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Attractions and Recreation

Russell county has several opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Wilson State Park and Reservoir offers camping, cabins, wildlife watching, boating, fishing, biking, hiking and swimming. There are also several opportunities for hunting in the area and two local golf courses, Russell Municipal Golf Course and Luray Golf Course. A municipal swimming pool, Frisbee golf, biking and hiking trails are also available in Russell for those that want to enjoy the great outdoors.

For those interested in museums, Russell county has many options. Garden of Eden, located in Lucas, is a museum with a collection of religious, political and other figures in various settings, sculpted from cement by Samuel P. Dinsmoor. Also in Lucas is the Grassroots Art Center. This arts center promotes and exhibits many different types of grassroots and folk art from around the region. 

Located in Russell, the Deines Cultural Center promotes artistic exhibits and activities as well as musical events and concerts with free admission. Also in Russell, the Fossil Station Museum displays historical artifacts from Russell county residents from the mid 1800’s to the present.  And you don’t want to miss the Oil Patch Museum which depicts the history of oil in the Russell county area. Russell is also very proud of its veterans and helps recognize them with the Veteran’s Memorial. This memorial bears the names of those that served in WWI, WWII, the Korean and Vietnam wars.

While traveling through Russell county, make sure to take the Post Rock Scenic Byway. Wander along this 18 mile stretch of highway and you’ll encounter prairie grasses and post rock fence posts that transformed this open land to productive farms.

Key Employers
Great Plains
Russell Regional Hospital 
White Energy
Primary Industries
Oil Production
K-12 School Districts
Russell County Schools USD No. 407
Lucas-Sylvan Unified USD No. 299
Natoma USD No. 399
USD No. 328

Colleges and Technical Schools
Barton County Community College outreach classes

Advantage Realty 
Lois Cooper

Russell Regional Hospital
Ellsworth Clinic 
Clara Barton Clinic

Contact Information
Russell County Economic Development and CVB
Janae Talbott, Executive Director
331 E. Wichita
Russell, Kan. 67665
(785) 483-4000

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