Things To Do & See In North Central Kansas
This post is part of a series of 12 posts featuring attractions from natural wonders to man made oddities and just about everything in-between; all of which you can find in North Central Kansas.
A quick 15 mile drive east of Alton, Kansas on US-24 is the county seat of Osborne County; Osborne, Kansas.
Selected by the first county commissioners in the fall of 1871 to be the site for the county seat Osborne is home to the county hospital, county jail, the 2000 Osborne county veterans memorial, the 1929 pioneers memorial, and the county courthouse.
The Osborne county courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This century-old courthouse was a 2008 finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture. It stands as a prime example of a Richardsonian Romanesque courthouse style. Carved into the south face of the clock tower is the likeness of John Wineland and early settler to the area. Wineland came every day to oversee the construction and irritated the stone masons enough that they carved his face into the rock.
Many other carvings appear on the building including: The Lion which represents the qualities of masculinity, strength, watchfulness, and courage and Medusa which represents femininity, wisdom, life cycle and mortality.
Counties in North Central Kansas include: Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Osborne, Republic, Russell, Saline, Smith, and Washington – These posts represent just a small sampling of what you can find in our part of the state; if you have visited our area please feel free to comment on the amazing wonders of Kansas that you have experienced.