Black Squirrel Marshall County

  Black Squirrel City

On August 28th, 1972, the Governing Body of Marysville passed legislation protecting the black squirrel and making it the Official Town Mascot.  It has the freedom to trespass on all City property, immunity from traffic regulations and the first pick of all black walnuts growing within the city.

Entering Marysville from any direction, there are signs proclaiming, "Marysville, Kansas - Black Squirrel City."  Be on the lookout when driving around town for the black squirrel has the right-of-way on all streets, alleys and railroad crossings.  The fine is $25 for harming one.

The exclusive profusion of black squirrels in Marysville is a curious phenomenon.  The most likely explanation involves a traveling carnival which passed through town in the 1920's and stayed for a few days in the City's park.  Among the carnival exhibits was a cage full of black squirrels.  One night a child opened the cage and the squirrels escaped.  Since then, the squirrels have increased their ranks.  About 1/5th of Marysville's squirrel population is now black.  Whatever the reason for their presence in Marysville, residents and passersby seem to love them.

Many residents have squirrel boxes attached to their trees, fence posts and porches.  The community thinks they are beautiful and some think they bring good luck.

One of the best places to look for black squirrels is in our City Park.  These little bundles of energy are most active just after dawn and in the late afternoon.  Their highways are the power lines that run through the town.  They can cover a lot of territory safely by running over these lines, stopping at favorite trees here and there.  They love to sleep and sun themselves on high branches during the day, but often come to earth to forage in the shade.


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