Marquette Things to Do
On the side of one building downtown you can see this outline of Kansas with images from Marquette.
Town murals have become something of a tradition in Kansas and it's always worth asking a local if they can point one out for you.
The town was founded in 1874 by Swedish immigrants, who had also settled nearby Lindsborg. Like Lindsborg the town fathers wanted a colourful centrepiece to their town.
The entire downtown of Marquette has been designated a Kansas Historic Site. You can visit local establishments like Olson Furniture or the City Sundries drugstore which have been in business for over 100 years!
This unique building at the north end of downtown was built in 1910, a few years after a disastrous tornado tore through the town.
After serving as a library and post office for the town it now houses the Marquette Historical Museum, with many interesting items from pioneer life.
Elsewhere in town you will find the one-room Range Schoolhouse (built 1906) and a new motorcycle museum which was being kitted out the day I visited.
Step inside and step a century back in history. A photo on the wall inside dating from 1910 shows the exact same glass display cases, tiled floor, stained glass soda fountain and even the same tables and chairs!
In addition to food and refreshments they sell greeting cards, gifts, T-shirts...and medicine, just like any other old-fashioned drugstore and soda fountain.
Upstairs at the back is a pool table, which I hope doesn't get any kids in trouble (that starts with a T and that rhymes with P and that stands for POOL!).
Favorite Dish: The hostess will make sandwiches to order. The sweet treats on offer at the soda fountain include cherry phosphates, Green Rivers, root beer floats and malts.
If you fancy a stiff drink you can always saunter across the street to the Horses and Hawgs Saloon! Yeehaw!