"Chanute, Kansas" Chanute by basstbn

Chanute Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 30 photos

About Chanute

Chanute is a small town of slightly less than ten thousand inhabitants located in the southeastern corner of Kansas. For years it has best been known as a railroad town, but the city's Martin and Osa Johnson makes this town well worth a visit.

The Osa and Martin Johnson Safari Museum

Easily the most important reason to visit Chanute in my mind...

Who were Martin and Osa Johnson? Although virtually unknown today, this handsome young couple from Kansas were household names during the 1920s and 30s whose images could be seen on product endorsements in the most popular magazines of the day. Their adventure and wildlife films had movie-goers queued up all over the world, and their books were top sellers.

Half of the city's classic now serves as a museum dedicated to the Johnsons. It is quite unfortunate this museum is not better known - it is a jewel.

The Octave Chanute Memorial

This clever and interesting mobile sculpture occupies a prime spot on Chanute's main street, and is dedicated to Oscar Chanute.

Octave Chanute was never a resident of Chanute, but the railroads he built made the town possible. In addition to being an engineer and builder, he also developed an interest and expertise in the developing science of aviation. His book on the subject of gliders caught the attention of Wilbur and Orville Wright, who contacted him. Chanute served as a mentor to the young aviators, and the shape of their Kitty Hawk flying machine frame was strongly influenced by Chanute's successful glider design.

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  • Last visit to Chanute: Mar 2010
  • Intro Updated Aug 9, 2010
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