Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce Community Guide 2022

Ottawa City Hall: (785) 229-3600 • Ottawa serves as the seat of Franklin County and boasts a charming downtown full of unique stores and restaurants. The city hosts a number of major events throughout the year, drawing thousands of visitors. Lane City Hall: (785) 869-2600 Lane is in the southeast corner of the county and was named in 1863 for Senator James Henry Lane, a leader of the Jayhawker abolitionist movement and one of the first senators from Kansas. The town’s history is most associated with the night of May 24, 1856, when John Brown and his men murdered five pro-slavery men near Dutch Henry’s Crossing, known today as the Pottawatomie Creek Massacre. Princeton City Hall: (785) 937-4103 Princeton is south of Ottawa on U.S. 59 and was established in 1869 as a siding of the Lawrence, Leavenworth & Galveston Railroad. A business district has developed along U.S. 59. Rantoul City Hall: (785) 878-3475 Rantoul is southeast of Ottawa. The post office was given the name “Rantoul” in 1859 in honor of Robert Rantoul, a Massachusetts legislator and active abolitionist. Much “Bleeding Kansas” history can be found in this area. Richmond City Hall: (785) 835-6425 Richmond is 16 miles south of Ottawa on U.S. 59. John Richmond, an agent for the railroad, donated 40 acres for the building of a town-site in 1870. Williamsburg City Hall: (785) 746-5578 Williamsburg is in the southwest part of the county along Old Highway 50 and I-35 and was established as a railroad town in 1868. William Schofield and James F. Dane platted the town, and Schofield promoted a railroad, the Kansas City, Burlington & Santa Fe, which ran from Ottawa to Williamsburg. The city is home to Guy & Mae’s Tavern, a well-recognized barbecue restaurant. Pomona City Hall: (785) 556-3851 • Pomona is nine miles west of Ottawa. John Whetstone purchased 12,000-15,000 acres of land on what had been the Sac and Fox Indian reservation and founded the city of Pomona in 1869. Wellsville City Hall: (785) 883-2296 • Wellsville, located in the northeast corner of Franklin County, was once known as the “English Blue Grass Capital” of the world for its production of grass seed. The community was once part of the land ceded to and then reacquired from the Shawnee Indians. The town is famous for such people as Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton and country singer Chely Wright. 24 OTTAWA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE COMMUNITY PROFILES