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About MarysvilleMarysville, known as the “Black Squirrel City,” is one of few known spots in the country in which the black squirrel lives in the wild. The squirrels first came to the city in 1912 as part of a carnival's sideshow to entertain a group of Civil War veterans. Some local youngsters released the squirrels, which scampered from their cages to freedom in the city park, where their descendants still frolic.

Marysville was settled mainly by travelers along the Oregon Trail, seven emigrant trails and the Otoe Indian and Pony Express trails. The town was named for the wife of merchant Frank Marshall, who operated a ferry across the Big Blue River. Several emigrant parties camped near the ferry crossing 1840-60.

The state's first civilian post office was established in Marysville on Nov. 11, 1854. The town also was the home of the first state bank in Kansas. Marysville and surrounding Marshall County have several national historic landmarks, including old schools, houses and churches dating from the mid-1800s (some of these buildings are not open to the public).

A Union Pacific steam locomotive, schoolhouse, sod house and an 1870 railroad depot sit in Marysville's City Park. Three "Lifetile" murals created by artist Rufus Seder are displayed at the Pony Express Plaza at jct. N. 7th and Center sts.

Visitor Centers Marysville Chamber of Commerce 101 N. 10th St. Marysville, KS 66508. Phone:(785)562-3101 or (800)752-3965

Self-guiding ToursMaps detailing a walking tour of Marysville are available from the chamber of commerce.

Things to Do Historic Courthouse

Koester House Museum

Original Pony Express Home Station No. 1 Museum

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Marysville, KS

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