Old Depot Museum

Franklin County Historical Society
135 W Tecumseh St
Ottawa, Kansas 66067
(785) 242-1250

 Adults:  $3   Students:  $1
preschoolers free

Tuesday-Saturday 10-4    Sunday 1-4
(verified 1/30/09)

General store at Ottawa Old Depot Museum
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.

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 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.

model railroad at Ottawa Old Depot Museum.
Model railroad

Postcard developer and printer used by
J. B. Mueche in the 1950s.


Franklin County Historical Society website
has a great deal of information about Ottawa

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