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Southeastern Kansas

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Southeastern Kansas

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Southeastern Kansas is a region in Kansas.


Other destinations[edit]



Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

One can enter southeast Kansas via the following US Highways:

  • US 75, which runs north-south through Independence and Neodesha.
  • US 166, which runs east-west through Independence and Coffeyville
  • US 169, which runs north-south through Coffeyville and near Cherryvale and Chanute.

By Plane[edit]

  • Chanute Martin Johnson Airport (CNU) is a general aviation airport.
  • Coffeyville Municipal Airport (CFV) is a general aviation airport.
  • Independence Municipal Airport (IDP) is a general aviation airport.
  • Tulsa International Airport (TUL) is approximately 90 miles south of the Oklahoma/Kansas border.

Get around[edit]

Driving is the best way to get around in this region.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Brown Mansion, located on US 169 in Coffeyville. Brown Mansion is an elegant early 1900s mansion with original furnishings, wall coverings, and floor coverings. Adult tours are $5, $2 for children ages 13-18, $1 for children ages 7-12, and children 6 and younger get in free. Arrange a tour by calling the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce, 620-251-2550.
  • Chanute Art Gallery 7 North Lincoln, Chanute, KS 66720. Phone: (620) 431-7807 Fax: (620) 431-4643. [2] Core art collection of 600 pieces as well as special monthly exhibits.
  • Dalton Defenders Museum 113 East 8th St., Coffeyville, KS. The notorious Dalton Gang met their end in Coffeyville in 1892. The Dalton Defenders Museum contains guns and saddles taken from the gang, pictures of the raid, and other memorabilia. $3 for adults, $2 for children ages 13-18, and children under 13 get in free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce, 620-251-2550.
  • Elmwood Cemetery, near the intersection of Eldridge and US 169 in Coffeyville. Three members of the Dalton Gang are buried here.
  • General Funston Boyhood Home and Museum, located on the Iola square next to the Allen County Museum. [3] Displays articles from's youth as well as his career in the Spanish-American War and Phillipine-American War. Open 12:30-4:30 PM, Tuesday through Saturday from May 1 to September 30. Open from 2 PM to 4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday during the rest of the year.
  • The Little House on the Prairie [4] 13 miles southwest of Independence, just off US 75. Follow the green and white historical markers. Phone: 620-289-4238. Replica of the house Laura Ingalls Wilder's family lived in during her book "Little House on the Prairie." Believed to be on the site where the Ingalls family's house stood. Also the site of a restored one-room schoolhouse and turn of the century post office. Open from March 18 to October 31. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 PM to 5 PM and Sundays 1 PM to 5 PM. Admission by donation.
  • Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum [5] 111 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chanute, KS, 66720. Phone: (620) 431-2730. Named for Martin and Osa Johnson, a Chanute couple who spent years studying the wildlife and people in East and Central Africa, the South Pacific Islands and British North Borneo. The museum houses their photographs, films, letters, and other memorabilia. Additionally, it has a collection of Central and West African artifacts, a library, and a theater where visitors can watch the Johnsons' films. Admission: Adults $4; Seniors & Students aged 13 to college $3; Students aged 6-12 $2; and Children under age 6 free with an adult. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. Closed holidays.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Big Hill Lake 5 miles east of Cherryvale on Road 19000. [6] Big Hill is a trophy fishing lake and also has equestrian trails, campgrounds, swimming areas, and places to birdwatch.
  • Buster Keaton Celebration held annualy in Iola. Keaton is a native of Piqua, KS, seven miles west of Iola. On the last weekend of September, the community celebrates his life viewings of his films, talks from experts, and workshops. Admission is free.
  • Cherry Blossom Festival is held annually in Cherryvale. It features a custom car show, antique tractors, and arts and crafts booths. The most recent festival occurred May 13, 2006, from 9 AM to 6 PM. [7]
  • Dalton Defenders Days are held annually in Coffeyville. This is a celebration of Marshal C.T. Connelly, George Cubine, Charles Brown and Lucius Baldwin, the four men who lost their lives defending the town against the Dalton Gang. The town will hold a re-enactment of the gunfight and display artifacts from the raid. Other events include a car show, a guitar pickin' session, and arts and crafts booths. The next Dalton Defenders Days will be held from October 6-7, 2006. [8]
  • Elk City State Park 4825 Squaw Creek Road Independence, KS 67301 Phone: (620) 331-6295 [9] Has opportunities for boating, fishing, bird watching, and swimming as well as a system of hiking trails.
  • Farm City Days held on the third weekend of October in Iola. Four days of a carnival, plus a parade, crafts show, quilt show, car show, and entertainment for all ages. [10]
  • Prairie Days Festival is held annually at the Little House on the Prairie [11] (see website for directions). This year's festival will be held on June 10, 2006 from 9 AM to 3 PM and will include 1870s crafts, a fishing derby, character contests, music, and food.
  • Vivian Vance Day is held annually in Cherryvale. Vance, a native of Cherryvale, is best known for her portrayl of Ethel Mertz on "I Love Lucy." In 2006, Cherryvale celebrated Vivian Vance Day in conjunction with the Cherry Blossom Festival. [12]
  • Colonial Fox Theatre, 409 N Broadway Street, 620-235-0622, [1]. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F. The Colonial Fox Theatre, located in Pittsburg's historic downtown district, was built in 1920 and is the last remaining single-screen cinema from the movie palace era in Pittsburg. Listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, this unique Italian Renaissance and Art Deco style theatre is a must-tour destination! Currently under renovation. Private tour requests and special events can be found online.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The County Seat, 19 West Madison Iola, KS. Phone: (620) 365-8024.
  • Jack and Patti's Diner/Catering 111 W 9th St. Coffeyville, KS Phone: (620) 251-8255
  • Pig Stand BBQ 1301 E 8th St. Coffeyville, KS. Phone: (620) 251-6721
  • Shirley's Sunshine Cafe, '324 West Garfield Iola, KS. Phone: (620)365-6067

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Bricktown Lodge 605 Northeast - Highways 166 & 169, Coffeyville. Phone: (620) 251-3700.
  • Americas Best Value Inn 1315 North State, Iola Phone:(620) 365-5161
  • Bowser's Bed & Breakfast [13] 612 Elm Street, Coffeyville. Phone: (800) 627-4341 or (620) 251-0933. E-mail: [email protected]
  • Crossroads Motel 14 North State, Iola Phone: (620) 365-2183
  • Hedgeapple Acres 4430 US 54 Hwy, Iola. Phone: (620) 237-4646
  • Northrup House 318 East Street Bed and breakfast. Phone: 620-365-7222
  • Super 8 Motel 200 Bill's Way, Iola. Jct. US 54 and 169 hwys Phone: (620)365-3030

Stay safe[edit]

Kansas is part of Tornado Alley. Tornadoes are most common in late spring and early summer. If you plan to visit any part of Kansas, you should brush up on Tornado safety.

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