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

Squaw's Den Cave, The Last Indian Battle in Kansas
Squaw's Den Cave, The Last Indian Battle in Kansas

Travel to the place where the last Indian battle in Kansas took place. Punished Woman Fork is about a mile southeast of Lake ...

Combat Air Museum, Forbes Field
Combat Air Museum, Forbes Field

Much more than a collection of aircraft, Combat Air Museum houses a wide variety of military and aviation oriented memorabili...

St. Mary's Chapel
St. Mary's Chapel

As the first stone church in Kansas, the original building was constructed by the Episcopalians in the mid 1850's. The corner...

Cedar Cove - Feline Conservatory
Cedar Cove - Feline Conservatory

Located just 4 miles east of Louisburg, Kansas on Highway 68, Cedar Cove is a nonprofit organization devoted to the care and ...

Dalton Defenders Museum
Dalton Defenders Museum

The Dalton Defenders Museum houses memorabilia from the infamous Dalton Raid in 1892. Guns, saddles and the original First Na...

Jester's Comedy Club

Kansas City's original stand-up comedy house, Stanford & Sons, has opened another venue in central Overland Park featuring th...

Stafford County Historical Museum
Stafford County Historical Museum

This 21-room museum depicts the Stafford County's history through artifacts dating from the 1800's to the present. A wealth o...

Oswego Historical Society Museum
Oswego Historical Society Museum

The collection includes photographs and memorabilia of Oswego's early days - back to 1841 when it was known officially as "Li...

C & R Railroad
C & R Railroad

C&R Railroad invites you to a quaint community tucked inside a 57-foot mountain range in the McDill "Huck" Boyd Center where ...

Historic Bridges

Two historic bridges are located in the Lenora vicinity. They are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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...

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...

Marysville City Wide Garage Sales

Start Date: Fri September, 16th
Come to Marysville for the annual City Wide Garage Sales with bargains galore at over 60 sales, there is something for everyo...

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