Russell Springs, Kansas

Where the Past Meets the Present

Come visit historical western Kansas and experience the rustic charm of the Logan House located in Russell Springs along the “Western Vistas Historic Byway.” The historical Logan House was built in 1887 to help establish the incorporated town of Russell Springs and to house the construction workers building the courthouse. The eight room hotel is the perfect venue for family reunions, birthday parties, women’s gatherings (quilters, crafters, scrap bookers), or those wanting to remember what the simple life was like in a small, turn of the century Midwestern town. In the fall, hunters needing lodging will enjoy the ambience of the western décor. The hotel has eight decorated bedrooms, four with queen beds and four with double beds. There are two couches in the family room, one being a queen size hide-a-bed. There’s adequate floor space for those wanting to set up air mattress beds. There are two full bathrooms on the main floor and a full bathroom upstairs. The kitchen area has a glass top electric range, two refrigerators, a microwave, and many small appliances. Dishes, cookware, serving dishes, baking dishes, and other kitchen supplies are available for guest use. One regular guest described the hotel as a Bed and Breakfast. “You make your own bed and cook your own breakfast.” The front door opens to a large sitting room with a table for board games, jigsaw puzzles, and the social graces of visiting. Off the dining room is a large family room with an HD TV with Roku and Amazon Prime, a DVD player, and some DVDs. Wi-Fi is available but you surely don’t have to connect. Central heating and air conditioning provide a comfortable environment. Across the street from the hotel is Porter Park with large open areas to recreate and is set up with a disc golf course. A spacious lawn area surrounds the hotel and is available to set up your own lawn games (croquet, badminton, volleyball, etc.)
The covered, wraparound porch with rocking chairs lends an air of nostalgia to a relaxing stay. If you’re up early enough, you may see turkeys or deer. A drive several miles from town will provide other wildlife viewing experiences such as golden eagles, prairie dogs, antelope, deer, hawks, turkey vultures, etc. There are interesting rock formations to see all around the area. About twenty-five miles away is the newly opened Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park.
Russell Springs is also home to the Butterfield Trail Museum. The Butterfield Overland Despatch was the stagecoach route between Atchison and Denver in the 1860s. The museum building was the Logan County courthouse from 1887-1963. In 1965, the building was dedicated as the Butterfield Trail Historical Museum. The museum is open May through Labor Day. The annual trail ride was resumed in 2021, in conjunction with Party in the Park, so if interested in that event that takes place in June, contact the Butterfield Trail organization. . .