Neosho River Overflow Dam and Falls
Riverside Park in Oswego, Kansas is a 90 acre park along a bluff which overlooks the historic Neosho Crossing for "the old Indian trail" between Missouri and the Osage buffalo hunting grounds in central Oklahoma. The crossing was above the present dam and falls.
The land along the bluff was purchased for the park in about 1885 by a group of local women who raised the money to pay for it by conducting food sales and ice cream socials. Many of the structures in the current park were built as a WPA project during the Great Depression. Riverside Park includes the Labette County fairgrounds, Camp Siesta RV Park, swimming pool, ball fields, a 10,000 square foot community center, shelters, gardens, tennis courts, and an observation point with spectacular views of the Neosho River Valley from the 100' bluff. The Labette County Fair begins on the last Monday in July each year.
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