DescriptionAt the confluence of the Verdigris and Fall rivers, Neodesha (Osage for “meeting of the waters”) was a refining center for the area's oil fields. The town now serves as a manufacturing and agricultural center for the region.
Near the town is the grave of Little Bear, one of the great Osage chiefs. According to local legend, Native Americans returning to pay homage to their chief found the grave robbed. Angered, they prepared to pillage the white settlement of Neodesha; however, one of the town's doctors pacified them by giving them a skeleton from his office—claiming it was the body of Little Bear.
Norman No. 1, jct. First and Main sts., marks the spot where the first successful commercial oil well west of the Mississippi River was drilled in 1892. The rig, now replaced with a replica, was the first to tap the rich Mid-Continental Field, which reached as far as Texas. A museum open by appointment chronicles related history and the well is open daily dawn-dusk; phone (620) 325-5316, or (620) 325-2055 for the chamber of commerce.
Visitor InfoNeodesha Chamber of Commerce 100 S. First St. NEODESHA, KS 66757. Phone:(620)325-2055