Alma, Kansas

Alma, Kansas

Alma, Kansas, the Wabaunsee County Seat, is a small community rich in German heritage. Alma is part of the Scenic Mill Creek Drive, one of the most beautiful in Kansas, providing a panoramic view of both Mill Creek and the endless rolling Flint Hills country.

Nestled in the beautiful Flint Hills, Alma is a stable community, surrounded by fertile farmland and bluestem grasslands. Mill creek winds through the area providing excellent fishing and canoeing along with the nearby City Reservoir and six federal Reservoirs within a 50-mile radius. The rural area abounds with excellent quail, prairie chicken, and deer.

The picturesque town of Alma first was a site of the Indian Pottawatomie tribe. Later in 1858, the first white settlement emerged, mostly settled by Germans, with some Swedish, English and Irish. The Germans were the most permanent and the most satisfied with the hard life of the pioneers, and they remained, their Teuton names still pepper the town and county: Palenske, (German-Polish), Thoes, Treu, Zwan Ziger, Ringel Vobach, Stueve, Schmitz, Schmidt, Geisler, Mueller, Hafenstein, and many others who have lent continuity and substance to this vicinity.

The town's name "Alma" has taken on controversial stories over the years. Some pioneers claimed it was named for the bloody battle of Alma in the Crime War in which Germans took part and some of its survivors later came to America. Others simply say that Alma was a pleasant settlement in Germany, remembered by the adventurers who left it. Another suggestion was that the name Alma means in Swedish, "A high place, frequented by Herds-men and by lovers." The latter name is at least, the most poetic, so we are willing to settle for that.

"Alma... has it all!"

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Historic Stone Fences

The federal government abolished the open range in a law passed in 1867. The government paid farmers $.40 per rod (16.5 feet) to build and maintain a 4.5

Alma, KS Scenic Drives

D.R. and E.W. Bruman/Schroeder Residence

Over the door, chiseled in ornate German script the date, 1882

Alma, KS Famous Homes

Alma United Methodist Church

This wood frame church was built and dedicated to the Glory of God in 1878. The frame building was of a simple design with narrow pointed gothic arched windows and a slender belfry atop the roof, which boasted the first church bell in Alma. In 1906

Alma, KS Historic Churches

Holy Family Catholic Church

The construction of this native stone church was the result of the original frame church burning. The cornerstone of this church was laid August 27, 1899 in the new native rock structure measuring 44 by 100

Alma, KS Historic Churches

Schroeder/Ringel Residence

This native stone home was built by Gus Schroeder in 1888. The Schroeder home and the date built are inscribed on the stone scroll above the front door. The exterior from the 100

Alma, KS Famous Homes

Things to do near Alma, KS

Muddy Creek Bridge

The Muddy Creek Bridge is a reinforced concrete bridge which is listed on the National Register and is believed to hav...