Ottawa in Franklin County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Old Depot Museum
Historic Ottawa Tour Stop 1
The Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston was the first railroad built south of the transcontinental Union Pacific which passed through Lawrence. Building the 30 miles of track to Ottawa in 1867-8 was difficult. Veterans of the UP construction, including Chinese laborers, struggled with terrible weather during the fall of 1867.
The LL&G went into receivership in 1873. The Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern Kansas Railroad emerged from LL&G's failure. The new rail line operated throughout the 1880s and built the Ottawa depot in 1888. By that time, the Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern Kansas was leasing much of its line to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. By 1895, the Santa Fe Railroad purchased the line, and in 1962, donated the depot building to the Franklin County Historical Society for use as a museum.
In 1995, the AT&SF merged with the Burlington Northern to become the Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
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The LL&G Railroad locomotive "Ottawa" is ready to carry rails and ties across a temporary bridge over the Kansas River in Lawrence. Image taken by Alexander Gardner, a famous Civil War photographer.
A free pass for the Honorable D.M. Valentine, Associate Justice of Kansas Supreme Court, highlights the LL&G's reputation for corruption - it was nicknamed the
George P. Washburn, architect of the Ottawa depot and fifteen county courthouses. He began his career by supervising the construction of Union depots in Kansas City, Atchison, Denver and Peoria, Illinois.
Sam Campbell, first AT&SF agent at the Ottawa depot.
From the LL&G through the SK and the AF&SF, railroad shops were located in Ottawa, just northwest of the depot. Railroad cars were manufactured and locomotives were serviced with a roundhouse and turntable.
Erected by Franklin County Historical Society and the Franklin County Convention & Tourism Bureau.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway marker series.
Location. 38° 37.217′ N, 95° 16.201′ W. Marker is in Ottawa, Kansas, in Franklin County. Marker is on Tecumseh Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker and Old Depot Museum are about 400 feet west of the intersection of Tecumseh and Main Streets. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 West Tecumseh Street, Ottawa KS 66067, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance Old Depot Museum (a few steps from this marker); 1951 Marais des Cygnes Flood High-Water Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Marais de Cygnes River (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Company K, 20th Regiment Kansas Volunteers (about 700 feet away); Main Street, 200 Block South (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shepherd & McQuesten Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pickrell Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Down Town Ottawa Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ottawa.
Also see . . .
1. Old Depot Museum. (Submitted on December 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. 1947 Henderson Article, "The Building of the First Kansas Railroad South of the Kaw River". (Submitted on December 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Prairie Spirit Rail-Trail. (Submitted on December 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. Old Santa Fe Railroad Depot National Register Nomination. (Submitted on December 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.