Dietrich Cabin

The 1859 Dietrich Cabin tells the story of early German settlers of Franklin County.

The cabin was built in 1859 by Jacob and Catherine Dietrich. It was originally located southwest of present-day Princeton. One hundred years later, it was moved to City Park near 5th and Main streets in Ottawa, Kansas. The cabin stands as a tribute to the Dietrich family and the hundreds of other early pioneers who came to Franklin County.

Shortly after Elsie Gault, a granddaughter of the Dietrichs, donated the cabin to the Franklin County Historical Society, volunteers began to restore the cabin to its 1859 appearance. In 1961, the cabin was a focal point of Franklin County’s celebration of the Kansas Centennial.

Contact Information

5th and Main

City Park

Ottawa, KS 66067

Phone: 785-242-1232


Location Type


Living History

Historic Home

Interpretive Signs

Site Info

Bus / RV Parking