Osawatomie is a city in Miami County, Kansas, United States, 61 miles (98 km) southwest of Kansas City. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,447.
Osawatomie's name is a compound of two primary Native American Indian tribes from the area, the Osage and Pottawatomie. In addition, the town is bordered by Pottawatomie Creek and the Marais des Cygnes River (part of the Osage River system), which are also named for the two tribes.The Emigrant Aid Society's transport of settlers to the Kansas Territoryas a base for Free State forces played a key role in the establishment of the community of Osawatomie in October 1854. Settled byabolitionists in hopes of aiding Kansas' entry to the United States as a free state, the community of Osawatomie and pro slavery communities nearby were quickly engaged in violence.Osawatomie was chartered in 1883 and in 1890 became a second-class city. The commission form of government was adopted in 1914.