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Delphos, Kansas

Delphos, an agricultural community, is the home of Grace Bedell Billings, who was Lincoln's Little Correspondent. Grace Bedell wrote to Abraham Lincoln when she was a young girl and suggested that he should have whiskers. On Lincoln's way to Washington following his election to the presidency, he went to visit Grace to show that he let his whiskers grow for her and then he kissed her. Grace Bedell moved 3.5 miles north of Delphos after she was married at age 19.

In downtown Delphos in earlier times, an old hotel used to stand on the lot north of the bank and an opera house was north of the hotel. Traveling stage shows would give performances as they traveled from town to town. One of the actors to appear in Delphos was Milburn Stone, who years later played "Doc Adams" on the popular TV series, "Gunsmoke." While appearing in Delphos, Stone met Nellie Morrison who became his wife. They were married in the Presbyterian church in Delphos.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Zebulon Pike Trail Marker

This marker shows the route taken in the Delphos area by Captain Zebulon Pike and his exploring party during his 1806 expedition. On September 29, 1806, Pike held council with the Pawnee and had the Spanish flag taken down and the U.S. flag hoisted.

Delphos, KS Historical Markers

The Delphos Kansas UFO Landing Ring

A very credible UFO encounter occurred in the small town of Delphos, Kansas in 1971

Delphos, KS One Of A Kinds

Lincoln Bedell Monument

Grace Bedell wrote to Abraham Lincoln suggesting that he should have whiskers. On Lincoln's way to Washington following his election to the presidency,he went to visit Grace to show he let his whiskers grow for her and then he kissed her. Grace Bedell moved 3.5

Delphos, KS Monuments

Delphos: Red Post Tour

Pick up a self tour guide at the Chamber and follow the Red Posts. We have the National Prairie Tour where you can expect a lot of intriguing sights, on the "Bohemian Hills Tour", witness the rolling hills and give credit to the immigrants of Austria-Hungary who settled here in the 1870's, there'

Delphos, KS Tours

Bohemian Hall

The hall became the center for lodge meetings, wedding dances, public dances, plays, programs, church services and funerals. It was completed in 1937 and is still used for many of the same activities.

Delphos, KS Historic Buildings

Things to do near Delphos, KS