The two-story passenger depot built in 1888, today serves as a museum. Exhibits include a model railroad layout; displays tracing the life of famed abolitionist John Brown; Silkville, the utopian community created to raise silkworms; a Victorian parlor, general store, military room and more. The Old Depot Museum contains 12 rooms of exhibits and artifacts from Franklin County’s past.
Admission: Adults: $3, Students: $1, Preschoolers: Free. Admission is free the second Sunday of each month.
The Old Depot Museum also serves as the northern-most trailhead of the Prairie Spirit Trail. Heading south, then trail crosses the Marais de Cygnes River and joins with South Walnut Street for several blocks. Traffic is light here as Main Street is one block to the east. The trail itself reappears at 7th Street for a leisurely ride to Kanza Park.
Address: 135 West Tecumseh Street, Ottawa, KS 66067-2009 [ MAP ]
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 4pm, Friday: 9am - 7pm, Sunday: 1pm - 4pm
Distance From Trail: On the Trail
Web Site: olddepotmuseum.org