Lincoln Park, Corner of 4th and Lincoln Streets
The county was named for Captain Avra P. Russell, Second Kansas Regiment, killed at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, in December, 1862
Originally the City of Russell was named Fossil Station by the railroad.
Russell is the only location in the nation that two International Highways intersect. Highway 281 (Mexico to Canada) and Highway 40 (coast to coast).
Famous folks with a connection to Russell include:
Bob Dole (1923–2021), long-time U.S. senator and Republican nominee for president of the United States in 1996 and for Gerald Ford’s vice president in 1976.
Arlen Specter (1930–2012), U.S. Senator from 1981 to 2011. He is the longest-serving senator from Pennsylvania, having represented the state for 30 years.
Philip Anschutz (1939- ), billionaire businessman. He co-founded Major League Soccer and he owns The L.A. Galaxy, and several others. He also owns the L.A. Kings and owns part of the L.A. Lakers. His portfolio includes Walden Media (the Narnia books), AEG Live (which manages the Intrust Bank Arena and Orpheum Theater), Regal Entertainment (Warren Theatres), and a portion of Union Pacific.
Find out more about the Strengthen the Arm of Liberty Statues across Kansas.