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Holton, Kansas

Holton, Kansas

In May of 1856, a Milwaukee wagon train financed by E.D. Holton made its way through the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, arriving in the fall in what is now Jackson County. After wintering in Topeka, thirty miles south, the settlers returned to a plateau south of Elk Creek and began building the town of Holton.

Norman Rockwell would have loved Holton, often described by visitors as one of Kansas' best kept secrets.

The Jackson County Courthouse built in 1920, occupies the center of the town square. Brick streets and store fronts that recapture the days of old make shopping at the craft, antique and variety stores around the square a richly rewarding adventure.

Seasonal hunting, fishing, swimming and golfing provide other interesting sights and sounds of our community.


Jackson County has 3,877 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Roebke Historical Home

A companion house to the Jackson County Historical Museum, the Roebke Historical Home is a carefully restored turn-of-the-century home housing special exhibits, including an extensive collection of fine Victorian era clothing, a children's room, a lace room, and several other rooms.

Holton, KS Historic Homes

Jackson County Historical Museum

The Jackson County Historical society Museum contains one of the finest volunteer-run collections in Kansas. Authentic, detailed exhibits are changed monthly.

Holton, KS Museums

Jackson County Courthouse

The Jackson County Courthouse, built in 1920, is the centerpiece of the courtyard and the downtown business community.

Holton, KS Historic Courthouses

Rafter Park

Rafters Park provides a variety of recreational opportunities in the scenic rolling terrain adjacent to Elkhorn Lake. Outdoor activities include swimming, softball/baseball, sand volleyball courts, miniature golf, fishing, and shelterhouses.

Holton, KS Parks

Sterrett House

A two-story, brick home dating to the 1860s.

Holton, KS Historic Homes

Things to do near Holton, KS

Kickapoo Nation Reservation (Kiikaapoaki)

The Kickapoo Nation Reservation is the second largest Indian reservation in the State of Kansas, covering an area of 6,570 ac...