Marshall County

Marshall County Kansas

Established in 1855, Marshall County is one of the original 36 counties of Kansas. It is named after Frank J. Marshall an early settler who operated the first ferry over the Big Blue River and was also a state representative. The county seat is Marysville, Kansas.

Marshall County Attractions and Events:

  • 9th Street Steps--9th and Carolina, Marysville, Kansas. This retaining wall and stairs was build in 1934 as a WPA project. It is known as "The Wall" and is several stories high.
  • Marshall County Courthouse--1207 Broadway, Marysville, Kansas. Built in 1891 this historic building is now maintained by the Marshall County Historical Society and is open for tours.
  • Pony Express Barn--106 s. 8th Street, Marysville, Kansas. The original Pony barn at Home Station No. 1 on the Pony Express Route. It was built by Joseph Cottrell in 1859 and leased to the Pony Express in 1860. It is open April through October on Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Koester House Museum--919 Broadway, Marysville, Kansas. This historic home was built in 1876 and is one of the historic museums in Marysville.
  • Historic Koester Block--10th and Broadway, Maryville, Kansas. Listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places this part of Maryville features buildings built in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
  • Hutchinson House--Built in 1872. It is located West of Marysville on Highway 36 and then north on Highway 77 for 1/2 mile.
  • Historic Trails Park--Located not far from the site of an early river crossing this park features a full sized replica of a rope ferry.
  • Marysville High School--Built as part of a WPA project in 1939, this Art Nouveau style building is still used today. Located at 12th and Walnut in Marysville, Kansas.
  • Marysville High School Football Stadium--Another WPA project this stadium was completed in 1936 and is still used today.
  • Marshall County Veterans Memorial--Marysville, Kansas.
  • Pony Express Plaza--Features the Bronze Pony Express Horse and Rider statue as well as two interactive Lifetiles Murals.
  • Blue River Trail--8th Street and Jayhawk Road in Marysville. This 7.2 mile walking trail follows the former right-of-way of the Union Pacific Railroad. 
  • Black Squirrels of Marysville--Marysville is called "Black Squirrel City" and the Black Squirrels are the official town mascot of Marysville. The city park is one of the best places to see one of these local icons.
  • Alcove Springs--This landmark was an important stop and camping spot on the Oregon Trail. It is located 6 miles south of Marysville on the East River Road.
  • Round Town Square--Located in Blue Rapids this is the only round town square in Kansas and one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas Finalists.
  • Rowe Round Barn--This red barn and the home by it were pre-cut buildings ordered from Sears Roebuck in 1914. Located off of Osage Road and 6th Road. 
  • Drennan-Stupe Round Barn--Built in 1911 this barn is still in use today and is located east of Blue Rapids.
  • Anderson Limestone Barn--Three story limestone barn built around 1901. Located southwest of Frankfort, Kansas.
  • Osborn Barn. Built in 1870 by Andrew Osborn for his race horses this two story limestone barn is also located southwest of Frankfort, Kansas.
  • Twin Mounds--Located in south central Marshall County these mounds were used by both Native Americans and the westward bound pioneers.

Historic Trails--Seven pioneer trails crossed through Marshall County.

  1. Oregon and California Trail
  2. Mormon Trail
  3. St. Joe branch of the California Trail
  4. Overland Stagecoach route
  5. Pony Express Route
  6. Military Road from Fort Leavenworth to For Kearny
  7. Ote-Missouria Trail

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