Osborn Visit


Osborn Visit

This being the third week of September, I once again confirmed why Fall is my favorite Kansas season.  With mild temperatures, no humidity, and gentle breezes, the weather is much more predictable than spring. Green wheat, auburn milo, shades of green and yellow soy beans, and a smattering of Cottonwood trees along the river banks starting to turn yellows, the landscape is brilliant in earth-tone colors. Even the poison ivy, with its leaves a brilliant orange-red add to the Kansas landscape.  Dry land corn is on its way to the many grain bins and train cars that await the bountiful fall harvest.

Red tail hawks have gathered in large numbers. The meadowlarks sing their song 'till late in the morning; the Black Angus herds, both moms and half grown babies dot rich Prairies that have made our state so very proud.

Was this bountiful plain really once called a "great desert" by early explorers?

Osborn History:
During the Civil war, the Kansas legislature ordered the survey of the western two-thirds of the state.  As the survey crew, accompanied by troops from Ft. Riley, made its way down the south fork of the Solomon River, they encountered hostile Native Americans who had hunted the rich river wildlife of buffalo, beaver, antelope, and elk for centuries.  The Native Americans objected to the decimation of the game, and the plowing under of the rich grasslands.  Thus, hostility broke out and the survey was halted until 1866.

Eventually, this county and later the county seat (1871) was settled and named for another Civil War veteran, Vincent B. Osborne, who lost his leg in a battle in 1865 at Joy's Ford along the Arkansas River.
Settlers from southwest Pennsylvania founded Osborne city.

The Rotary club of Osborne is probably most noted for their opening day (pheasants) hunters breakfast, as well as numerous scholarships for local students.

The Rotary club here has three Paul Harris fellows.

Another beautiful day in Paradise.