Blue Rapids,,Kansas

Blue Rapids, Kansas

On October 24, 1913, more than 3,000 fans watched the Chicago White Sox and New York Giants play baseball in Blue Rapids, Kansas, on the field that is still in use as a ball field today. Baseball legends like Jim Thorpe, John McGraw, Sam Crawford, Bill Klem, and Christy \"Big Six\" Mathewson were there that day.

While in Blue Rapids, be sure to visit the historic Public Library. It is one of the oldest public libraries west of the Mississippi River still operating in its original building. Also, just north of town is Alcove Spring Park. Alcove Spring is one of the most historic camping stops on the Oregon Trail. Such people as Kit Carson, John Fremont, and the Donner Party camped there while heading west. Alcove Spring is now a 200 acre park open to the public.

The townsite for the development of Blue Rapids was chosen at the junction of the Big Blue and Little Blue Rivers in 1869, by the Genessee Colony of LeRoy, New York which was organized with plans to build a model community in the Midwest. It was, and is, an area which boasted abundant and good tasting water, oasis-like beauty and rich natural resources.

A dam was built across the river to generate power for a woolen mill. In 1902, a fire destroyed several of the industries, and the 1903 flood waters completed the destruction. After these disasters many of the business places were rebuilt away from the river\'s edge at the site of the present day business district.

The community continued to prosper by centering on the gypsum industry. In the early 1900\'s there were four gypsum mines in operation. Today only one remains, with a supply of gypsum estimated to last at least one hundred years.

In 1958, the gates to Tuttle Creek Lake on the Big Blue River were closed and water covered a large trade area important to the town. Many industrial and residential changes were made because of it.

Attractions near Blue Rapids, Kansas

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

This impressive Smithsonian-affiliated facility houses one of the most comprehensive space museums in existence and offers th...

The Osawatomie City Lake

The Osawatomie City Lake is open for small craft boating and is stocked for fishing. The 75-acre recreational area provides a...

Gardner Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 4 days...

Seneca Recreation

Listed below are just a few of the fun things to enjoy while you're in Seneca. Feel free to contact the Chamber of Commerc...


J.R. Burrows, a banker, built the mansion in 1883. The two story frame Victorian home was outfitted with the finest felt wall...

Milford Hunting and Wildlife

Many game species are present on Milford Wildlife Area. Known mainly for its quail and pheasant populations. The area ...

Blacksmith Coffee Roastery
Blacksmith Coffee Roastery

Every Fourth of July, one of the original owners, Janne Johnson of the old Holmberg - Johnson Blacksmith and Wagon Shop, woul...

Lincoln Art Center

The Lincoln Art Center features a public art collection as well as rotating exhibits of visual arts. A number of local artist...

Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church

Organized 1874....

Civic Center (Brown County Fairgrounds)

Located on West 7th Street, the Fairgrounds are fronted by a wall constructed of native Kansas limestone. The main building i...

Blue Rapids Map

Upcoming Events near Blue Rapids, Kansas

Kickapoo Pow Wow

Start Date: Fri August, 26th
Each year, the Kickapoo Tribe hosts their Annual Pow-Wow during the last weekend of August. There will be many dancers from a...

Veterans Day Parade

Start Date: Fri November, 11th
USD 430 students participate in marching bands, creat floats and etc. to honor area veterans on their annual designated day. ...

Santa Comes to Town

Start Date: Fri November, 11th
Christmas Kickoff! Santa Claus Comes to Town! Annual Night of Lights Christmas Giveaway! Lighting of the Tree by Mayor! A...

Veterans Day Parade

Start Date: Fri November, 11th
Downtown Clifton 2:00 p.m....

Banner of Lights

Start Date: Fri November, 25th
Drive-through campground displays of various lighting experiences to celebrate Christmas. Every evening 6-9pm from the day af...

Christmas Window Opening

Start Date: Fri November, 25th
Friday night after Thanksgiving. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by a firetruck provided by the Sabetha Fire Department at 6:00pm...

Snowlake Festival

Start Date: Fri November, 25th
The arrival of Santa and the tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Degginger Park which allows a photo op for par...

Halloween Haunted Train

Start Date: Fri October, 21st
Miniature train ride with ghosts and goblins and Halloween treats. Rides scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the North...

Holton's Holiday Open House

Start Date: Fri October, 28th
Annual holiday open house complete with wonderful decorations, refreshments, and store specials. 8am-6pm....

Holton Fall Fest

Start Date: Fri October, 7th
Festival of arts & entertainment for the entire family. Enjoy a 5k Saturday morning. Sample or compete for best chili and s...

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