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

Old Mill

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Smoky Hill Country Club

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Carnegie Library
Carnegie Library

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Historical Museum of Anthony
Historical Museum of Anthony

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Clay Center Zoo

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Hidden Springs Golf Course
Hidden Springs Golf Course

Hidden Springs Golf Course offers a challenging 9 hole, par 36 public course with lots of water. The signature hole is #9, a ...

Norman No. 1 Oil Well Museum
Norman No. 1 Oil Well Museum

November 28, 1892, the Norman No. 1 oil well became the first and largest commercial oil well west of the Mississippi and it ...

Pony Express Bronze Horse & Rider
Pony Express Bronze Horse & Rider

The bronze Pony Express Horse & Rider are located at the Pony Express Plaza, between Broadway & Highway 36 at 7th Street. Th...

Three Barns

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Lincoln County Courthouse
Lincoln County Courthouse

The Lincoln County Courthouse is a limestone monument completed in 1900, and listed on the National Register of Historic P...

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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...

The Amelia Earhart Festivals is an annual celebration honoring Atchison's most famous daughter. Highlights include Friday evening lakeside concert, downtown fair with arts & crafts, live entertainment, food vendors and activities for children, panel discussion with authors and researchers, luncheon honoring the current recipient of the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award, speakers' symposium featuring women of achievement, carnival rides, aerobatic performances and a spectacular fireworks display over the Missouri River.
Amelia Earhart Festival

Start Date: Fri July, 15th
The Amelia Earhart Festivals is an annual celebration honoring Atchison's most famous daughter. Highlights include Friday eve...

Parade, 4-H and open class judging, barbecue, petting zoo, carnival, livestock exhibits, concessions, tractor pull, 10K walk-run, Kiddie Land, demolition derby, figure 8 race..
Marshall County Fair and Parade

Start Date: Fri July, 15th
Parade, 4-H and open class judging, barbecue, petting zoo, carnival, livestock exhibits, concessions, tractor pull, 10K walk-...

Nemaha County Fair

Start Date: Fri July, 22nd
4H - Building For The Future -------------------------- Welcome 4-H members, parents, leaders and friends to participation...

Sabetha Spring Citywide Garage Sales BONANZA

Start Date: Fri June, 10th
BARGAINS & FUN Await YOU!!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS & SAVE THIS DATE at the Sabetha Citywide Garage Sales in Northeast Kansas. W...

International Forest of Friendship Celebration

Start Date: Fri June, 17th
Annual celebration honoring the men and women of aviation and space; childrens' activities, parade of U.S. and foreign flags,...

The annual Pony Express Re-Ride will be over the Pony Express National Historic Trail.  Commemorative letters and personal mail will be carried in a mochila and relayed by over 550 riders over the 1,966 mile route.  They will stop in Marysville at approximately 9:00 p.m. Come early in case the riders are ahead of schedule!  You don't want to miss this historic event!
Pony Express Re-Ride

Start Date: Fri June, 17th
The annual Pony Express Re-Ride will be over the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Commemorative letters and personal ma...

City-Wide Garage Sales

Start Date: Fri June, 3rd
Citizens all over town participate in this Chamber of Commerce event. Sure to give the treasurer/bargain hunter lots to sear...

Footloose Dance Recital

Start Date: Fri June, 3rd
Annual recital for students of Footloose Dance Studio. Performances by children ages 3 to 18. Friday & Saturday evening pe...

Friday Night Cruisn' & Poker Run

Start Date: Fri June, 3rd
Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, this is a fun night for everyone. Cruise down Main Street like we used to do and join ...

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