Ottawa Railroad Depot - Ottawa, Kansas
The Ottawa Railroad Depot in Ottawa, Kansas was constructed in 1888 and served as the Division Headquarters of the Kansas City, Lawrence, and Southern Kansas Railway. Southern was a subsidiary of the Santa Fe Railway and they later merged. The depot was given to the the Franklin County Historical Society in 1962 when the Santa Fe moved into a new depot. The museum opened to the public on July 4, 1963.
I wish the Old Depot Museum had focused on the railroad history, but other than a model railroad layout, it has gone more the direction of historical museums across the state, with recreations of a schoolroom, general store, dentist's office and Victorian parlor, plus native American displays and miscellaneous military items.
One of the highlights of the Old Depot Museum is a display relating to this region of Bleeding Kansas and abolitionist John Brown.
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