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Marysville Aquatic Center

300 South 8th St., Marysville, KS 66508

(785) 562-2859


Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Monday-Saturday 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm|

The Marysville Aquatic Center is a family fun environment for all of your aquatic needs, featuring a
zero-entry play area, 25 meter lap lanes, diving boards and slides. The Center is ADA compliant.
Located at City Park

Lee Dam Center for Fine Art

201 South 9th St., Marysville, KS 66508

(785) 859-4260

The Marshall County Arts Cooperative manages the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art, hosting monthly art exhibitions and other arts-related events at the center.  It is available to rent for private parties
and special occasions. Frequent activities include workshops, visiting exhibits, concerts, performances and community events.


Thursday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


The building was built in 1903 and was the location of the Methodist Church until approximately 1958. The building sat empty for a few years until the Marshall County News purchased the building for storage. Eventually, Lee and Betty Dam purchased the building for their sewing machine business. When Mr. Dam passed away, Mrs. Dam donated the building to the City of Marysville with the stipulation  it be used for the arts.

After the building was donated, the Marysville Area Friends of the Arts worked hard to turn it into a cultural attraction. Donations by various groups, businesses, trusts, and individuals as well as grants, helped with the costly repair and remodeling bills. Nearly ten years ago, when the Marysville Area Friends of the Arts disbanded, the City of Marysville entered into a contract with the Marshall County Arts Cooperative to manage the building.

Historic Trails Park


From Broadway, 3/4 mile south on U.S. 77 (10th), 1 1/2 miles east then north then west (under U.S. 77,
across railroad tracks), continue north, the before going under an overpass, turn west into the park.

Eight historic trails crossed Marshall County:  Oregon Trail, Overland Trail, Pony Express route,
Military Trail, Mormon Trail, Otoe-Missouria Trail, St. Joseph-California Trail, and Pike’s Peak-California Trail.
Interpretive signs and a map explains each route.

A replica rope ferry shows what trail travelers used to cross the Big Blue River. A rope crossed the
river above the ferry, which rode a pulley back and forth. By turning the wheel, another rope would
shift the ferry into or away from the swift river current pushing the ferry across the river.

Pony Express Rider Sculpture

7th & Broadway, Marysville, KS 66508

This 1985 Richard Bergen bronze sculpture is the largest sculpture of its kind in the Midwest. It
portrays the first Pony Express rider, Jack Keetley, carrying the mail west from Marysville, which he
did on April 3, 1860, on the initial run to Sacramento, California. The plaque recounts that the Pony
Express lasted just 18 months and in the 650,000 miles that riders traveled during that time, only
one rider was killed, one rider lost, and only one schedule not completed. The sculpture was made
possible by the R.L. and Elsa Helvering Trust and dedicated by Gov. John Carlin on July 4, 1985,
the 125th anniversary celebration of the Pony Express.

Koester House Museum & Gardens

919 Broadway, Marysville, KS 66508

(785) 562-2417 or (785) 562-3101


Monday-Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tours by Appointment

Built in 1876, the Charles Koester House boasts original furnishings and 13 beautiful white statues in the gardens. Laura Ingalls Wilder described the lions and dogs guarding the gates in her journal.