Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of Ottawa can be found at Type in Ottawa in the Search box at the top right of the page. KU has them for 1884, 1888, 1893, 1899, 1905, and 1912.  Franklin County Historical Society has a few others.

Explore Kansas in 329 digitized maps in the Special Collections of Wichita State University Libraries at  The maps date from 1556-1900.  Click progressively on the Franklin County area, for instance, to zoom in.

Transcription of scanned newspaper article: “Island Prominent in ‘Old Mary’s’ History” by John Mark Lambertson

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