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

MUSIC AT THE EMMA - 8 Wonder of Kansas Customs

Jam sessions EVERY Friday night at the Emma Chase Cafe (or out-of-doors on Broadway, weather permitting). MUSICIANS and LIST...

The Pioneer-Krier Museum
The Pioneer-Krier Museum

The Pioneer-Krier Museum compiles the history of the pioneers of Clark County, Kansas. Furnishings range from a country store...

The Cheyenne County Museum
The Cheyenne County Museum

The museum features a diorama complete with prehistoric fossils uncovered locally. This diorama shows life as it progressed ...

Rawlins County Courthouse
Rawlins County Courthouse

The Rawlins County Courthouse was built in 1906 and exemplifies Greco-roman architecture. ...

Old Stone Jail
Old Stone Jail

The old stone jail is one of several buildings that comprise the Jewell County Historical Society Museum and is listed on the...

Opera House
Opera House

Opened in 1903 and is still in use for community activities. The interior was recently painted, and the chandelier has been r...

Historic Grand Hotel
Historic Grand Hotel

Historic Grand HotelUp to a short time ago, this partially restored hotel featured restaurant facilities in the basement with...

Museum of Crawford County

The Museum of Crawford County is housed in the old Episcopal Church built in 1886-1888, and listed on the National Registe...

Kuenzli Creek Oxen Tours
Kuenzli Creek Oxen Tours

Experience the speed of travel on the western trails throughout the Tallgrass Prairie of the Flint Hills. Our two hour tou...

St. Francis River Walk

A beautiful one-mile walk along the Republican River on a mowed and maintained path lined with native Cottonwood, Hackberry, ...

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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...

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...

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