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La Crosse

Barbed Wire Capital of the World

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Founded: 1876, Population: 1427 (1990) 1,376 (2000), Elevation: 2060 ft. Located in the North Central Region of the state, in Rush County, (County Seat), northwest of Great Bend and along Highway 183 at Highway K-4, 26 mi. south of I-70. This town is situated in the midst of a large and prosperous farming and stock raising area.

Grass Park on the south side of town has the three museums as well as a marker honoring educator Howard R. Barnard. The City Park on the east side of Main Street has beautiful shelters and small buildings made from "post rock" limestone.

Special Events at La Crosse:

  • The Rush County Fair is held there in August.
  • Every May, La Crosse hosts the Barbed Wire Swap Meet. The headquarters of the Kansas Barbed Wire Collectors Association is at the Barbed Wire Museum.


Kansas Counties Rush County | Location: 120 W 1st St, LaCrosse Kansas Telephone 785-222-9900

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