Community Resources

Whether you’re from 50 miles away, 500 or 5,000, we want you and your family to feel comfortable with Ottawa, Kansas. The list below includes community resources for your reference.

The Franklin County Visitors Center is a great resource for a variety of events, restaurants, lodging, attractions and more information. You can access their website by clicking here.


Some students choose to open checking and/or savings accounts with local banks. Some banks offer accounts with options such as ATM cards, no minimum balance requirements and no monthly fees. Additionally, the Mowbray Union lobby has a Peoples National Bank ATM. Encourage your student to research each bank to find which best suits his or her needs.

Location Phone Website
Arvest Bank 785-242-2420
Bank of the West 785-242-2804
Garnett State Savings Bank 785-242-6777
Great Southern Bank 785-242-1400
Kansas State Bank 785-242-3600
Peoples Bank 785-242-2900


Ottawa offers a number of accommodations should you decide to make an overnight visit. For information on prices, accessibility and special facilities, please contact the establishment directly. It is recommended that you make your reservations early for busy times such as Fall Family Weekend, Homecoming and Commencement.

Location Phone Website
Best Western 785-242-2224
Comfort Inn 785-242-9898
Days Inn 785-242-7000
Econo Lodge 785-242-3400
Knights Inn 785-242-4842
Super 8 785-242-5551


Old Depot Museum 100 W. Tecumseh
The Old Depot Museum, a two-story passenger depot built in 1888 and renovated in 1999, contains exhibits on John Brown, Victorian life in Ottawa and various traveling exhibits.

Dietrich Cabin City Park, 5th and Main
The cabin dates from 1859 and was built by John and Catherine Dietrich, one of the county’s first pioneer families. The building was relocated to the city park to serve as a pioneer memorial.

Franklin County Courthouse 3rd and Main
Built in 1893 by George P. Washburn, the structure is one of the last Washburn-designed courthouses in the state.

Downtown Ottawa 200 Main Street
The entire 200 block of Main Street has the distinction of being the only downtown block in Kansas listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


For birthdays, get-well wishes or just because, flowers remind your OU student that someone is thinking about him/her. Area florists that deliver to the Ottawa University campus include:

Location Phone Website
Butler's Florist 785-242-4955

Turner Flowers & Country Store