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Pioneer Log Cabin

Pioneer Log Cabin
City Park • Manhattan, KS
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Hours of Operation:
April - October: Sundays 2:00pm - 5:00pm
And by appointment: (785) 565-6490
Admission Free, Donations accepted
The Riley County Historical Society was organized in 1914, and the log cabin was its first major project. Many of the Society's original members helped to settle Riley County in the 1850s and 1860s. The cabin was built to help preserve that experience. It was constructed by volunteers on its present site in City Park from donated materials, including locally grown walnut logs.

On October 2, 1915, the cornerstone for the pioneer log cabin was laid. The stone came from the first building constructed at Kansas State Agriculture College. A box of historical papers was placed in the foundation at that time. The cabin was originally built to show the type of home that housed the early settlers of Riley County. It features features historic farming tools and household goods of the pioneer period.

The cabin was the first and only museum of the Riley County Historical Society until 1956, when a larger space was provided in the basement of the City Hall building. In 1976 the museum was moved to a new building at 2309 Claflin Road. The cabin and its exhibits are still a reminder of life during the first years of Riley County.

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2309 Claflin Rd., Manhattan, KS • Phone: (785) 565-6490 • Fax: (785) 565-6491 •
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