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History of Osage City

The following is taken from William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, which was first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL. It provides a view of Osage City as it existed 120 years ago. The pictures are provided courtesy of the City of Osage City and the history archives at Wichita State University.

Osage City is the metropolis of Osage County, and is pleasantly situated on the level valley lands, on the north side of Salt Creek. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad passes through the central part of the city from northeast to southwest.
 
The population of the town within its corporate limits is about 2,500, but adjoining are several tracts, laid off in lots, and occupied by residences, which, though outside the corporation, properly belong to the town, and will swell the population to fully 3,400. Read more about the history of Osage City.