Old Jefferson Town in winter, in Oskaloosa, Kansas
  Winter in Old Jefferson Town


Founded: 1856
Population: 1074
Area Code: 785
ZIP code: 66066
Elevation: 1123 feet
Latitude: 39° 12' 55" N
Longitude: 95° 18' 45" W
School District: USD 341   

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  Oskaloosa, the county seat of Jefferson [JF] County, is located in northeastern Kansas at the intersection of US59 and K-92. The rolling wood hills around Oskaloosa provide beautiful scenery and superb hunting. Perry Lake, a few miles west of town offers camping, fishing, and boating on one of Kansas' prettiest lakes.

The weekly Oskaloosa Independent began publishing July 11, 1860. Its masthead proudly proclaims: Six Months Older Than The State Of Kansas.

  • Old Jefferson Town on highway 59 contains buildings relocated from around Jefferson County. It gives a neat view of the lives of early settlers.

  • Parker Pharmacy has a real "old time" soda fountain. Stop in for malt.


Explore Jefferson County, or visit other Kansas Cities & Towns

July 9, 2004 / Paula Ware / Oskaloosa, Kansas / pware@nekls.org

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