Enjoy the scenic beauty, rich heritage, and abundant recreational opportunities of Marion, KS—The Town Between Two Lakes. With historic stone buildings, modern school facilities and business opportunities abounding, Marion is a great place to live, raise a family, build a business, work, play and retire.
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Local students attend school in the Marion-Florence Unified School District 408. Total enrollment for USD 408 as of 2015 is 550. Students can participate in a variety of activities including track, football and golf. Find homes in Marion by school district.
Highway US-56 runs through the north side of Marion. McPherson and El Dorado are both under 45 minutes away. Wichita and Emporia are also under an hour from Marion. Browse the newest real estate listings in Marion, KS.
The city of Marion was founded in June of 1860 when settlers in five covered wagons were told by surveyors in Emporia that there was good, virgin farmland about 60 miles to the southwest. The surveyors called it the best land in the territory.
One of the travelers in the group—George Griffith was the first to build a shanty on the site where the Santa Fe Depot stands and was also the first in Marion County to file for a homestead, doing so on August 8, 1860. The official naming of the settlement came when a post office was established in 1862. Because the settlement was located near the center of the county, the name Marion Centre seemed appropriate.
Marion has the distinction of being the oldest settlement in Marion County and boasts a population today of about 2,000 residents. Each year Marion commemorates this fact with the celebration of "Old Settlers Day".
Marion offers several restaurants including Wagon Wheel Express and Gambino’s Pizza. The community is home to several churches including the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Valley United Methodist Church and Holy Family Catholic Church. There are also a variety of historic and outdoor activities:
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