Old Depot Museum

135 West Tecumseh Street, Ottawa, KS 66067 - United States



Built in 1888, the Old Depot Museum originally served as a passenger depot for the Southern Kansas Railroad. It was donated to the Franklin County Historical Society by the AT&SF railroad in 1962. Today the museum celebrates local railroad history as well as the history of Franklin County, Kansas.


Permanent exhibits include an immersive exhibit on Franklin County's most notorious event, John Brown's Pottawatomie Massacre; the residential Chautauqua that graced Forest Park from 1884 to 1914; an HO model railroad showcasing downtown Ottawa in 1951; exaggerated postcard photographer William H. "Dad" Martin; a 1940s Santa Fe Railroad caboose, and period rooms featuring a general store, farm kitchen, Victorian parlor and one-room schoolhouse.

A special exhibit featuring secret societies in Franklin County will be on display on September 24.


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