Russell is located approximately 60 miles west of Salina, 35 miles north of Great Bend, and 25 miles east of Hays. Along Interstate 70, Russell is the half-way point between, Denver, Colorado and Kansas City, Kansas. Russell has excellent transportation facilities provided by Highway 40, 281 and Interstate 70. Rail service is provided by Union Pacific Railroads, and the City maintains a modern airport with a 5,500 ft. concrete surfaced and lighted runway, taxiway and parking apron. a system, approximately 55 miles of paved streets, a library, the Deines Cultural Center and 160 acres of city parks, which includes the Municipal Golf Course, Memorial Park Complex, and Duke Johnson Swimming Pool. For more information about area events and activities, visit the Russell Area Chamber of Commerce website.
Wilson Lake is an oasis in the dry prairies of Western Kansas. The waters which flow into Wilson Lake have many unique properties because of the limestone through which they flow.
The lake has high salt content which allows it to support some types of fish, such as the striped bass, which are native to the ocean. Limestone also filters the waters, making Wilson the clearest lake in Kansas, and a great location for scuba diving and other water sports.
A more relaxing venture can be had via the Bur Oak Nature Trail located below the dam at Lake Wilson. A short, 3/4 mile nature trail, walkers and hikers alike will find this an enjoyable opportunity. Information about the surrounding ecosystem us provided.
There is also a 4 mile mountain biking trail loop that winds its way over the hills surrounding the Wilson Lake area. The hills provide good climbs and hair-raising descents. The trail is rated intermediate level and includes sections.
The Russell County Free Fair has great rides, music, food, and motor sports; its the best week of summer. If you are a life long resident of the area or just traveling through stop in to see the sights and join the fun. This annual event is held the last week of July.View Website
Russell’s original one-screen theatre built in 1923 has been restored and shows movies every weekend and some weekdays. It has recently been updated with 3-D capabilities.View Website
The story of the people and events that make up the history of oil in this area will come alive at the Oil Patch Museum in Russell. Walk through an actual oil storage tank and study the geology, drilling and production and transportation exhibits. Located just North of Interstate 70 at the 184 exit. Summer hours are June 1-Aug. 31, Mon.-Sun., 4:00-8:00pm, and by appointment year around by calling 483-3637 or 483-4796.View Website
Granny Mae's offers an old-fashioned fall festival atmosphere with hayrack rides, bonfires, marshmallow roasts, and live music. Located in rural Russell County this family farm was purchased by the Herber's in 1942 and remains in the family today. Open every weekend from the end of September till the end of October.View Website
Samuel Perry Dinsmoor, a retired schoolteacher, Civil War veteran, farmer and Populist politician, began building the Garden of Eden and Cabin Home in 1907 at the age of 64. For 22 years he fashioned 113 tons (2,273 sacks) of cement and many tons of limestone into his unique "log" cabin with its surrounding sculptures. The Garden of Eden is located in Lucas, KansasView Website
This imposing building was constructed of native limestone or "post rock" to house the sheriff and county jail in 1907. Today the museum displays portray the early history of Russell County. View 100 years of Clothing, Heartland Politics, Russell County Goes to War, and the Painless Puller Palace during a visit to the Fossil Station Museum. Summer hours are Monday - Saturday 11:00 am till 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.View Website
Dorrance is located in the eastern part of Russell County and is a rural farming community. In June of 1867, the Kansas Pacific Railroad tracks reached Dorrance, bringing German, English, Irish, and other immigrants, who had accounted for much of the town's modest growth by 1870. A prairie fire almost destroyed the entire business district of Dorrance on March 27, 1879. The town was named after a Mr. Dorrance, who was the railroad superintendent at that time.View Website
Located in Russell, Kansas, the Deines Cultural Center is a non-profit educational resource that enriches local cultural life by providing artistic exhibits and activities, musical events and concerts, educational and historic programs. Free admission and accessibility to those with disabilities. Open Tuesday through Sunday.View Website
718 N. Main, Russell
Specialty coffees and drinks, sandwiches, ice cream
1410 S. Fossil, Russell
Daily buffet, pizza, sandwiches, pasta and cold beer
510 S. Front St., Russell
Homemade food, made fresh daily
51 S. Fossil, Russell
Fried chicken, smoked pork and ribs, deli items, salads and desserts.
3721 183rd St., Russell
A peaceful country retreat. Reservations required.
1200 S. Fossil, Russell
Daily buffet, menu, lounge, & great steaks just the way you want them!
414 26th St., Wilson, KS
Fine dining as well as Midwest meals. Drummers Tavern also serves food and drinks.
407 S. Fossil, Russell
Day and evening buffets including traditional Chinese menu items along with American food. Take out available.
719 N. Main, Russell
Noon buffet, daily food and drink specials, a large variety of appetizers.