hot cocoa. Tree farm: 1-5 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday Light display: 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Eisele “Corn & Beans” Quilt Block

2710 Vermont Road, Rantoul, KS (785) 878-3375

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Bella Cucina

Dining Barbecue


Guy & Mae’s Tavern*

Big Boppers Café

119 Williams St., Williamsburg 520 Main St., Wellsville (785) 746-8830 (785) 883-9990 Voted one of the eight culinary Daylight Donuts Wonders of Kansas! 1644 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-8412 LeRoy’s 203 E. Franklin St., Pomona Highway Grill (785) 566-3833 120 S. State Road, Richmond Smoked Creations BBQ* (785) 835-6474 306 S. Main St., Ottawa Keim Bakery (785) 229-3639 304 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-6700 Smokey’s BBQ & Café* 510 S. Main St., Wellsville Lane Café (785) 883-4119 417 Kansas Ave., Lane Smokemaster’s BBQ (785) 869-2400 204 E. Franklin St., Pomona Old 56 (785) 566-3304 2227 S. Princeton St., Ottawa (785) 242-7757 Pizza 410 E. Franklin St., Pomona (785) 566-8383 2314 S. Princeton St., Ottawa (785) 242-1212

Blue Star

910 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-6818

405 N. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-6184

Mexican Amigos

Maria’s Mexican Café

El Sol*

Poncho’s of Ottawa*

234 E. Franklin St., Pomona (785) 566-3223 210 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 214-4174

314 S. Main, Ottawa (785) 242-0200 429 S. Main, Ottawa (785) 242-8227

El Sol

115 Williams St., Williamsburg (785) 746-8830

Plaza Grill & Cinema* 209 S. Main, Ottawa (785) 242-5555

Pizza Time*

Sirloin Stockade

Pizza Village*

Windmill Café*

208 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-8463

2230 S. Princeton St., Ottawa (785) 242-4329

330 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-4515

1010 N. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-0027


China Palace

Pass the Time Café

Buzzard’s Pizza* Pizza Hut*


Fast Food Burger King


Casey’s Deli

Sandbar Subs at Zarco 66

601 E. 23rd St., Ottawa (785) 242-1057 334 N. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-6772

2214 Princeton St., Ottawa (785) 242-4451

Casey’s Deli

2518 E. Logan St., Ottawa (785) 242-8155

Casey’s Deli

1525 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-7727

1002 N. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-9709 1019 W. Seventh St., Ottawa (785) 242-8943

Dairy Queen Brazier North 212 N. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-4974

Dairy Queen Brazier South

1144 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-4506


203 E. 27th St., Ottawa (785) 242-2117

Keim Bakery

Pizza Time



902 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-6006

Subway (in Walmart)

2101 S. Princeton St., Ottawa (785) 242-4110

Taco Bell

Bar & Grill

2304 S. Princeton St., Ottawa (785) 242-9032


2310 S. Cedar St., Ottawa (785) 242-3410

Brand ’N Iron*


Smoked Creations

2340 S. Oak St., Ottawa (785) 242-3092 1457 Highway 59, Princeton (785) 937-2225

South Beach Cove*

1608 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-8888

Daylight Donuts

Italian Bella Cucina

129 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 418-5009


127 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-2988

Lounges 700 Club

Fat Daddy’s Private Lounge

Bishop’s Brew

Hurricane Sherry’s

Cheyenne Country

Lane Tavern

Chili Jacks

Pepper’s Lounge

232 Madison St., Pomona (785) 566-8459 120 E. Dundee St., Ottawa (785) 242-8920 2459 Old Highway 50, Ottawa (785) 242-1774 606 Main St., Wellsville (785) 883-2707

115 Main St., Ottawa (785) 418-9899

625 Main St., Wellsville (785) 883-2766 405 S. Kansas Ave., Lane (785) 869-2976 111 N. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-8328

Stop by the Visitor Information Center, 2011 E. Logan St., Ottawa, for menus of several area restaurants! *Serves alcohol

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Country Living

Unique Shopping Game Cycle

Brown’s Shoe Fit 208 S. Main St., Ottawa; (785) 242-6111

1534 S. Main St., Ottawa; (785) 242-2606

Name brand, fashion and shoes for the whole family.

Games, movies, collectibles and more.

Butler’s Florist

Nana’s Fudge & Stuff

530 W. 15th St., Ottawa; (785) 242-4955

113 E. 11th St., Ottawa; (785) 242-1555

Fudge, candy and other sweet treats are made fresh.

Fresh flowers, plants, gourmet and fruit baskets, gift baskets, cards, candles and message mugs.


Chris’ Corner & Brenda’s Machine Quilting

Female juniors and plus size clothing and accessories.

3593 N. Highway 59, Ottawa; (785) 242-1922

Quilting and sewing supplies, a variety of fabric styles, patterns and books. Also specializes in quilt repair and custom quilts. Classes available.

Cornerstone Books 217 S. Main St., Ottawa; (785) 242-2112

Christian-themed books and gifts, cards and a dealer of Byer’s Choice dolls.

Country Living

123 S. Main St., Ottawa; (785) 242-1465

Home and seasonal decor items, McCall’s and Yankee candle supplier, boutique clothing and accessories, Sorrento dinnerware, quilts and more.

Front Row Sports

226 S. Main St., Ottawa; (785) 242-3258

Sports apparel, name brand shoes and collegiate merchandise.

Gun Guys

412 S. Main St., Ottawa; (785) 418-0711

Firing range, hunting and shooting accessories, gun sales and trade, conceal and carry classes.


215 E. 23rd St., Ottawa; (785) 242-1370

The Pink Suitcase

312B S. Main St., Ottawa; (785) 248-6505

Clothing boutique of unique and trendy clothing items.

Prairie Rose Gifts

232 S. Main St., Ottawa; (785) 242-0005

Gift items, party supplies, collectibles and more.

Sutton’s Jewelry

207 S. Main St., Ottawa; (785) 242-3723

Jeweler for more than 60 years specializing in fine jewelry and watches, rings, customized jewelry, diamonds, gemstones, gold, stainless steel and sterling silver jewelry.

Turner Flowers & Country Store 231 S. Main St., Ottawa; (785) 242-6120

Florist and gift items, including soy candles, Woodwick Candles, pitchers, teapots, plush animals, coffee cups, greeting cards, balloons and more.

Wellsville Flowers

418 Main St., Wellsville; (785) 883-4769

Flowers, gift items and more.

Prairie Cabin Antiques & Collectibles

Antiques & More

Ottawa Antique Mall

Back to Basics

Ottawa Mercantile

3970 Tennessee Road, Ottawa (785) 883-4446 508 Main St., Wellsville (785) 883-2559

Days Past Antiques 505 Main St., Wellsville (785) 883-4355

Front Porch Antique Mall 534 N. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-6355

Main Street Antiques & Furniture 204 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-1421

Chris Corner Quilt Shop

• Custom machine quilting

• 100% high quality cotton

• Wide quilt backings

• Fabrics, patterns, books, notions and classes

• Machine quilting accessories

3593 N. Old Highway 59 Ottawa, KS (785) 242-1922

Prairie Cabin Antiques & Collectibles 230 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 214-1818

Primitive Treasures

229 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-3362

Starting Over

116 W. Third St., Ottawa (785) 248-3135

Moore Stuff

122B S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 760-4465

218 Galveston St., Princeton (785) 937-2027

Brenda s Machine Quilting

230 1/2 S. Main St., Ottawa (816) 456-8186

Market Antiques & Collectibles

505 N. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-4098

Antique Shopping

202 S. Walnut St., Ottawa (785) 242-1078

Our House Runneth Over 120 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-9900

Trading Post Antiques Windsor Cottage

502 N. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-3302

Stop by the Visitor Information Center, 2011 E. Logan St., Ottawa, for a brochure of area antique stores!

THE Indoor GUNRangeGUYS Check out our new state-of-the-art shooting range!

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9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.

Buy, Sell and Trade Specializing in quality guns at low prices Ammo, reloading, concealed carry and firearms instruction classes, gun rental available

412 S. Main St. Ottawa, KS 66067

(785) 242-1411

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Prairie Spirit Rail Trail State Park

Parks & Recreation GreatLife Golf & Fitness

Ottawa Recreation Commission

1001 E. Logan St., Ottawa (785) 242-3734;

705 W. 15th St., Ottawa (785) 242-1939;

GreatLife Golf & Fitness is a quaint 9-hole, 6,087-yard, par 71 golf course. The five sets of tees offer a challenge for golfers of all levels. Members and guests can enjoy recreation, social activity and daily specials in the bar. A fully equipped fitness center is located downtown Ottawa with 24/7 access.

The ORC is responsible for the recreational programming throughout the community. It provides youth and adult athletic leagues, operates the Don Woodward Community Center, Goppert Building and Forest Park Pool.

Disc Golf Course Kanza Park, 13th and Main streets, Ottawa (785) 242-1939;

An inexpensive alternative to regular golf is waiting for you! This 18-hole course, mostly 3 par, is for beginners and intermediate players. Innova discs, maps and score cards are available at the Ottawa Recreation Commission office, 705 W. 15th St., Ottawa.

Parks Franklin County is home to more than 15 community parks. They are home to zero-depth entry swimming pools, baseball diamonds, horse shoe pits, tennis and basketball courts, disc golf courses and other sport facilities. In addition to sports activities, there are also playground equipment for children of all ages. Gazebos and shelter houses are available for reservations for weddings, reunions and other occasions.

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Forest Park Pool 405 S. Locust St., Ottawa (785) 242-0076;

Open May through August, the Forest Park Pool is available for pool parties and offers swimming lessons for groups or individuals.

The Rink 222 E. Second St., Ottawa (785) 242-1191;

The Rink is a roller skating rink open on weekends. It also is available for birthdays and other private parties.

The Gun Guys Indoor Shooting Range 412 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 418-0711;

The 5-lane indoor shooting range uses the latest in shooting range technology. With a 25-yard distance and automatic retrieval system, it’s easy to practice at any range from 3-25 yards.

Prairie Spirit Rail Trail State Park

Pomona State Park

Ottawa to Iola (785) 448-5496; Open: Daily, dawn to dusk Admission: $3.50/daily pass; $12.15/yearly pass

The 51-mile rail trail is the first converted rail to trail in Kansas and is designated a state park. From Ottawa to Iola, bikers and walkers can view wildlife, rolling hills and fertile farm land. Special-use permits can be obtained for group night rides or special events from the trail manager. Trail restrooms are available at trail heads near Princeton, Richmond and Welda from mid-April through mid-October. The Old Depot Museum in Ottawa and Santa Fe Depot in Garnett provide restroom facilities throughout the year. Picnic areas are located at each trail head. Camping is available at North Lake Park and Veterans Memorial Park (South Lake) in Garnett. Both lakes border the trail, with camping sites with water and electricity available.

Flint Hills Nature Trail

Pomona State Park


22900 S. Highway 368, Vassar (785) 828-4933

When complete, the Flint Hills Nature Trail will be the longest rail trail in Kansas and seventh longest in the nation, spanning 117 miles. The trail runs east/west through part of Franklin County, as well as six other counties. The Flint Hills represent one of the last remaining tallgrass prairie ecosystems in the world. It is home to abundant prairie plant and wildlife species, spectacular views, national historic sites and a diverse set of recreational areas. The trail connects with the 51-mile Prairie Spirit Rail Trail in Ottawa and the 38mile Landon Nature Trail west of Pomona.

The park offers visitors a transition from prairie to eastern woodlands with plenty of well-shaded campsites and wildlife viewing. It is nestled in an area that offers historical connections to the Santa Fe Trail, as well as easy access to Franklin County. Rich history and ample services make the park a premier outdoor recreation facility. Well known by northeast Kansas residents for shady campsites and a great family atmosphere, Pomona State Park is 23 miles west of Ottawa. The 4,000-acre lake features scenic beauty, as well as an abundance of wildlife. Recreational opportunities await with three hiking trails, equestrian trails, swim beach, picnic areas, volleyball and basketball courts, playgrounds, horseshoe pits and a 9-hole disc golf course. The park also has a full service marina with boat slips to rent daily or annually.

Swim for Life

Clinton State Park

913 E. Wilson St., Ottawa (785) 214-3787

798 N. 1415 Road, Lawrence (785) 842-8562

The aquatic center has regular times for lap swims, aerobic classes and other activities.

Located 28 miles north of Ottawa, Clinton State Park meets the needs of traditional recreationalists and more. Clinton Lake offers public hunting and fishing, boating, hiking trails and equestrian trails, camping and playgrounds, along with a swimming beach and showers. Boat rental is also available. Several marinas provide gas and restroom facilities.

Ottawa to Iola Open: Daily, dawn to dusk Admission: Free.

Hillsdale State Park 26001 W. 255th St., Paola (913) 783-4507

The park offers a variety of outdoor recreation 17 miles east from Franklin County. Great lake access and fishing opportunities, along with a new marina facility, attract water-goers. RV camping and extensive equestrian and hiking trails are available.

Eisenhower State Park

29810 S. Fairlawn Road, Osage City (785) 528-4102

Flint Hills Nature Trail

Eisenhower State Park is in Osage County on the north shore of Melvern Lake. Eisenhower is 1,785 acres of rolling hills with 18 miles of trails, camping, playground, beach, horse shoe pits, sand volley ball court, frisbee disk golf, boat slip rentals, and basketball court for your family gatherings. Equestrians can explore 18 miles of horse trails and stay in equestrian campsites with corrals.

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Ottawa University Vespers

Arts & Culture Carnegie Cultural Center & Ottawa Community Arts Council 510 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-8478;

Live music, monthly art exhibits and a gift shop with local handmade products can be found at the Carnegie Cultural Center. The center houses the Suzuki Strings and the Ottawa Community Arts Council, which hosts various shows of local and visiting artists.

Ottawa Municipal Auditorium

310 S. Hickory St., Ottawa (785) 242-8810;

The Ottawa Municipal Auditorium concerts, ballets and theatrical productions for adults and children. The building also is available for rental.

Ottawa University

1001 S. Cedar St., Ottawa (785) 242-5200;

Lectures, musical performances, theater productions, special events and art exhibits are offered on campus. OU hosts productions each semester and a variety of recitals and performances by musicians and ensembles.

ACT Ottawa!

(785) 242-3535;

ACT Ottawa! is dedicated to the development of community culture by providing a venue for artists and audiences of any age to experience and enjoy quality live theater. A lively community theater, ACT Ottawa! stages four productions annually. The group welcomes those who wish to be involved in productions.


Ottawa Art Guild

A group of local artists who meet to discuss art and plan a show each year at the Carnegie Cultural Center. The guild also takes sign-ups to display art at participating businesses around Franklin County. All are welcome to join and express their art through any medium, including photography, charcoal, painting, drawing, interpretive and all other art forms.

Suzuki Strings

510 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-0242;

The Suzuki Strings is an internationally known ensemble of young violinists and cellists from 2 to 20 years old. The program is directed by violinist Alice Joy Lewis. The group plays at many area events, sponsors two summer music festivals and has a special Christmas concert.

Ottawa Suzuki Strings, Inc. Teaching Violin, viola, cello &

Providing Talent Education to students and families with the education and resources needed to nurture the whole child, Early Childhood so that each child may develop fine Education character and musical ability to the fullest potential. 501 S. Main, PO Box 99, Ottawa, KS 66067 (785) 242-0242

lessons ~ group classes ~ fiddling ~ theory

“Buttons” by Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton

Alice Joy Lewis In 2008, violinist Alice Joy Lewis was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award — the highest recognition given by the Kansas Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Lewis was the recipient of the 2007 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Educator. She founded the Ottawa Suzuki Strings in 1966. In addition to administrating the program, Lewis teaches violin and viola lessons, ensembles, group classes and directs performances.

Bill Howe

Local Artists

Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton

Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton, a native of Wellsville, began drawing in 1977 at the age of 68 when she took a drawing class at a local university. Her work dispels the myths and misconceptions of old age. She examines personally and unexpectedly painful subject matter that rejects the stereotypical image of a grandmother. Layton was struggling with bi-polar illness and profound depression when she began her drawing career. Art became more than therapy for Layton. Her drawings and writings have enriched the lives of countless others and have been exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art and in more than 200 art museums and centers throughout the United States and Europe.

Bill Howe was born June 18, 1928, in Stockton, Calif., and arrived in Ottawa in 1942. Howe took an avid interest in butterflies from his father around the age of 11. They would go on collecting trips around Mexico and the United States finding specimens. He worked in colored pencil, water color and paint to edit and illustrate books in which he transformed the butterfly from a specimen into a work of art. Howe continued to work from home until his death on Aug. 18, 2009. His paintings hang in more than 50 museums, universities and public offices.

“Kansas Mosaic” by Bill Howe

Franklin County, Kansas Administration Ambulance Community Corrections County Appraiser County Attorney County Clerk County Commission County Jail County Treasurer Emergency Management Environmental Health

785-229-3485 785-229-7300 785-229-3510 785-229-3420 785-229-8970 785-229-3410 785-229-3485 785-229-1220 785-229-3450 785-229-3505 785-229-3590

Health Department Juvenile Detention Motor Vehicle Noxious Weed Planning& Building Public Works Recycling Center Register of Deeds Sheriff’s Office Transfer Station

785-229-3530 785-229-3405 785-229-3455 785-229-3170 785-229-3570 785-229-3550 785-229-3170 785-229-3440 785-229-1200 785-242-4612

It is the mission of Franklin County to foster a better living and working environment by providing the community with beneficial, desired and essential public services in a professional, courteous and fiscally responsible manner. We stand committed to meeting the challenges of the future with integrity and excellence while proudly remembering our rich heritage.


Inco rporated 1855

For more information on Franklin County contact: Administration 785-229-3485

Ol’ Marais River Run Car Show

Events March

KOFO Home & Garden Show; (785) 242-1220

Join the local radio station to see the latest in home and garden.


Annual All-Corvette Car Show; (785) 418-6844

The annual All-Corvette Car Show in Ottawa is open to any Corvette of any year in any condition. There are no admission or registration fees, although donations are given to the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.


Spring Ottawa Outdoor Vintage Flea Market (785) 242-6355

Have a fun day pickin’ in Ottawa! Vendors will have unique antiques and vintage and primitive items at bargain prices.

Relay for Life


(785) 242-8386

This annual relay for cancer research for the cure begins on Friday night at dusk and ends Saturday morning.

Optimist Youth Day & Duck Race; (785) 242-0185

The Optimist Youth Day and Duck run is put on by the Ottawa Optimist Club. The day of kids events is free.

Suzuki Institute “Sound Encounters”; (785) 242-0242

The Ottawa Suzuki Strings hosts several events in conjunction with its youth camp. Free concerts are open to the public.


Williamsburg Jayhawker Days; (785) 746-5641

Celebrate with live country music, a street dance, hog roast, food vendors, camel rides, kids activities and more.

SWAN Arts Festival

Come for three days of fine arts, live music, children’s activities, delicious food, art demonstrations, vendors and more.


Pomona Summer in the Park; (785) 566-8805

Enjoy volleyball, basketball and softball tournaments, kiddie tractor pulls, dancing, music, kids activities and more.

Independence Day (785) 242-2676

Celebrate the Fourth of July with the annual fireworks show at Forest Park.

Richmond Free Fair (785) 835-6365

Richmond hosts its annual fair with 4-H animal judging, music, entertainment and more.

Ottawa Municipal Airport Fly-In (785) 242-5310

Come see static displays of airplanes, as well as equipment from the Ottawa fire and police departments!

Franklin County Fair & Rodeo (785) 229-3520

Held at the fairgrounds in Ottawa, this fair hosts a rodeo, music, demolition derby, 4-H animal judging, barbecue carnival and more.

Lane Agricultural Fair


Fall Ottawa Outdoor Vintage Flea Market (785) 242-1000

(785) 867-3298

This fair hosts summer fun with 4-H animal judging, music, entertainment and much more.

Have a fun day pickin’ in Ottawa! Vendors will have unique antiques and vintage and primitive items at bargain prices.

Bras Across Ol’ Marais and Tour Des’ Bras; (785) 242-2085


Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a bra hanging across the river, live entertainment and more.

Wellsville Car Show; (785) 418-2431

See the classic cruisers and new cars as they line the street to cruise the bricks in downtown Wellsville.


Veterans Day Celebration

Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Show

(785) 242-5419

This year’s 20th annual show, held the second full weekend in September, will feature John Deere tractors and engines. There are activities for kids, a daily parade of tractors, demonstrations, flea market and craft vendors.

Homemade Holidays Craft Show

Sunflowers Piecemakers Quilt Show; (785) 878-3375; (785) 418-2190; (785) 566-8811

This event showcases more than 100 quilts, both new and antique. An auction of mini quilts raises money for non-profits.

Ol’ Marais River Run Car Show

Celebrate with a parade, re-enactments and a field of flags. (785) 229-8030

Shop more than 100 booths of handmade items and crafts!

Memory Lane Lighting Display Visit the Christmas tree farm and view lighted displays. Open Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.


The Bethlehem Project

Join 2,000 cars at shady Forest Park during the third full weekend in September. The Saturday night cruise on Main Street is a highlight for many.; (785) 242-3211

Wellsville Days

Holiday Activities

Join the fun with basketball tournaments, entertainment, kids zone, petting zoo, craft vendors, car show and more!

Many Franklin County cities have parades and other activities to celebrate the holidays!

Discover the telling of the Christmas tale of Jesus’ birth with actors and live animals.; (785) 242-1411; (573) 280-8109

Ol’ Marais Chili Cook-off

20th Annual; (785) 878-3375

Come taste chili and see the pumpkin patch with all its fun.

Indian Artifact & Arrowhead Show (785) 665-7576

Bring your own artifacts and see those on display at the Appanoose Area Museum in Pomona.

Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Show John Deere tractors and engines • Horse-powered, hay baling, rock crushing, threshing and rope making demonstrations • Kiddie and garden tractor pull


Pome on the Range Fall Festival

$3 for all 3 days

• Parade of Power • Music • Craft and flea market • Food vendors • Homemade ice cream • Engines on display

September 12-14, 2014

All tractor makes and models are welcome. Exhibitors are free! Fun for the family! Kids younger than 12 are free!; (785) 746-5492

This event features apple picking, hay rides, kids fun and more.

Join us in beautiful, shady Forest Park in Ottawa, Kan.

(785) 418-2190

SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Show

Join us for a family fun filled day on the bricks of Main Street in Wellsville! Activities include a parade — cash prize for “Crowd Favorite Float — craft and fundraiser booths, food vendors, petting zoo, 5K race, kid zone — unlimited fun with purchase of armband — live music on the bricks and much more!


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Comfort Inn

Days Inn

Best Western


Knights Inn

212 East 23rd St., Ottawa (785) 242-2224

• 52 rooms • $75 to $100 • Continental breakfast • Indoor pool

1641 S. Main St., Ottawa (785) 242-4842

• Pets allowed • Meeting space and business services • Free Internet

Comfort Inn

• Fitness center • Meeting space and business services • Free Internet

Days Inn

• Pets allowed • Meeting space and business services • Free Internet



• 43 rooms • $70 to $90 • Continental breakfast • Indoor pool

• Service animals allowed • Business services • Free Internet

Orchard House Bed & Breakfast

2331 S. Cedar St., Ottawa (785) 242-3400

• 52 rooms • $75 to $100 • Continental breakfast • Outdoor pool

• Pets allowed for additional fee • Business services • Free Internet

2315 S. Oak St., Ottawa (785) 242-5551

2209 S. Princeton St., Ottawa (785) 242-7000

• 60 rooms • $50 to $90 • Continental breakfast • Outdoor pool

• 42 rooms • $50 to $90 • Continental breakfast • Outdoor pool

Super 8

2335 S. Oak St., Ottawa (785) 242-9898

• 60 rooms • $90 to $120 • Continental breakfast • Indoor pool

Best Western

• Pets allowed for additional fee • Business services • Free Internet

4574 Ohio Road, Wellsville (913) 269-3275 • Two-story arts and crafts farm house (circa 1910) • Fully restored • Three unique rooms • Home-cooked, farm-fresh breakfasts • Scenic views

The local accommodations offer much variety, as well as great group rates for traveling. If you have a group that is coming to Franklin County, call the Visitor Information Center at (785) 242-1411.

Camp Chippewa & Retreat Center

Timber Lakes Camp & Retreat Center

2577 Idaho Road, Ottawa (785) 242-6797;

Camp Chippewa is a 640-acre site nine miles west of Ottawa. The facility is open year-round and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Opportunities abound with canoeing, trail rides, fishing, horseshoes, basketball, hiking, outdoor chapel, archery and more.

Timber Lakes Camp & Retreat Center 1375 Rock Creek Road, Williamsburg (785) 242-3422;

Timber Lakes is 265 beautiful timbered acres southwest of Ottawa. It is owned and operated by the Midwest District of the Missionary Church. The camp offers an array of opportunities for groups and family members, including hiking, sand volleyball, basketball, fishing, canoeing, hayrack rides, rollerblading and more.

Retreat Centers

Homewood R.V. Park & Campground

Campgrounds H OMEWOOD R .V . P ARK

Homewood R.V. Park & Campground

55 miles southwest of Kansas City between Ottawa and Williamsburg

2161 Idaho Road, Williamsburg (785) 242-5601;

The park is open year-round with 25 full hook-up sites, as well as primitive camping. Amenities include free wireless Internet, coin-operated washer and dryer, sink and microwave for use inside the office, books to borrow, ice for sale, lounge area, clean restrooms with showers and picnic area. Guests enjoy the scenic view of rolling hills, and birdwatchers appreciate the frequent visits from cardinals, bluebirds, doves, quails, woodpeckers and more.

Open year round 25 RV sites Natural, quiet setting Easy, long pull-throughs

Pets allowed Tent camping Handicapped accessible Shower facilities Full hook-up sites

I-35 Exit 176 and 1 block north

2161 Idaho Road, Williamsburg, KS (785) 242-5601

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Franklin County Heritage Homes Tour

Self-Guided Tours Agricultural Tour

Franklin County Heritage Homes Tour

Franklin County is rich with agriculture, and it can be found in this guidebook, which will route you around the county to find a variety of fruits, vegetables, dairies and ranch operations. The location’s hours and offerings will vary throughout the year, but even a drive by these scenic locations is worth the trip.

This tour takes you by more than 40 historical homes in Franklin County. They include many George Washburn homes but also many unique homes that are added every year. The homes are compiled by a local organization, the Franklin County Heritage Homes.

Cemetery Tour At brochure at the Visitor Information Center lists the cemeteries in Franklin County, which vary in size from small to very large. A large reference also can be found at the VIC listing in detail many of the names registered at the cemeteries.

Four Corners Tour The Franklin County Historical Society and VIC have four self-driving tours available covering the northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast corners of the county. The tour covers historical events and many important sites.

Freedom’s Frontier Heritage Tour This new self-guided tour highlights the sites that kicked off the Civil War. The tour begins in Ottawa at the Old Depot Museum and stops at the Blackjack Battlefield near Baldwin City. It then follows the trail up near Lawrence to visit the Freedom Frontier headquarters at Carnegie Hall. Lastly, it heads south to Osawatomie, where the John Brown museum is located.

Franklin County Quilt Block Tour The first organized quilt block project in Kansas, these quilts cover every corner of the county. There are more than 30 dozen blocks hanging on barn and structures. The locations are mostly on paved roads but do include some on gravel.

George Washburn Historical Structures This tour contains more than 28 of George Washburn’s houses, businesses and other public structures. The booklet includes the addresses and photos from years past and today, along with a summary of the history on the location.


All the tours are free of charge but do not include admittance onto private property. Each of these tours has a brochure that is available at the Visitor Information Center or in a PDF that can be e-mailed or downloaded from our website at



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Meetings & Group Tours Meetings The Franklin County Convention & Visitors Bureau is happy to offer your organization a variety of services that assist in planning your conference or meeting. Lead Service We will supply you with a listing of area meeting facilities, lodging properties, attractions and other area providers. These properties can submit bids to the CVB for your meeting, and we will compile them for you. Site Visits The CVB can arrange site visits to the properties you are interested in hosting your meeting at. We also can offer a complimentary tour of the community. Planning Assistance The CVB will assist in planning spousal programs, area speaker referrals and options for group outings, dining and entertainment as needed. Media Contacts The CVB can send out a press release regarding your meeting in our community, or we can provide you with a listing of local and regional media.

Group Tours There are many great tour options, and we’re happy to assist with ideas for planning your visit to our community. We can help coordinate services and make the initial contacts to get you started with your arrangements. We can plan a schedule to fit your needs during your visit. Familiarization Tour Arrangements can be made for site visits prior to a planned tour. The staff will schedule appointments and guide you through each location. A step-on guide is available for tours. Tour Services Customized itineraries are available. The CVB staff can create a tour according to your group’s allotted time and interests. A knowledgeable step-on guide can be provided to share the area’s history and show our attractions.

For more information or to book your next conference, meeting or group tour, contact the CVB at (785) 242-1411 or

Welcome Address Assistance We can schedule a local dignitary to provide a welcome address to your group. Name Badges & Registration Assistance. We can provide your group with name badges and can assist with registration at your conference. Franklin County Area Welcome Materials The CVB can provide your group with welcome bags filled with local brochures, maps and special discounts to local establishments when available.

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Visitor Information Center Meeting Room

Downtown Ottawa

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel (Page 22) 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Visit the Old Depot Museum (Page 7) 11:15 a.m. to noon Visit Dietrich Cabin (Page 6) 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Lunch downtown (Pages 12-13) 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Stroll and shop historic Main Street (Pages 14-15) 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Franklin County Courthouse tour (Page 6) 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit Pome on the Range (Page 10)

Sample Itinerary KOFO

5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner and drinks at Guy and Mae’s Tavern (Page 12) 9 p.m. Overnight stay (Page 22)

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Prescription Processing Patient Counseling Diabetic Supplies Diabetic Shoes Compounding

The Staff call you by name….. The Food Entices You…. The Activities and Friendships Abound! Vintage Park Assisted Living ….

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Franklin County Map


For additional maps of Ottawa and Franklin County, stop by the Visitor Information Center, 2011 E. Logan St., Ottawa. The VIC also carries maps of Kansas and numerous other states. A kiosk outside the VIC gives 24/7 access to several maps and brochures. All maps and brochures are free to the public.

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Ottawa City Map

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Ottawa Police Department

Service Numbers Emergency

24/7 Towing Services

Fire/Police/Ambulance 911 Franklin County Drug Unit (785) 242-6900 Franklin County Emergency Medical Services (785) 229-7300 Kansas Highway Patrol Motorist Assistance (785) 296-3102 Kansas Road Conditions (800) 585-7623 or 511 Police Gas Vouchers (785) 242-1700

Andy’s Wrecker & Repair (785) 242-7249 Bell’s Wrecker (785) 242-3700 Bienie’s Body Shop (785) 242-4082 TT & T Towing (785) 242-2288

Pet Services

Cottonwood Animal Hospital (785) 242-7822 3161 K-68 Highway, Ottawa Ottawa Veterinary Hospital Non-Emergency (785) 242-3538 Franklin County Sheriff’s Office 1215 W. Seventh St., Ottawa Animal Control (785) 242-3802 (785) 242-2561 Ottawa Police Department (785) 242-2561 Transportation Ottawa Fire Department (785) 229-3700 General Public Transportation Medical (785) 242-7440 Enterprise Rent-a-Car Franklin County (785) 242-0300 Health Department Ottawa Municipal (785) 229-3530 1418 S. Main St., Suite 1, Ottawa Airport (785) 242-5310 Ransom Memorial Hospital Kansas State Travel Info 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa (800) 2-Kansas (785) 229-8200

Laundry Mats Mrs. Kleen Coin Laundry (785) 242-9839 1120 N. Main St., Ottawa

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South Main Coin Laundry (785) 242-9814 1600 S. Main St., Ottawa

Local Offices American Red Cross (785) 242-5258 Ottawa City Hall (785) 229-3600 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa Franklin County Administration (785) 229-3485 1428 S. Main St., Suite 2, Ottawa Kansas Driver’s License (785) 242-1276 225 S. Walnut St., Ottawa Frontier Extension Service (785) 229-3650 1418 S. Main St., Suite 2, Ottawa Transfer Station/Landfill (785) 242-4612 3323 Osborne Terrace, Ottawa Ottawa City Parks Division (785) 242-3653 Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce (785) 242-1000 109 E. Second St., Ottawa Ottawa Main Street Association (785) 242-2085 112 W. Second St., Ottawa Franklin County Development Council (785) 242-1000 109 E. Second St., Ottawa Wellsville Chamber of Commerce (785) 883-2462 Ottawa Post Office (785) 242-2000 401 S. Hickory St., Ottawa

WiFi/Internet Access Bella Cucina 129 S. Main St., Ottawa McDonald’s 2214 S. Princeton Circle Drive, Ottawa Ottawa Library 101 S. Hickory, Ottawa Keim Bakery 304 S. Main St., Ottawa Visitor Information Center 2011 E. Logan St., Ottawa Wendy’s 2310 S. Cedar St., Ottawa

Local Media The Ottawa Herald (785) 242-4700 KOFO Radio (1220 A.M.) (785) 242-1220

Ottawa Fire Department





Play -- OTTAWA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM Performance Facility

Performing Arts Events, Country Music Concerts, Children’s Programming Special OMA Offerings

Rental Facility

Concerts & Performances, Meetings & Programs, Receptions & Reunions Conferences & Lectures PO Box 462, 301 S. Hickory Ottawa, KS 66067 Call (785) 242-8919 for Rental Information



Plaza Cinemagic Experience AT THE


The Plaza Cinemagic Experience Will Include:

Trolley tours through the Historic Ottawa Central Business District with a stop at the memorable Old Depot Museum - see a full-size caboose there, too!

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Film-making exhibits Breathtaking 3-D and 4-D movies where you become part of the action! It’s the ultimate immersive Cinemagical experience!

The Plaza Cinema 209 South Main Street Ottawa KS 66067 785-242-5555 Watch for opening dates and make reservations at We still have First Run Movies too! Movie Line: 785-242-0777.

2014 Franklin County, Kansas, Visitor Guidebook  

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